Keynote Speakers:

Masha Beketova, Humboldt University Berlin, LGBTIQ migrant activist

Masha Beketova, M.A. studied Gender Studies/Slavonic Studies in Berlin and Moscow. Masha is currently working on their PhD thesis in Slavonic Cultural Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin. Their research focuses on queer migration and asylum, migrant literature, queer Ukrainian and Russian literature and intersectionality. Masha wrote their M.A. thesis about/for LGBTIQ refugees from the post-Soviet space in Germany. Masha worked as a psycho-social systemic counselor and group facilitator with LGBTIQ refugees and migrants at an outreach project for queers (Lesbenberatung e.V.). They have also conducted multiple empowerment workshops for LGBTIQ migrants and awareness workshops for helping professionals.

Alissa Kudriavtceva, LGBTQI+ activist, Brandenburg

Alissa Kudriavtceva was born in Sankt-Petersburg, Russia in 1987. 2017, Alissa received political asylum as an LGBTIQ activist and open lesbian from Russia in Germany. As part of a group of young activists from the political party Die Linke, she organized two conferences for LGBTIQ refugees from different cities of Germany and the EU countries and organized two gay prides in Brandenburg an der Havel. At the moment, she is assisting LGBT refugees in the state of Brandenburg and offers advice to people who would like to leave Russia and apply for asylum in Germany.


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Mariza Avgeri: Filmmaker of ““Being Trans* and Seeking Asylum in Greece”

Mariza Avgeri is a qualified lawyer in Greece. She has graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Political Science from VU Amsterdam. She is currently completing her PhD at the Maynooth University at the Law Department working on transgender asylum claims and jurisprudence in the context of the European Union. She has worked as a legal researcher, a case worker at the Greek Asylum Service and a member of the Appels’ Committees. She has participated in many civil rights initiatives regarding migrant rights and LGBT rights, both as a lawyer and as a member of the queer community.