Shivananda Khan, one of South Asia’s leading activists, died on 20 May 2013. He has left an indelible mark on the global LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender/Transexual and Intersex) rights movement and did so much to expand the HIV response for sexual minorities all over the world.
He was founder and Chief Executive of the Naz Foundation International which has been a driving force for understanding sexualities in South Asian communities, and he was the former chair of the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM).
“Shiv was an inspiring activist and leader who championed the rights of gay men, men who have sex with men (MSM) and people of all genders and sexualities in the UK, in India, in South Asia and across Asia” said Ted Nierras, Regional Manager, Asia and Eastern Europe. “I remember hearing him speak at a plenary session at the ICAAP conference in Korea in 2011. It was an outstanding speech about MSM, sexualities, rights, history and the future. Shiv was a very funny, warm colleague who both supported and challenged me in my own work.”
Shaun Mellors, Associate Director, Africa and Board member of the Global Fund said “It is with sadness that we have learned of the passing of Shivananda Khan – a pioneer and warrior, a friend and comrade, an activist and advocate. His colourful personality, incredible contribution and immense warmth will be missed.”