38: Anan Bouapha on becoming an LGBTI activist in Laos


This episode is part of a special series: And Then Suddenly; Rising Voice(s)

When a friend invited Anan Bouapha to attend a HIV prevention volunteer workshop, he went because he thought it would be a social event.  But the moment the training started, he was suddenly motivated to help his community.  Through a series of opportunities, in 2012 he organized the first Pride festival in Laos.  Now the Founder of Proud to Be Us Laos, we talk about his leadership journey and the organization’s mission to create an inclusive society for LGBTI citizens.


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And Then Suddenly; Rising Voice(s)

This special series of episodes features conversations with partners from Voice. Based in Africa and Asia, these individuals -often leaders of organizations or small groups- are working tirelessly to ensure that their own voices as well as those they represent are at the table and not on the menu. The moments they share are their very own and the conversations are impromptu and candid.

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About Voice:
Voice is an innovative grant facility that promotes inclusion and diversity in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines and Indonesia. It aims to amplify and connect thus far unheard voices in efforts to leave no one behind based on the principle of Nothing About Us Without Us.  Voice is financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and executed by Oxfam Novib and Hivos.

About And Then Suddenly:
The podcast about unexpected moments, writer Angela Santillo asks one question: What’s a moment that turned your life upside down?  Never knowing what her guests will say, the conversation takes twists and turns that go beyond our ordinary stories about big life moments.  Impromptu, funny, and always honest, this show explores what really happens after everything changes in an instant.

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