Paul Penny is the Founder and Chair of the Rainbow International LGBT Activist Solidarity Fund. Paul has been an activist for LGBT rights and social justice for almost 40 years. Paul graduated with first class honours from the University of Westminster and was the recipient of the Sir Isidore Salmon Prize for the Social Sciences. Paul is a graduate of the Landmark Forum and the Landmark Worldwide Self-Expression and Leadership Programme, and former Vice-Chair of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union National LGBT Members’ Advisory Committee.
Irene is a nursing professional and a strong voice for global LGBT rights and the rights of LGBT asylum seekers in the UK.
Juan is a law graduate and advocate for social justice and human rights. He studied at the University of Salamanca in Spain. Juan is the Equalities Officer on Chiltern Railways for the rail union ASLEF.
Richard Banadda understands homophobic persecution first hand having fled his homeland to seek asylum in the UK. Richard is committed to the struggle for LGBTi rights across the world. Richard works as a care worker specialising in supporting young people with autism.
Wayne as spent many year working within charities focused on the sexual health and wellbeing of the LGBT+ community. Wayne is a passionate advocate for global LGBT rights and is a professional psychotherapy counsellor and group facilitator. He is now working in private practice. Wayne has significant experience in counselling Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals, particularly LGBT asylum seekers.
Peter Purton is retired LGBT Policy Officer at the Trades Union Congress (TUC). The TUC is a federation of trade unions in England and Wales, representing 54 affiliated unions and 6.2 million working people. Peter is the author of Sodom, Gomorrah and the New Jerusalem: Labour and Lesbian and Gay Rights from Edward Carpenter to Today, and Champions of Equaliy; Trade unions and LGBT rights in Britain
Stephen Chukwumah currently works for the International Monetary Fund and previously for Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention. Stephen is a graduate of English and Literature from Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, Nigeria and was 2013 Fellow at the University of York Centre for Applied Human Rights in the UK. He has worked with the Youth Coalition in Canada and served as an International Youth Advisor to the United Nations Fund Population Agency and International Advisor for Rutgers Nisso through their Youth Incentives programme in the Netherlands. Stephen is a steering committee member for the HIV Young Leaders Fund and a youth activist for Advocates for Youth in Washington. Stephen founded the Improved Youth Health Initiative, working on sexual health and rights for and with young people in Eastern Nigeria. DC..