OutSummit Speakers 2018

OutSummit – Pushing the Boundaries for Global LGBTIQ Activism one day conference is assembling a line up of speakers to represent all the letters of our community. Keep checking back regularly additions to the list.


Ging Cristobal

Neish McLean

Ging Cristobal

A lesbian feminist activist since 1997, Ging Cristobal joined the OutRight Action International in 2008 as Project Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific. Ging has been a technical advisor of UNDP Being’s Asia regional project LGBT in Asia, and is acting Chairperson of the Quezon City Pride Council, instrumental in having the anti-discrimination ordinance passed in Quezon City. Ging is one of the co-founders of the ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, a coalition of LGBT groups in Southeast Asia advocating for the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGIE) in the ASEAN. Her work is focused on issues on police education on LGBTI rights, LGBT migrant workers in ASEAN and legislative advocacy work an ASEAN.

Neish McLean

McLeanNeish McLean is a Jamaican LGBTQ activist who is committed and passionate about advocacy for the community which is reflected in his involvement in local and regional work. In Jamaica, Neish co-founded TransWave Jamaica, Jamaica’s first and only organization that is solely dedicated to trans advocacy. Additionally, he brings with him regional and international exposure through his participation in human rights workshops and trainings. Neish serves as Vice-Chair of the United Caribbean Trans Network as well as a member of the Steering Committee for CARIFLAGS. Neish is well positioned to make an impact in his role as Caribbean Program Officer at OutRight. He holds a BSc in Psychology which helps in his work as a human rights defender while using his lived reality as a man of trans experience to inform his advocacy. He also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Sports Management. He is a sports and fitness enthusiast.


Malita Picasso is a third year law student at CUNY School of Law, graduating in May of 2019 with her J.D. She is the current Editor-in-Chief of the CUNY Law Review, a journal dedicated to publishing social justice focused legal scholarship. She was recently awarded a two-year Skadden Foundation Fellowship to work at the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project, where she will provides direct representation and legal advocacy to Transgender Elders challenging gender-based discrimination and bias by elder care providers.

Mary Lu Bilek is dean of CUNY School of Law, where she began teaching as one of the founding faculty in 1985. As a faculty member, associate dean, and interim dean, she led initiatives promoting student-centered instruction, developing and implementing CUNY Law’s innovative curriculum for practice, creating a robust bar support program, and spearheading programs that have increased the diversity of the legal profession, including the school’s innovative Pipeline to Justice Program.

Roger Doughty

Roger Doughty has been a volunteer with OutRight since 1995, including two rounds of service on the board of directors (this is year 14). He’s been a leader in the LGBTIQ movement for more than 25 years and currently serves as president of Horizons Foundation, which supports the movement and LGBTIQ diverse communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the country, and internationally.


Flávia Piovesan was elected Commissioner of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for a four-year mandate beginning on the 1st of January 2018 and ending on the 31st of December 2021. Commissioner Piovesan serves as the Rapporteur for the Rights of LGBTI Persons and is in charge of the Unit on the Rights of Older Persons. Flavia has been a Professor of Constitutional Law and Humans Rights at the Catholic University of São Paulo since 1991, a Professor at the University of Buenos Aires, and a Professor at the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law of the American University in the United States. Flavia has conducted postdoctoral research in Harvard Law School, Oxford University and Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, where she studied the regional human rights protection systems. Commissioner Piovesan is author of numerous academic publications and has worked as a consultant for international organizations.

Karamo Brown is a TV personality best known for being the ‘culture expert’ on Netflix’s reboot of Queer Eye, where his job is to makeover the mind and hearts of the people he is helping, by guiding them to figure out the root of their issues. Karamo worked as a licensed social worker and psychotherapist for nearly a decade.The father of two began his television career in 2004 on MTV’s reality show “The Real World: Philadelphia” – where he became the first openly gay black man to be cast on reality TV.

