SPEAKERS

Surya Monro

A Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Hudderfield, UK. She has published substantially in the fields of gender and sexuality, notably on the topic of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equalities. She is the author of Gender Politics: Citizenship, Activism, and Sexual Diversity (Pluto Press 2005), co-author (with Diane Richardson) of Sexuality, Equality and Diversity (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012), and author of Bisexuality (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015).

Juul Van Hoof

Advises and supports local authorities in developing and implementing LGBT (-inclusive) policies. Advising policy makers and NGO’s, building local coalitions and strengthening gay & straight alliances on a local level are important aspects of her work. She has worked in the LGBT field since 2002, mainly in national projects on intersectionality of identities (LGBT and ethnicity, disability, age and religion, e.g.) and local LGBT policies. Currently, she is the project manager of a project, which focuses on LGBT policy within 42 Dutch municipalities, funded by the Dutch government. Moreover, she is the founder and coordinator of the Rainbow Cities Network, a network of 23 international cities with an active and explicit LGBT policy. In 2015, she contributed to a report by the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities: “Guaranteeing LGBT peoples’ rights: a responsibility for Europe’s towns and regions”.

Gabriel Reboredo

Is from O Carballino (Ourense/Spain). He dedicates himself to the diffusion of traditional Galician music and dance. He currently gives workshops in different cultural associations. In 2014, while on his Route of Santiago de Compostella, he went through Ulloa, where he decided to stay until now. He met there other people who found it necessary to visualize the LGBT community in a rural environment. Together, they decided to fund the Collective “Agrogay da Ulloa” which objective is to create a diverse and respectful with others and with environment rural community.

Florencio Chicote

Works within the LGBTI Unit of the “Berlin State Office for Equal Treatment and against Discrimination” at the Berlin Senate Department for Labour, Integration and Women. He is responsible for the coordination of the Berlin Action Plan against homo- and transphobia and for LGBTI related topics such as international and European co-operation, labour, migration, intersectionality and LGBTI rights.

Lucas Platero Méndez

Researcher at the University Compluense in Madrid, he is a teacher in socio- community intervention (secondary education) in several master programs and Studies Program MNCARS, Somateca. He holds a PhD in Political Science and Sociology from the UNED and is an expert on trans issues, education and violence at school. Among his books figure: “Tools to combat homophobic bullying” (Talasa, 2017), “Intersections: bodies and sexualities at the crossroads (Bellaterra, 2012) and “Trans*exualities. Accompaniments, health factors and educational resources ” (Bellaterra, 2014).

Raoul Galarraga

He has been employed by the municipality of Amsterdam since 2005. In the past few years, he has been working as a policy advisor in various municipal programs within the frame of “Shelter Program for Youth at Risk” and the “Caribbean Amsterdam”. Since 2013, he has been working at the Diversity Department as a policy adviser on the LGBTI community. His life mission is to work towards more democratic and respectful with human rights Amsterdam, where all citizens can lead their lives in freedom without threats, intimidation, violence or fear. He believes that LGBTI rights are human rights and human rights are fundamental values ​​of our society.

Cristina Garaizabal

Psychologist and expert on sexual diversity. Coordinator of The Report about the Model of Support and Assistance to Trans People edited by the City Council of Barcelona. Since the late 80s, she has been dedicated to the assistance to trans people from a despathologizative perspective. She wrote numerous articles on this subject and was among the first professionals who assisted trans people at the Isidor Clinic in Madrid.

Marta Cruells

Did her PhD in Political Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, with the thesis “Political intersectionality”. She is a specialist in gender theory, penal systems and analysis and evaluation of public policies. She has also worked on social exclusion and social movements. She has led several research projects at European, national and regional level and has several publications in books, magazines and co-publishing of the books: “Women, Integration and Prison” (Aurea, 2005) and “The democracy of the future. From 15M to the emergence of a vibrant civil society” (Icaria, 2013). She currently works as advisor at the Department of Lifecycle, Feminism and LGTBI at the City Council of Barcelona.

Simona Topolinjak

Is a Senior Adviser in the City of Ljubljana’s Department of Health and Social Care. She has PhD in Political Science and she worked as a researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Among other things, she is also responsible for LGBT issues and gender equality at the City Administration. She also coordinates city project – LGBT friendly Certificate, she is representative of the city in the Rainbow Cities Network, has co-edited booklet Rainbow Ljubljana and she has presented LGBT friendly Ljubljana at various events.

Gemma García

Has a degree in Political Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Between 2000-2007 she worked as a technician of civil rights subject at City Council in Terrassa. The emotional and sexual diversity was one of her areas of work at that period. From 2007 to the present day, as a Head of Service, she is a maximum technical responsible in those subjects and in similar issues, such as cultural diversity or social inclusion. Between 2012 and 2013 she developed a diagnosis on the reality of lesbian and gay people in the city of Terrassa, which served as base for organization of the Pact for Emotional, Sexual and Gender Identity Diversity in Terrassa, approved at the end of 2014.