Azza Sultan

Azza Sultan is a Sudanese American queer activist, currently serving as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Program Advisor at OutRight Action International. She came to OutRight in 2020 from Grindr, where she was the associate director of Grindr for Equality (G4E), the app’s initiative to promote justice, health, and safety for LGBTIQ people around the globe.

Since 2010 Azza has spent her career advocating for sexual orientation and gender identity & expression (SOGIE) issues in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with a close focus on the Nile valley Area (Egypt and Sudan). She is a co-founder of several prominent LGBTIQ organizations in the MENA region, including Bedayaa organization, Mesahat Foundation for Sexual and Gender Diversity, the Queer Women Network (QWN), and the North Africa Center for Strategic Partnerships (NACSP).

 Azza started her queer activism in 2007 using social media and blogging to publish queer poems and short stories to raise awareness around sexual orientation and gender identity & expression (SOGIE) issues and provide alternative literature and discourse for Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Arabic-speaking women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Azza Soltan is a Sudanese-American activist, currently working as a consultant for the Middle East and North Africa Regional Program at Outright International. Azza joined Out Wright in 2020 where she was working with Grinder as Acting Director for Grinder Equality, an enforcement initiative to promote justice.

Health and safety for LGBT people around the world . 

Azza has spent her career since 2010 defending issues of sexual orientation, identity and gender expression in the Middle East and North Africa region with a close focus on the Nile Valley region – Egypt and Sudan.She is among the founders of a number of queer organizations operating in the region such as Bidaya. For gays and lesbians in the Nile Valley region (Egypt and Sudan), the Mesahat Foundation for Sexual and Gender Diversity, the Kuwaiti Women Network “Kon”, and the North African Center for Strategic Partnerships “NEXB “.

Azza started her activism in 2007 using social media and blogs to publish poems and short stories to raise awareness about issues of sexual orientation, identity and gender expression and to provide alternative literature and discourse for Arabic-speaking Kuwaiti women, lesbians, and bisexuals in the MENA region.

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