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Engagement and Solidarity with Global Queer Communities
Raphael Gontijo Lopes · Bisi Alimi · Faris Gezahegn · Ida Momennejad · Tan Zhi-Xuan

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Raphael Gontijo Lopes (Google Brain)
Bisi Alimi (Bisi Alimi Foundation)
Faris Gezahegn (House of Guramayle)

Faris Cuchi Gezahegn is a performance artist and an intersectional LGBTIQA* advocate who uses different media such as performance art, style activism, podcasts and a YouTube show to bring about social change and start a conversation on the issues they face while navigating day-to-day life as femme presenting non-binary Ethiopian/African LGBTIQA* advocate/refugee in central Europe. They have lived in Austria since 2017, having been granted asylum after their security in Ethiopia was compromised. They are the host and producer of the podcast “fly-ism,” which they launched through Kültür gemma art initiative, and the YouTube web series “Alen” through House of Guramayle. They are also a Fellow at the Salzburg Global LGBT* Forum, as well as the co-founder and former Executive Director of DANA Social group, the first self-organized LGBTIQA* grass-root organization aiming to improve health access and advocate visibility for the Ethiopian queer community. They co-founded House of Guramayle – an intersectional organization that advocate for inclusive policy and legislation in Ethiopia for LGBTIQA+ community. They are also an active member of Afro Rainbow Austria, the first organization established by and for African LGBTIQA* persons living in Austria. Having received a degree in computer science and a Microsoft IT professional certification on MS 2008 server Administration, they worked in Ethiopia as an IT expert.

Ida Momennejad (Columbia University)
Tan Zhi-Xuan (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

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