LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Fund

Aderonke Apata


Aderonke is an award-winning human rights activist, feminist and LGBT equality advocate who has a BSc in Microbiology, a Master of Public Health and Primary Care. She also has a postgraduate degree in Law and currently studying the Bar Professional Training Course & Master of Laws. She's an LGBTI asylum campaigner for LGBTI people seeking asylum to stay in the UK and founder of African Rainbow Family, a registered charity that supports LGBTIQ people seeking asylum, refugees and people of African heritage in UK. Aderonke was awarded an Attitude Pride Award in 2017won LGBT Positive Role Model Award at the National Diversity Awards 2014, where she was described as “an unstoppable force in fighting for justice”, she is number 41 and 67 on the Ranbow List 2014 and the Rainbow List 2015 respectively as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK.

Natasha Broad


Natasha is based in Bristol, where she works in health promotion for a HIV and sexual health charity. Natasha also helps to run a gender and sexuality project for LGBTQ+ young people.

Niazy Hazeldine


Niazy has worked at METRO for three years, and currently manages the Comic Relief LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Fund. Prior to this role she managed METRO's Youth Domain; including our LGBTQ+ youth groups, schools work, and youth mentoring. Her background is in teaching, and she joined METRO to lead our Anti-Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Bullying Project, supporting student-led inclusion work in schools across the South East. Niazy is also currently working towards an MSc in Social Research, which she aims to use to set up participatory action research projects with the queer community.

Igi Moon


Dr Igi Moon C.Psychol; AFBPsS, is Senior Lecturer of the Department of Psychology at the University of Roehampton. They are also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Warwick. Igi has written on therapy, sexuality and gender in Feeling Queer: Queer Feelings: Radical Approaches to Counselling Sex, Sexuality and Gender and are editor of Counselling Ideologies: Queer Challenges to Heteronormativity. They are the winner of the GLADD David Harvey Award 2019.

Parminder Sekhon


Parminder is the Interim CEO at NAZ, a BAME-led sexual health agency working to address sexual health inequalities in BAME communities. NAZ has 29 years of experience working across London to provide culturally specific interventions to BAME communities disproportionately impacted by poor sexual, reproductive and HIV health compared to their white counterparts. NAZ was born out of the necessity to make a response to the health inequalities faced by BAME & BAME LGBTQ+ people across London during the HIV pandemic. 30 years later we are facing similar inequalities under the COVID-19 pandemic. Parminder is also co-author of the 2003 photography book Red Threads published by Millivres documenting the South Asian LGBT+ communities in the UK.

Anick Soni FRSA


Anick is an award-winnning intersex activist, researcher and creative. He holds a degree in Law and is studying Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights. His areas of focus are people born with variations in sex development, intersex traits and disorders/differences in sex development (DSD). Additionally, Anick is on the core team for UK Black Pride and works and volunteers for a variety of charities.

This panel in convened by METRO Charity.