Susana Fried

Susana is a Senior Advisor, Global Programs for CREA and a Fellow at the Global Health Justice Partnership (Yale University). Her work focuses on building cross-movement strategies and advocacy to challenge criminalization of sexual and reproductive rights, sexuality, HIV, sex work, sexual orientation, gender identity and drug use. From 2008-2014, she was the senior gender, HIV and health advisor at UNDP. Susana has worked in a senior capacity with a wide range of women’s rights, human rights, sexuality-related rights and SRHR organizations, including Open Societies Foundation, ICASO, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Amnesty International, the OUTRIGHT Action International (formerly the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission), the International Women’s Health Coalition, Harvard School of Public Health, WHO, and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, among others. She has spoken and written widely on topics related to gender-based violence, sexuality, health and rights. She is currently a Board member of the Positive Action for Girls and Women Fund and the Athena Network and sits on the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program.

Sanjar Kurmanov

Sanjar is from Kyrgyzstan. He has worked several years as Executive Director of Labrys, Kyrgyzstan’s main LGBTQIA organisation. Sanjar built his expertise on legal gender recognition as well as developing partnerships with the sex workers movement, drug users and community building in Kyrgyzstan. Since 2019 Sanjar works for Transgender Europe as coordinator of the PROtrans project on monitoring discrimination and violence against trans people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Natia Gvianishvili

Natia is lesbian feminist activist from Georgia. She has been active in the feminist and LGBT movements in Georgia for 10 years. She is one of the founders of Independent Group of Feminists and has worked in organizations like Identoba and Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group focusing on research, community mobilization and advocacy related to women’s and LGBT rights. Natia is one of the first publicly open lesbian activists in Georgia and has done much work connected to raising positive visibility of LGBT communities in Georgia. She currently lives in Sweden and works at RFSL – The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Rights, with a specific focus on advocacy in the Eastern Partnership countries.

Kyli Kleven

Kyli comes to Astraea with a background in grassroots social justice movements, art, and dance. She is grateful to have learned alongside folks at The Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE), a comprehensive trauma-informed leadership and physical empowerment organization based in Brooklyn, NY that centers the needs and power of folks who experience intersecting identity-based oppression and interpersonal violence. After building strength in CAE’s programs, she spent five years there growing into roles spanning development (with an emphasis on government funding), communications, office administration, and data manipulation. She holds a BFA in Dance with a minor in Gender Studies from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to her work supporting grantmaking at Astraea, she makes and performs dance-based work throughout NYC and abroad. She is originally from Alaska.

Devanand Milton (Millie)

I Devanand Milton (Millie) is a Transgender woman who is actively involved in the planning,
implementation and oversight of HIV and AIDS in Guyana. I am Vice Chair and Transgender
representative on the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) for Global Fund in Guyana.
I have obtained formal education from Stewartville Secondary School and Nations University. At
these institutions I obtained General Cambridge Certificates in the area of Science and a
Diploma in Business Management and Finance from Cambridge University.
I am entrusted with the responsibility to share HIV prevention messages, encourages early HIV
Counseling and Testing, referral for sexual health services, distribution of condoms and water
base lubricants and distribution of Biological Behavior Communication materials. I also conduct
Support Group Meetings with HIV+ and Key Population (KP) who was not tested in more than six
months. I gave psychosocial support counseling to peers. I also prepare monthly reports for
review on HIV prevention progress.

I am also responsible to supervise and support grass roots individuals from the Key Population,
in programmes relating to Stigma and Discrimination, Gender Base Violence, Counseling and
Testing (HCT), Care and Treatment as well as programme monitoring and reporting – Technical
and Financial. These two distant roles create an opportunity for me to understand HIV
implementation both at programme and implementation level. I am able to understand the
unique needs of Key Population while promoting interventions at programme level to meet
these needs.

I am a NGO Delegation Member on UNAIDS PCB representing Latin America and the Caribbean
(LAC) and also the Vice Chair on Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism – Guyana. This
current portfolio also entails networking with both National and International Stakeholders so as
to advance the cause and needs of Transgender individuals and members of the Key Population.
I am a board member for A Global Network for Trans Women and HIV (IRGT).

Loé Petit

Loé Petit is a French queer and feminist intersex activist, involved in community organizing at national, regional and international scales. They have over 15 years of experience as an activist for social justice in various grassroots movements. Their life and activism are currently based between France, Portugal and Switzerland, with additional travels for activism in other countries. They hold a bachelor’s degree in History and master’s degrees in French as a foreign language, in Documentation, and in Gender Studies. They are currently a PhD student in Political Science specialized in Gender Studies, working on intersex as a political identity. Loé is a cofounder and a member of Collectif Intersexes et Allié.e.s – OII France, the president of Réseau Francophone de Recherche sur l’Intersexuation, a member of OII-Francophonie and a former board member of OII Europe. They’re also a member of TransMissão: Associação Trans e Não-Binária, and a roller derby non-skating official.

Cata Gomez

Fanny (Cata) Gomez-Lugo is a feminist, activist, human rights lawyer and academic. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center (GULC) in Washington DC since 2012, where she teaches courses on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity/expression and sexual and reproductive rights. She is the Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy with Synergía – Initiatives for Human Rights, a cross-regional NGO. She was the human rights specialist at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), in charge of coordinating the execution of the legal work, projects, and the activities of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Persons (2012-2016). She is originally from Venezuela, where she obtained her law degree (Juris Doctor equivalent) (UCAB, 2003). She earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree with a focus in international law (McGill University, Canada, 2006). On a scholarship from the University of Chile, she pursued graduate studies on the human rights of women (2007). She completed the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP) at GULC (Washington DC, 2009). She is the author to several publications in the areas of sexuality, gender, and international human rights law. 

Neish McLean

Neish McLean is a trans masculine Jamaican activist with local, regional and international experience in trans advocacy. He enjoys working on proposal writing, program development and movement building and takes a holistic approach to trans activism. He is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of TransWave Jamaica, Vice-Chair of the United Caribbean Trans Network, the Regional Coordinator for the Caribbean for Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT) and has recently joined the Grant Making Panel of the International Trans Fund. As the Caribbean Program Officer at OutRight Action International he is responsible for implementing OutRight’s work throughout the region. He holds a BSc. in Psychology which helps in his work as a human rights defender while using his lived reality as a trans person to inform his advocacy. He also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Sports Management. He is a sports and fitness enthusiast.

Alicia Wallace

Alicia A. Wallace is a human rights defender with expertise in gender, public educator, and nonprofit consultant from The Bahamas. She is the Director of Equality Bahamas — which promotes women’s rights as human rights through advocacy and community engagement — and a Caribbean Advisor for FRIDA Young Feminist Fund. Alicia is particularly interested in issues of identity, power, and privilege, committed to uprooting systems of oppression, and passionate about activating the feminist imagination. She produces The Culture RUSH monthly newsletter, tweets as @_AliciaAudrey, and always has a forthcoming project, toolkit, or paper.