Naomi Fontanos


Naomi Fontanos is a Filipino trans rights advocate, and co-founder and Executive Director of the transgender rights group "GANDA" (Gender and Development Advocates) Filipinas in the Philippines.

In 2008, Fontanos became the first transgender co-coordinator of Task Force Pride Philippines (TFP), a network of LGBTQ organizations formed in 1999 to organize the annual Metro Manila Pride march. To date, no other transperson has ever achieved that feat.

In 2011, Fontanos was one of three trans-women petitioners in a communication sent to the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) asking the HRC to compel the Philippine government to address the situation facing transgender Filipinos.

In 2012, Fontanos co-founded the Gender and Development Advocates (GANDA) Filipinas to locate transactivism in the framework of human rights and development work that was rooted in the socio economic, political and cultural context of the Philippines and the ASEAN.

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