LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Cianán Russell

Senior Policy Officer 

Phone: +32 2 609 54 12

Cianán Russell (they) works on intersex rights, education, health, trans rights, and the anti-gender backlash in Europe and Central Asia, as well as monitoring and engagement with the Council of Europe and United Nations institutions.


Cianan joined ILGA-Europe in 2019. They started LGBTI activism in the US in 1996, and has previously worked with the Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance (USA), the Asia Pacific Transgender Network, and Transgender Europe.

They have a Ph.D. in chemistry from Purdue University and served on the teaching faculty at Georgia Institute of Technology from 2008-2013. Personally, they run a support space for transmasculine and nonbinary survivors of sexual assault and rape and serve on a Chapter Working Group with the WPATH Standards of Care version 8.