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Jun 01, 2015
by Rachitaa Gupta
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LGBT Fellow Updates

Updates on our Global LGBT Forum Fellows Tamar Adrian, IDAHOT Chair, is a three time Salzburg Global Fellow

We are starting a new twice-a-year newsletter for our Global LGBT Forum Network (subscribe here). In this edition we start with a few highlights from our past Fellows and the new people joining us this year. We hope that it inspires you to reconnect, and even more, share with us your own stories for future editions of our newsletter.


Tamara Adrian was appointed Chair of the IDAHOT Committee’s Board of Trustees in March 2014. IDAHO Committee was created in 2005 by the founders of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia “For the past 10 years, the IDAHO Committee has worked to make the Day (May 17) become the single biggest LGBT global annual mobilization moment.” Also see our video interview with Tamara Adrian(Fellow of Salzburg Global LGBT Forum: Creating Long Term Global Networks to Sustain LGBT Human Rights Organizations and LGBT and Human Rights: New Challenges, Next Steps)

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera was featured on the cover of the TIME Magazine's European Edition: Out in Africa, this week. She was also the recipient of 2013 Nuremberg Human Rights Award. She also launched Bombastic, first LGBT publication in Uganda. Also see our feature on her. (Fellow of Salzburg Global LGBT Forum: Creating Long Term Global Networks to Sustain LGBT Human Rights Organizations and LGBT and Human Rights: New Challenges, Next Steps)

Ralf Kleindiek was appointed State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs by minister Manuela Schwesig in January 2014. (Fellow of Salzburg Global LGBT Forum: Creating Long Term Global Networks to Sustain LGBT Human Rights Organizations)

Michael Kirby, a long time Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar, was appointed Vice Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association and Commissioner of UNAIDS Commission on Sustainable Health. He was the Commissioner and Chair, UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and was awarded the Leo Nevas Award for Human Rights from the UN Foundation of the USA.

Yinhe Li was featured in New York Times for promoting the rights of LGBT community in China. She and her partner were also featured on the cover of People Weekly, one of the most widely read magazines in China. Also see our video interview with Yinhe Li. (Fellow of LGBT and Human Rights: New Challenges, Next Steps)

Fadi Zaghmout will be releasing English translation of his first novel "Aroos Amman" in July, 2015 after presenting a translated chapter of his book for the first time at our Founding gathering Global LGBT Forum 2013. Titled "The Bride of Amman", the novel was first published in 2012 in Arabic and "takes a sharp-eyed look at the intersecting lives of four women and one gay man in Jordan’s historic capital, Amman—a city deeply imbued with its nation’s traditions and taboos." He also published his second book, "Heaven on Earth" in 2014. (Fellow of LGBT and Human Rights: New Challenges, Next Steps)

Travis Kong presented a short video on older Chinese gay men during our Founding gathering Global LGBT Forum 2013, with a very lively and supportive discussion, and has continued working on this topic. He now presented his book 'Oral History of Older Gay Men in Hong Kong' and was featured in Gay and Grey Talk in March, 2015. The book documents "twelve life stories of such men and captures how complexity of their lives is interwoven with the Hong Kong history, as well as the difficulties and hardships they have encountered especially due to their sexual orientation, through colonial to contemporary times." Also see our video interview with Travis Kong(Fellow of LGBT and Human Rights: New Challenges, Next Steps)

Nazeeha Saeed was nominated for the Johann Philipp Palm Award, by the Committee to Protect Journalists for showing "a dedicated commitment to free expression in a country with consistent history of repression and censorship and denial, despite the risks to her safety." (Fellow of LGBT and Human Rights: New Challenges, Next Steps)

Zanele Muholi shared her work and new projects with us in a lively evening presentation at our Founding gathering Global LGBT Forum 2013, and now works on her exhibition Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence at Brooklyn Museum. This exhibition is the "most comprehensive museum presentation to date of Muholi’s works and features several of the artist’s ongoing projects about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) communities, both in her home country and abroad." (Fellow of LGBT and Human Rights: New Challenges, Next Steps)

Ana Chacon took the office as the Vice President of Costa Rica in the administration of Luis Guillermo Solís. She is one of the two Vice Presidents of Costa Rica and was elected on May 8, 2014. Also see our video interview with Ana Chacon(Fellow of LGBT and Human Rights: New Challenges, Next Steps)

Klaus Mueller curated In the Pink Triangle: a Memorial Space for the larger exhibition Homosexualities at the German-Historical Museum and Gay Museum in Berlin that opens on June 26, 2015.  His exhibition In whom can I still? on the Nazi persecution of homosexuals was shown in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town, South Africa. (Founder and Chair, Salzburg Global LBGT Forum).

If you want to reach out to our Fellowship Network, please keep us updated and send your updates to: fellowship@salzburgglobal.org

* LGBT: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. We are using this term as it is widely recognized in many parts of the world, but we would not wish it to be read as in any way exclusive of other cultures, terms or groups.