Roxana Marin

Grassroots Activist

“If one can be taught anything, one can also be untaught everything: rules, norms, definitions, recipes, fixed-form poetry and prayer, shame, fear. whatever limits or takes away their freedom.”

Roxana Marin is a grassroots educator and activist, as well a public speaking coach for teens and professional adults working in profit and nonprofit settings. Another hat she wears is that of community organizer in Roma slums and mentor to young fellow-Roma and queer advocates at the onset of their course. For the past 3 years, Roxana has provided support to young transgender teens in different high schools.

Tudor Kovacs

Programmes Officer, IGLYO

Tudor Kovacs’s career has been focused on education, empowerment and the rights and the health of the LGBTQI community. He now works as a Capacity Building Manager for the International Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Youth and Student Organisation (IGLYO).

Up until the end of 2014, he managed the operations of the umbrella organisation ECOM (Eurasian Coalition on Male Health), as its Executive Director, working in advocacy and capacity building around HIV for MSM (men having sex with men) and Trans organizations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Prior to this, he worked at Population Services International (PSI) in Romania, where he led the HIV prevention and support program for men who have sex with men (MSM).  During this time, he also served on the Steering Committee of the Global Forum on MSM and HIV, participating in global level advocacy and capacity building for MSM worldwide.

He provided input to several United Nations publications and contributed to the content and rollout of UN for All program to improve workplace inclusion within the UN.

Mina Tolu

Trans Activist, Communications Consultant

“The stories told about LGBTQIA people can shape how the world sees and interacts with us. When we take the power of storytelling into our own hands, we can be agents of change, showing both our current realities and our vision for an LGBTQIA inclusive future.”

Mina Tolu is a trans activist and young green politician. They have 10 years of experience in campaigning and communications on human rights and environmental issues. This includes designing and implementing online and social media campaigns for IGLYO, Transgender Europe, and We Are – an LGBTQI youth organisation in Malta. As well as coordinating a national referendum campaign in Malta in 2015, and their own campaign as a candidate for the European Parliament in 2019.

Mina has experience in delivering non-formal education training and seminars on visual communications and strategic campaigns. Currently they are completing a Master’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and working as a consultant on trans and non-binary inclusive storylines for European productions.

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