Activists in Focus: Devanand Milton (Millie) of Guyana Trans United

Published: December 20, 2017

Devanand Milton (Millie) is the President and a Peer Educator for Guyana Trans United, the only trans-led organization in Guyana and one of the few active organizations in the English-speaking Caribbean. As a TEACH Technical Advisor, Millie is working with MSMGF and IRGT to deliver high-quality trainings to trans-led organizations in her region.

Learn more about and apply for the upcoming TEACH Regional Learning Labs in Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean 

MSMGF: Tell us about yourself.

Millie: I am born Guyanese living in Guyana. I initially lived as a gay man, through education I recognized my true identity as a Trans woman.

I am the President and a Peer Educator for Guyana Trans United (GTU), an organization established and run by trans-identified individuals. This is the only trans-led organization in Guyana and one of few active organisation in the English-speaking Caribbean.

In Guyana I am mainly focus on HIV/STI prevention, management and administration, behavior change interventions, tutoring in life skills and risk reduction, adherence counselling and community outreach to promote a healthy lifestyle. I also work as an HIV case navigator and facilitate monthly support group meetings which I have plenary discussions on challenges faced by my Peers and the wider LGBTI community.

I am Trainer of Trainers with CVCC Sex positive model and TEACH Curriculum.

MSMGF: What attracted you to become a TEACH Technical Advisor?

Millie: I hope to contribute to strengthening the voice and visibility of trans-identified people in Latin America and the Caribbean, both nationally and regionally. I have learned the importance of peer networking and peer learning and have benefited immensely from opportunities to interact with and learn from other activists in the Caribbean and beyond.

I would like to be able to contribute in a similar way to building the capacity of activists and organizations that need this kind of support. I believe that I have a unique perspective and experiences that can be beneficial to other human rights activists, trans-identified individuals.

MSMGF: In your experience, what is the biggest challenge facing trans-led organizations in your country or region?

Millie: Lack of funding that is Trans specific, sustainability and legal framework within which the organisations has to work, bad colonial laws

MSMGF: What are you hoping to achieve at the upcoming TEACH Regional Lab – Latin America and the Caribbean?

Millie:

I will be able to transfer knowledge to other Trans led organisations, while learning from them.

I will be able to assist organisations to develop their SWOT analysis with an outcome to identify their strengths and weaknesses.

I also would want to help organisations to access how connected they are.

Learn more about and apply for the upcoming TEACH Regional Learning Labs in Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean 

Deadline for applications is 10 January 2017

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