Alongside my educational trajectory and running my consultancy agency, I have been involved in international LGBTQI+ organizations for many years. This work brought me to many places, from New York to Athens, and provided me with the opportunity to give workshops and presentations on Human Rights and Diversity and Inclusion Policies in, for example, Montpellier and Madrid.
After doing other social volunteering work for a while, such as being a host and emergency response officer at the Ronald McDonald Kindervallei, I started to focus on LGBTQI+ related issues. Together with some friends, I co-established an LGBTQI+ youth foundation in Maastricht, called LGBT Maastricht.
Under my leadership, the organization became the fastest-growing LGBTQI+ association for students in the Netherlands with over 500 members in the first year. The weekly social events on Tuesday evening were visited by 80-150 LGBTQI+ and straight allies a week. I ensured to not only concentrate on organizing events but also aimed for more structural social changes in the city of Maastricht. Together with my team, we were able to conduct this with other student associations, political parties, Maastricht University and the municipality of Maastricht.
Another highlight in this role was the International LGBT Student Day. For this event, I managed to successfully bring together over 110 organizations, each with their distinct social issues and interests, to cooperatively challenge the problems they face in their fight for equality. The event included an info stage, workshops, an art exhibition, lectures, a movie theatre with documentaries, a fashion show, info market, and several performances. Being the president of LGBT Maastricht for two years and the originator of the International LGBT Student Day opened new doors for me.
I became a Civil and Human Rights Program Developer at PrideUnited. In this role, I structured research methods and analyzed the local impact of Prides around the world. Individually I performed extensive research on the global Pride movement, which was published, and I was co-author of the Pride Radar Reports in 2015 and 2016/2017.
Working towards my current voluntarily obligations, I co-organized a day focused on Trans* issues in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL). I was also in the International Advisory Committee for the Guadalajara LGBTQI+ 2018 Study (MX), and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Human Rights Summit at WorldPride 2017 in Madrid (ES). In this last role, I controlled and ensured a well-balanced group of experts, politicians, and activists with a variety of experiences and perspectives in the Human Rights summit.
Currently, next to some smaller projects, I am in the board of InterPride (US), the International Association of Pride Organizers, and in the board of Zwolle Pride (NL).