Parity is is a faith-based LGBTQ-focused organization based in New York, N.Y. that advocates for and supports queer-positive religious persons. With its roots in the Presbyterian tradition, Parity is now an interfaith organization. Rev. Marian Edwards-Allen is the executive director.
Brian Pellot is director of global strategy at Religion News Foundation and Religion News Service. He organized and implemented the November 2016 workshop in Cape Town and wrote this guide, its corresponding curriculum, and the forthcoming reporting guide on religion and sexual/gender minorities in sub-Saharan Africa.
Tiffany Mugo is the co-founder and curator of HOLA Africa, a Pan-Africanist online hub that aims to share the stories of Africa’s queer female community and increase the digital visibility of queer African women.
Mindy Michels manages Freedom House’s Dignity for All LGBTI Assistance Program from Washington, D.C. Dignity for All provides emergency assistance; security, opportunity and advocacy rapid response grants (SOAR grants); and security assessment and training to human rights defenders and civil society organizations under threat or attack due to their work for LGBTI human rights.
Michael Heflin is director of equality for the Open Society Human Rights Initiative, which promotes justice, equality and participation of all, including LGBTI individuals and communities.
Graeme Reid is director of the LGBT rights program at Human Rights Watch in New York City. Reid, who is originally from South Africa, has conducted research and has taught and published extensively on gender, sexuality, LGBT issues and HIV/AIDS.
Shawn M. Gaylord leads Human Rights First’s initiative to combat violence against LGBTI people globally.
John Marnell is the publishing and communications officer at Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action in Johannesburg and is often based in Melbourne, Australia. He has trained journalists from across sub-Saharan Africa on how to better report on LGBTI issues.
Colin Stewart runs the Erasing 76 Crimes blog, which focuses on the human toll of more than 70 countries’ anti-LGBTI laws and local struggles to repeal them.