Twenty LGBTI activists from around the world are scheduled to gather in Berlin, Germany, next week to develop strategies and seek support from 100 mostly Western business leaders and from each other.
The activists were selected to appear June 11 at the First Mile Conference, organized by Uhlala GmbH, a technology company that has sponsored a series of industry events for LGBTI professionals seeking “to strengthen the LGBTI+ community and [to promote] equality in the economy, work place and society in general.”
About half of the activists are from countries with anti-LGBTI laws:
- Dastan Kasmamytov, an LGBTIQ activist from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan,where an anti-“gay propaganda” bill has passed a first reading in the parliament.
- Svetlana Zakharova, public relations manager of the Russian LGBT Network.
- Raymond Bykoukous, supporter and France-based president of the new lesbian rights organization AVAF (Association for the Promotion…
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