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A black-and-white woman with long, dark straight hair and bangs. She wears a turtleneck and looks at the camera with a closed-mouth smile. Behind her are three graphic circles: one teal, one light green and one white.

Gvantsa Dzerkorashvili

Leaders Europe 2023

Role

Founder, Tbilisi Pride

Location

Georgia

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Biography

Gvantsa Dzerkorashvili is the founder of Tbilisi Pride, an organization dedicated to achieving equality and justice for Georgia’s queer community, and one of the most influential LGBTQ+ organizations in the region. As an LGBTQ+ and feminist activist, Gvantsa has won strategic LGBTQ+ assembly rights and anti-discrimination lawsuits in the European Court of Human Rights and the Georgian Constitutional Court. Gvantsa is also the organizer of Tbilisi’s largest and first-ever LGBTQ+ demonstrations, the Women’s Solidarity March, and Horrom Nights, Georgia’s first LGBTQ+ club nights. She is committed to addressing systemic and internalized homophobia and misogyny and believe that free expression and equality for all are essential in any democratic society.