Opening Plenary:
Success Stories from the Frontlines

Phylesha Brown-Acton is a trans, indigenous and community activist, who has served LGBTQI populations over 25 years, in Aotearoa – New Zealand and the Pacific region. She is a board member to ICASO, Auckland Pride Festival, Indigenous Maori & Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation (INA), an Advisor to the Northland District Health Boards on Trans Health Services, a Consultant to ASHM/OSSHMM advancing Trans Health in the Pacific, and is the Co-chairperson of the Asia Pacific Transgender Network.

Xeenarh Mohammed is a lawyer, a technologist, and a queer, feminist, holistic security trainer who provides trainings and support for non-profit organizations in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa. Xeenarh has spent over 8 years working with nonprofits and has previously served as a legal counsel to Nasarawa State ministry of Justice, project officer for Love Nigeria, Gender democracy officer at Heinrich Boll Stiftung, and digital integrity fellow for Open Technology fund. They currently run ReSista Camp, a space for healing, networking and celebration for minority communities. Their passion lies in protecting the rights of LGBTQI folks both online and offline, and providing sustainable and healthy spaces for other activists. Xeenarh is active in women’s issues in Nigeria and works in the intersection of activism, advocacy, protection of queer and minority rights.

Pronouns: They/Them

Tarek Zeidan is a sexual and bodily rights activist advocating for the liberation and protection of the LGBTQ community in Lebanon as the director of Helem, the first LGBTQ rights organization in the Arab World, founded in Beirut in 2004.Tarek has previously worked as director of strategic planning for the MENA region in both the Brookings Institution and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He obtained his BA from the American University of Beirut, his MALD in international security studies from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and his MPA in human rights law and advocacy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Kimberly Zeiselman is an intersex woman, lawyer, and the Executive Director of interACT: advocates for intersex youth, and has more than twenty years of experience in advocacy and nonprofit management. She served as a policy analyst for the Massachusetts Joint House and Senate Committee on Health Care, and worked in Government Relations and Advocacy for a variety healthcare related nonprofits including Boston Children’s Hospital. While at Children’s, Kimberly advocated for children’s health issues and lead the hospital’s first strategy-driven government fundraising campaign and earning the National Association of Children’s Hospital’s Legislative Advocacy Award. From 2009 through 2015 Kimberly served on the board of the AIS-DSD Support Group, the US largest intersex support group. In 2015 Kimberly participated as the sole U.S. intersex representative to an expert intersex meeting convened by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights in Geneva and has subsequently consulted on the UN Free & Equal Campaign’s Intersex Rights Campaign. Kimberly was a 2015-2016 Arcus Foundation Leadership Fellow and in 2016 was accepted as a member of the US Human Rights Network’s International Mechanisms Coordinating Committee.

Moderator: Paul Jansen joined OutRight as the Senior Advisor for Global Advocacy in October 2017. Prior to joining OutRight, he worked as an international consultant on organisational and strategic reviews for LGBTIQ groups and networks, and key population networks working on HIV issues. He was the Program Director in the areas of education, nature and sustainability for Salzburg Global Seminar. He also worked as organisational sustainability advisor in the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM) in Bangkok. Prior to this, he was the country director of the Hivos office in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since June 2007, he was the programme officer LGBT Rights/MSM & HIV in Hivos in The Hague, The Netherlands. In that capacity he developed the Hivos (worldwide) programmes on sexual diversity and rights.

Closing Plenary:
Global Impact of the Repeal of Article 377 in India

Remy Choo is a human rights lawyer from Singapore. In 2012, he was one of the lawyers who acted for the first couple to challenge the constitutionality of colonial-era anti-gay laws on “gross indecency” (S377A), and also regularly defends politicians and political activists charged with speech crime. Now, in 2018, Remy is one of the lawyers trying again to have S377A declared unconstitutional. Remy was the first Singaporean lawyer to be named the International Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year in 2016, an award that recognizes “excellence in work and achievements and a commitment to professional and ethical standards”.

