Professor and researcher
Professor at University of Porto – Faculty of Psychology and Sciences of Education, where she lectures and research at the Centre of Psychology. Her research interests are related to gender, sexuality and norm and deviation, mainly focused on sex work. She completed her PhD in Psychology at University of Porto with an ethnographic research with street sex work. Her PhD received an Honorable Mention/Prize Maria Lamas 2011 and was published under the title “Andar na vida: prostituição de rua e reacção social” [In the life: street prostitution and social reaction] (2011, Almedina). Her Master Thesis was published under the title “As vendedoras de ilusões. Estudo sobre prostituição, alterne e strip tease [Selling illusions. Research on prostitution, strip tease and hostess] (2004, Editorial Notícias) and received also an Honorable Mention/Woman-Research Prize Carolina Michaëlis de Vasconcelos 2002.
She is interested in intervention focusing on health education and harm reduction for/with sex workers. She is an ally of the sex workers’ international movement and she has been an activist in this field.
Actress and Activist
With a Degree in Artistic Studies – Performing Arts from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lisbon, Alice Cunha is a transfeminist and queer activist, part of the Panteras Rosa collective – a front against lesbigaytransphobia. Also part of Lóbula, a trans, queer & feminist cultural and political intervention collective, through which various activities are organized (cinema cycles, debates, reading sessions, parties) focusing on several themes (such as trans experiences, political/artistic resistances, sexual revolution, among others).
Part of the organizing committee of the Lisbon LGBT Pride Parade. Currently, also part of the theatre group GTSC – Grupo de Teatro Sai de Cena. Part of the organization of the first Trans group in the LGBT Pride Parade in Lisbon, which opened the 2015 parade. Collaborator of the API association (Ação Pela Identidade – Action for Identity) contributing to the photographic project #NÃOTEMOSVERGONHA (We are not ashamed).
Speaker at a panel about Trans Experiences in the 1st National Meeting of Sexology in Pediatrics, with the topic Gender Diversity in Childhood and Adolescence, organized by CHUC, the Coimbra Hospital Center.
Speaker at a panel about femicide and gender violence at the Bloco de Esquerda Feminist Meeting and facilitator of a debate on trans issues at Liberdade, Bloco de Esquerda’s campsite. Participant in the Chilean photographic campaign against transphobia titles “No + Transfobia”.
Professor and researcher
Associate Professor of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto and PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Minho, is the author of several books published in Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil) and numerous publications in national and international journals, book chapters and congress proceedings on the subject of Gender Studies, Sexualities and Feminism. She is the coordinator of several research projects supported by the Foundation for Science and Technology and European bodies.
GAT is a non-governmental organization which mission is to “advocate for legal and policy changes that positively affect the health, rights and quality of life of people living with HIV or at risk of being infected” through “quick access to medical devices and drugs, testing, diagnostics that prevent or treat HIV infection or improve the quality of life of people who live or are especially vulnerable to infection”.
CheckpointLX is is one of GAT screening centres. A community-based centre for men who have sex with men (MSM), for anonymous, confidential and free screening of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sexual counselling and referral to health care.
The entire team consists of qualified MSM who give support and peer education, allowing easy access to prevention and sexual health more effectively and consistently with MSM reality.
Guacira Lopes Louro
With a degree in History from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (1969), a Master of Education from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (1976) and a PhD in Education from the State University of Campinas (1986), Guacira Lopes Louro was a founder of Education and Gender Relations Study Group (GEERGE) and has been participating in this research group since 1990. She has published various books, articles and chapters, as well as directed dissertations and theses on gender issues, sexuality and queer theory in connection to the Education field. Hwe current research turns to queer studies, film and pedagogies of sexuality.
Guacira Lopes Louro has been working to defend the rights of freedom of thought involving the queer culture in an attempt to create a perspective of respect in regard to freedom of expression of sexuality in our society. Her work was honored in 2012 when she received the Paulo Freire prize, granted during the 35th Annual Meeting of the National Association of Graduate Studies and Research in Education (Anped).
Psychologist, Translator and Researcher
Helena Topa has held teaching positions at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Faculty of Social and Human Sciences), between 1990 and 2006 in the area of Culture and German Literature and has also developed research in these areas, particularly in scientific articles and in her Master’s (1993) and PhD theses (2001).
Later, Topa graduated in Psychology at the University of Porto, and wrote a Master’s thesis on same-sex domestic violence (2009), a topic on which Topa has developed further research, having participated in several scientific and dissemination meetings on this topic.
