Join us on June 1 for the first summer webinar, Advancing the Rights of Trans People: A Conversation with Rikki Nathanson

Join us for the first UICHR summer webinar which will allow us to look back and look forward. We begin by revisiting our fall webinar on transgender rights, speaking with activist Rikki Nathanson.

Advancing the Rights of Trans People

A Conversation with Rikki Nathanson

Wednesday, June 1

Noon - 1:00 pm CST

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Webinar is open to all, no prior registration is required.

This event will be closed captioned.


Rikki Nathanson is a fierce activist for the rights of trans and gender diverse persons, globally. Originally from Southern Africa, she formed the first trans-specific and trans-led organization in Zimbabwe in 2015, after being unlawfully arrested for using a female restroom at a local hotel. She then was instrumental in the formation of the Southern Africa Trans Forum.

Upon acquittal for her arrest in 2014, she took on the State of Zimbabwe with a civil suit. This act of bravery has proven to be risky to her life, and has seen her fleeing her home country of Zimbabwe and resettling in the United States of America. In November 2019, judgment was finally handed down in her civil suit against Zimbabwe, and she made history with the ground-breaking judgment that has positively changed the legal landscape for trans and gender diverse persons not only in Zimbabwe, but further afield.

She continues her bid to improve the plight of LGBTQ persons globally in her work with OutRight Action International, GATE (Global Action for Trans Equality), IRGT (International Reference Group of Trans Women), SHE (Social Health Empowerment), South Africa and Trans Bantu Association, Zambia. Professionally, she holds a qualification with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators of Zimbabwe.

Rikki recently won a major victory for transgender individuals in Zimbabwae: Trans Activist Rikki Nathanson Wins Landmark Case Against the Zimbabwean Government | OutRight Action International (

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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