Njeri Gateru is a queer feminist human rights lawyer with seven years experience working on the protection of minorities in Kenya including asylum seekers, internally displaced persons and LGBTIQ communities. She is founding member and the Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission in Kenya, an organization that provides legal aid and engages in strategic litigation towards equal rights and protection of LGBTIQ persons in Kenya. NGLHRC has successfully litigated for registration of LGBTIQ organizations and ending forced anal examinations. Currently, the organization is litigating towards decriminalization of homosexuality in Kenya.

Dr. Menaka Guruswamy practices law at the Supreme Court of India where she litigates large constitutional rights cases. She also teaches Constitutional Design in Post Conflict Democracies at Columbia Law School, where she is currently the B.R. Ambedkar Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law. Dr. Guruswamy has litigated significant constitutional cases before the Supreme Court of India, including, successfully initiating national bureaucratic reform (TSR Subramanium v Union), the unconstitutionality of the use of state sponsored vigilante groups (Salwa Judum) in Chhattisgarh (Nandini Sundar) and challenging the constitutionality of colonial era sodomy statute (Navtej Singh Jauhar).

Arundhati Katju is an Indian lawyer with over thirteen years’ experience in Indian trial and appellate courts. Her work encompasses a broad array of practice areas, including white collar defense, legal aid, and LGBT rights litigation. Arundhati successfully represented the lead petitioners in the Indian Supreme Court’s historic judgment in Navtej Singh Johar and others v Union of India, where the Court struck down India’s 157-year-old sodomy law and upheld the rights of LGBT Indians to equality and dignity.

Subha Wijesiriwardena is a feminist activist, writer and researcher from Colombo, Sri Lanka. Her work lies at the intersection between gender and sexuality, and her more recent work focuses on the intersections between gender, sexuality and digital rights. Subha cofounded and co-runs an intergenerational online/onground feminist collective called a Collective for Feminist Conversations based out of Colombo, and is the co-author of ‘Not Traditionally Technical: Lesbian Women in Sri Lanka and their Use of the Internet.’

Alli Jernow has been the Program Director of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Program at Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, where she oversees domestic and international grantmaking in support of LGBTQ human rights. Previously she ran the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Program at the International Commission of Jurists. She is the author of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Justice: A Comparative Law Casebook. In her earlier career as a civil rights prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice, she investigated and prosecuted cases of police brutality, labor trafficking, and hate crimes.


Advancing LGBTI Rights through the Courts: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Moderator: Camille Massey, Founding Executive Director of the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice. Camille joined CUNY Law


  • Remy Moo, Human Rights Lawyer from Singapore
  • Lisa Davis, Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic
  • Njeri Gateru, Queer Feminist Human Rights Lawyer
  • Myo Min, Executive Director of Equality Myanmar based in Yangon
LGBT Rights and the Media

Moderator: Tod Hill does strategic guidance to nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible businesses on marketing & communications, planning & strategy, and leadership development


  • Naomi Brussels, Activist since the 1960’s and Journalist
  • Hugo Greenhalgh, Vice President of Commercial Real Estate at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc
  • Michael K. Lavers, International News Editor for the Washington Blade
  • Lungile Maquba, Coordinator at Intersex South Africa
  • Nazeeha Saeed, International Print, Radio and TV Journalist
LGBTIQ People Navigating Religion and Supported by Spirituality

Keola Whittaker, Attorney at the law firm of McGuireWoods in Los Angeles



  • Amir Ashour, Human Rights Defender
  • Aizhan Kadralieva
  • Toni Kruger Ayebazibwe
  • Ms. Amasai Jeke
  • Rev. Debra Peevey
  • Lini Zurlia
LGBTIQ Rights and Business: Symmetries and Challenges

Julie Dorf

  • James Heighington
  • Vinay Kapoor
  • Suki Sandhu
  • CV Viverito
UN-Locked: Diplomats and Officials Fighting to Name SOGI

Siri May, OutRight



  • Pilar Eugenio
  • Rikki Hennum
  • Aaron Holtz
  • Patricia De Silva
LBT: Invisibility and Resilience

Grace Poore, OutRight



  • Alijah Caesar , Registered Nurse
  • Janset Kalan
  • Olga Baranova
  • Noor Sultan