Currently, she is a professional translator, dedicated in particular to literary translation, with several published titles. Topa co-organizes the lesbian-themed reading community ” Conversas Para Lê-Las ” in Porto, since 2012.
A Sociologist. In 1975 joined the Ninho (“Nest”) Association whose objective is human and social promotion of women victims of prostitution, having been its director for decades. She was nominated in 2005 for the Peace Nobel Prize.
Actress, stage director, screenwriter, dramaturgist and diretor
Graduated in Germanic Philology from the Faculty de Letras of Lisbon and in Acting by the Superior Theatre and Cinema School of Lisbon. She is the literary director of the Theatre Company School of Women, which she co-directs with Fernanda Lapa.
She’s the scriptwriter and director of the film “Raiders of Angels,” produced by the School of Women, about violence against women, presenting true stories of girls, who were sexually exploited while still very young.
Joana Amaral Dias
Professor, Researcher, Psychologist and Politician
Portuguese psychologist and politician, Joana Amaral Dias practices clinical psychology since 1997 having graduated in Psychology, branch of Clinical Psychology from the University of Coimbra. She has a Masters in Developmental Psychology, also from the University of Coimbra. Post-graduated in Systemic Family Therapy and Psychodrama, she was awarded a scholarship from the Foundation for Science and Technology and was a doctoral student at the Chicago Center for Family Health / University of Chicago and the University of Coimbra.
She has taught in different universities, collaborating with the Applied Psychology Institute since 2004, particularly in the areas of Development Models and Inclusion Processes / Social Exclusion of ethnic and cultural minorities. She was an associative leader, member of Parliament, party leader and agent for the youth of the presidential candidacy of Mario Soares. Invited to numerous conferences, seminars and conferences, she has published two books on thematic policies, including Maníacos de Qualidade (2010) and Portugal a Arder (2011). She collaborates assiduously in newspapers, magazines and television channels as a commentator / political analyst.
Júlia Mendes Pereira
Born in 1990 and based in Lisbon, is a Master student in the University of Lisbon, in the fields of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. She is also a trans activist, being the General Secretary of Ação Pela Identidade – API (Action for Identity), an NGO (founded in 2011, butonly registered in 2015) aimed to study and defend gender diversity and bodily diversity, including the experiences of trans and intersex people, with an intersectional perspective. As an API representative, Júlia is Councillor for Equality in the Municipality of Lisbon. Previously, she was a Transgender Europe Steering Committee Member (2014-2016). In 2014, she became the first trans person being member of the national board of a political party in Portugal (Left Bloc) and in 2015 she was the first trans person to candidate for the Portuguese Parliament. Her dream is to be able to live of her poetry and writings, someday.
Feminist activist and researcher
Feminist activist and researcher with experience on a number of topics including environmental degradation and climate change. Over the past years, focused research attention on laws and policies regarding prostitution and trafficking in women, in particular in own country of origin, the Netherlands. Regularly assisting non-governmental organizations in several countries with research on different current topics. Experience in policy making, and as an appreciated speaker at different regional and national institutions.
Transfeminist and Translator
Former teacher of Portuguese, Spanish and special education (1996-2013). With a Master’s degree in Medieval Literature, Matias Gomes currently lives (survives) from translations and revisions of texts, fixes bicycles, gardens and is preparing to be a massage therapist. Volunteer of ILGA-Portugal, since 2012, Gomes co-organizes the lesbian-themed reading community ” Conversas Para Lê-las “, considered as a transfeminist, having translated texts from Paul B. Preciado and Judith Butler.
Lawyer and Activist
Michael Farrell is a senior solicitor at Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC), a Law Centre which tries to make the law accessible to disadvantaged people and groups, an Irish civil rights activist and writer.
Farrell has been a practicing lawyer for 25 years and currently works for FLAC, which takes a limited number of significant or strategically important cases every year in the area of social protection and discrimination. In recent years, Farrell has been particularly involved in a very long running (22 years) case seeking to change the law to allow transgender persons to be officially recognized in their preferred gender. This has concluded successfully this summer and as a result Ireland has gone from having no transgender legislation at all to having one of the most liberal Gender Recognition laws in Europe.
Farrell was also involved in the Civil Rights movement in Northern Ireland over 40 years ago and was a member of the Irish Human Rights Commission between 2001 and 2011.
