Regional Coordinators and Boards

Vidyaratha Kissoon

Vidyaratha Kissoon lives and works in Guyana. He is the coordinator of the Caribbean IRN. He works primarily in information technology and is also active on social justice issues, especially related to gender equality, child protection and equality for LGBT. Vidya is also the website editor for irnweb.org.

Jasmin Blessing

Naijeria Toweett

Naijeria Toweett is a graduate of Performing Arts from Newcastle College in the UK. Her passion for Universal Access for Vulnerable and Minority to Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights has seen her work as a Program Officer at the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK) where she directly supported community based organizations in the planning, managing, and execution of projects. She later worked with the LGBTI community as well as Sex Workers in Public Health as a Programme Officer for Most at Risk Populations. (MARPS). She also works as a consulting Business Development Manager at the Nailab, a vibrant Incubation Lab and provides administrative support for Dance into Space, a leading contemporary dance company that works with dances with and without disability.

Rustem Ertug Altinay

Rustem Ertug Altinay is a doctoral student at New York University, Department of Performance Studies. His main area of research is gender, sexuality and body politics in Turkey. His article on Turkish transgender diva Bulent Ersoy was published in the Trans-Special Issue of Women’s Studies Quarterly.

Mark Blasius

Mark Blasius is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the Graduate Center and La Guardia Community College of the City University of New York, where he taught for over twenty-five years. Recently he was a visiting professor at the University of Amsterdam and the University of the Philippines. His Ph.D. is in political philosophy from Princeton University and his undergraduate degree is in psychology from New York University Mark's research and teaching are in contemporary political thought and the politics of sexuality and gender across cultures. His work includes: Gay and Lesbian Politics: Sexuality and the Emergence of a New Ethic (Temple, 1994); We Are Everywhere: A Historical Sourcebook of Gay and Lesbian Politics (co-editor, Routledge, 1997); Sexual Identities, Queer Politics (editor, Princeton, 2001); and articles in such journals as Political Theory, APSR, Journal of the History of Sexuality, and GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. He is completing Sexuality and Social Justice (a monograph to be published by Chicago) and working with Filipino and African scholars to edit and publish collections of studies on the politics of sexuality and gender non-conformity in their own cultural contexts. He served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, was a resident scholar at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, and was a visiting scholar at the Center for Feminist Research and Center for Multiethnic and Transnational Studies of the University of Southern California. At CUNY Mark served as undergraduate department chairperson and as deputy executive officer for the Ph.D./M.A. Program in Political Science as well as the latter's field chair for political theory. He served on the Board of Directors of CUNY's Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies and received the Chancellor's Award for Scholarly Excellence.

Ana Huang

Ana Huang studied Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard and wrote a Hoopes Prize-winning thesis on masculine/feminine gender roles in Chinese lesbian culture. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Chinese Lala (Lesbian) Alliance, a cross-regional organization dedicated to capacity building for the queer women’s movement in China. She is founder and director of the China Queer Digital Storytelling Workshop, a project that empowers queer women through the creation of videos that tell of their personal stories.