ILGA Oceania Pacific Island Representatives

Vaitoa Toelupe

Laurent Garnier-Regal

Samoa
New Caledonia
She, Hers, Faafafine Pronouns
He, Him Pronouns

Vaitoa is a proud fa’afafine activist from Samoa and the villages of Malie and Vailele. She is the Technical Advisor to the Samoa Fa’afafine Association

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As well as facilitating LGBTIQ+ inclusion training and other projects to support the community, they are the founder of Bisexual+ Community Perth.

She is the Fa’afafine / SOGIESC Member of the Samoa NHRI under the Ombudsmans Office & National Human Rights Institute, Chairperson of National Social Development Sector Committee, Board Member of the Pacific Sexual Diversity Network (PSDGN) & Pacific Regional Coordinator for TGEUs TvT Worldwide.

Laurent has been defending health and rights of LGBTIQ people for more than 30 years of activism in Europe and Oceania.

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Entrepreneur, consultant, trainer for adults and teacher at the University of New Caledonia, his actions for human rights began in Europe (France, Ireland, Belgium) and then in Oceania (New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna). First involved in the promotion of health and risks related to STIs (regional president of the association AIDES).

ILGA Oceania Australian Representatives

Vanessa Lee-AhMat

Simon Margan

Wellington, New Zealand
Sydney (NSW), Australia
He, Him Pronouns
He, Él, Il Pronouns

Rawa has been involved with the LGBTI+ community since before the Marriage Equality Campaign started and was the Campaign Manager in Wellington during the campaign.

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Since, Rawa has been involved in many LGBTI+ organisations across New Zealand, primarily in Wellington and Christchurch, Rawa promotes ILGA as much as possible.

Simon is a lawyer accredited by the NSW Law Society, who has strongly focused on anti-discrimination litigation.

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Simon has been involved heavily with LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex) rights, especially forming LGBTI groups that have a strong democratic and community focus. Over the past 19 years, he has been responsible for the formation and sustaining of a variety of NSW based LGBTI groups, most of which thrive today.

New Zealand Representatives

ILGA Oceania Secretary

Misty Mitchell

Rawa Karetai

Wellington, New Zealand
Australia - Sydney
They, Them Pronouns
He, Him Pronouns

Mani is queer identifying, non-binary - and a intersex person. Mani is a counsellor, a media consultant and has been involved in the making of a number of films.

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Mani is currently the Executive Director of ITANZ and has many contacts both in NZ and around the world. They have been involved with ‘queer’ activism all their adult life. cares deeply about our community in its broadest sense, and has a desire for it be in a more healthy, just & safer place.

Rawa has been involved with the LGBTI+ community since before the Marriage Equality Campaign started and was the Campaign Manager in Wellington during the campaign.

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Since, Rawa has been involved in many LGBTI+ organisations across New Zealand, primarily in Wellington and Christchurch, Rawa promotes ILGA as much as possible.




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