Miguel Vale de Almeida
Professor, Researcher and Writer
Professor of Anthropology at ISCTE-Lisbon University Institute and Researcher at CRIA – Center for Research in Anthropology. With research in Portugal, Brazil, Spain, and Israel/Palestine, his work has focused on gender and sexuality, as well as on ‘race’ and ethnicity, and postcolonialism.
He published several books, two of which in English: ‘The Hegemonic Male’, on masculinity, and ‘An Earth-Colored Sea’, on Portuguese colonialism and postcolonialism in Portuguese-speaking countries. He has also published an edited volume on the body, “Corpo Presente”, co-edited one on colonialismo and post-colonialism, “Trânsitos Coloniais”, and published a collection of his essays on anthropology and citizenship, “Outros Destinos”, as well as a collection of newspaper op-eds, “Os Tempos que Correm”, a book of short stories, “Quebrar em Caso de Emergência”, and an award-wining science-fiction and dystopia novel, “Euronovela”.
His latest book, in Portuguese, is ‘A Chave do Armário’, on issues of same-sex marriage and family. As an LGBT rights’ activist, he was a member of Portuguese Parliament, instrumental in the the passing of the same-sex marriage and gender identity laws.
Activist and Researcher
Nuno Pinto completed his PhD at the University Institute of Lisbon (Instituto Universitário de Lisboa – ISCTE). His doctorate project focused on the study of the so-called “transition” of transsexual peoples, and on the study of social representation regrading transsexuality and gender, titled “Experiencing and representing transsexuality: Developmental trajectories of, and social representation on, transsexual people.” He holds a degree in Psychology and a post-grad in Political Psychology from the University of Porto. His research is in the area of (trans)gender, LGBT(I) issues and access to healthcare – presently serving as the auxiliary investigator at the Centre for Investigation and Social intervention (Centro de Investigação e Intervenção Social do CIS-IUL), in the field of “The ‘law of gender identity’: the impact and challenges of legal innovation in the (trans)gender area.” Performs research at ISCTE-IUL, under the masters programme of Psychology of Intercultural Relations. In 2014, he was responsible for the European investigation promoted by ILGA-Europe on the needs, challenges, priorities and good practices in the area of LGBTI health.
He is an LGBT activist and volunteer for the ILGA Portugal Association (Intervention Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) since 2005. He was the coordinator of the Porto branch (2005-2007), president of the supervisory board (2009-2011) and leads the way since 2011. He is involved in various projects and activities of the association. He coordinated the project “Health in Equality: For the access of healthcare for LGBT peoples” (2014/2015), and participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program on “Human and civil rights for the LGBT Community”, organised by the State Department of the United States, between the 10th and 18th of August, 2015, invited by the American embassy in Portugal.
Vice-President of the Board ILGA Portugal
PhD in Economics from Harvard University and is a Professor at Nova SBE. He has been a member of ILGA Portugal since 2003 and has served as Board member (2005/2008) and President of the Board (2008/2011 and 2011/2014); he is currently Vice-President of the Board. Paulo has also served as Co-Secretary (2011/2013) and Co-Chair (2013/2015) of the Executive Board of ILGA-Europe (the European Region of ILGA – International Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association).
Born in Porto, lives in many place. She is a filmmaker, writer, producer, activist, citizen and mother of a 15-year-old.
Her main films are Rio Vermelho, Rasganço, Veneno Cura, SOS Lisboa-Luanda, Dreamocracy and Esta é a Minha Cara. Her films have been exhibited at the Cannes, Venice, São Paulo, Montreal and Vila do Conde film festivals.
In parallel with her films, she directs videos for Greenpeace, Women on Waves, Act Up Paris, Guerrilla Travolaka de Barcelon, Existrans, in France, the Netherlands and Spain. She also directs films for the 12th of March Movement M12M, Auditoria Cidadâ and other activist films.
The books Ulisseia and Transibericlove are being translated into German and will be edited in January of 2017.
Sandra Cristina Rodrigues Benfica, a member of the National Board and the National Council of MDM, she’s currently the financial manager of the Organization. Between 2011 and 2013 she held coordinating functions of the Project “Trafficking of Women Breaking Silences” on trafficking of Human Beings in the regions of Lisbon and the Algarve. Later she joined the Project teams’ “awareness and prevent Inequalities: Acting in My School” , with intervention with youth and school communities for the prevention and awareness of violence against women, developed in the region of Porto, and the Project “Living Rights / Win Violences – from the school to the public space”, with intervention in the combat on violence amongst youngsters’ dating through an awareness program for young adolescents in high scholl and university education, developed in Aveiro. MDM is the Network Support and Protection to Victims of Trafficking.