World Talks # Mario Prajna Pratama
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World Talks # Mario Prajna Pratama

Mario is a young transgender man who has just completed his service as chairperson of PLUSH (People Like Us- Satu Hati), a community-based LGBTI Organisation in Yogyakarta, which made him the first trans man to lead an Indonesian LGBTI organisation. He is well known for mainstreaming both trans and gender identity issues among the LGBTIQ movement in Indonesia, ensuring affirmative actions for the trans communities. Advocacy work is Mario’s passion. Spending days with trans women living in slum areas in Yogyakarta made him realize how privileged he actually is. This encouraged Mario to serve the LGBTI movement through his writing and advocacy skills: from arranging public statements to compiling national shadow reports, handling violence cases to reviewing discriminatory policies, facing police officers and extremist groups in streets to lobbying diplomats in United Nation Headquarters. As an effort of increasing the visibility of transgender men, Mario initiated Transmen Camp which led to the establishment of Transmen Indonesia, the first trans man organization in Indonesia. His persistency in advocacy works has put his name in extremists' and police's black list for persecution. However, living under threats has not and will not stop him from pursuing his dream of a just and equal world. "No pride for some of us without liberation of all of us!" Check out more World-Talks: https://www.world-talks.com/ World-Talks features an online collection of interviews with human rights defenders from all over the world. Through these 10-minute interviews human rights defenders can tell their stories directly to a global audience and help shed light on the issues they face in their home countries. View talks on Discrimination, LGBT Rights, Minority Rights and more. Follow World-Talks on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WorldTalksNow Like World-Talks on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WorldTalksNow2015/ Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEX7kKXftL1Ys_a5_jhjCA