Alexandra Kuenning

Alexandra (Xandie) Kuenning (she/her/hers) is a graduate of Northeastern University with a Bachelor’s in International Affairs and is currently pursuing an International Master’s degree in Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies. In her work with non-profit organizations, she has concentrated on Eurasian affairs, with a specific focus on the emergence of LGBTI rights and organizations.

WORLD VOICES BY ALEXANDRA KUENNING

05/13/2023
Alexandra Kuenning
Can you start by describing the recent LGBTQ+ Studies at Risk conference? What was the program, and who attended? Talia Kollek, my co-organizer, and I came up…
04/10/2023
Alexandra Kuenning
Can you start by describing the work of Cabaret Against the Hate Speech? Cabaret Against the Hate Speech is an ally and LGBT+ organization that runs counter-protests…
10/19/2022
Alexandra Kuenning
Can you tell me a bit about yourself and what led you to establish the Queer Armenian Library? I’m Armenian-American and grew up in the diaspora. My…
09/28/2022
Alexandra Kuenning
Can you tell me a bit about yourself and what led you to join Identity.Education? In 2018, I was studying psychology, and for my Bachelor’s degree, I…
07/12/2022
Alexandra Kuenning
How did you initially become involved in activism? What led you to join the Estonian LGBT Association? I first got involved in more political activism during Estonia’s…
06/29/2022
Alexandra Kuenning
How did you become involved in Inishowen Pride, and what has been your role in the organization? I was born and still live in Buncrana, County Donegal….
06/23/2022
Alexandra Kuenning
​How did you initially become involved in Festheart? I’m the head organizer. In the beginning, there were just two of us: the author of the idea, the…
03/13/2022
Alexandra Kuenning
Putin has consistently portrayed himself — and by extension, Russia — as a staunch defender of traditional family values in order to create a distinct identity against…
01/28/2022
Alexandra Kuenning
What led to the founding of the Gender Community Lending Library (GCLL)? In Autumn 2020, I was close to being ‘stealth.’ Not even my closest friends knew…
01/02/2022
Alexandra Kuenning
Can you start by telling me a bit about your background? What led you to become involved in Roma LGBTQ+ activism? I grew up in Nograd county…
11/30/2021
Alexandra Kuenning
Can you start by telling me a bit more about the Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival? What led to its foundation back in 2018? The festival’s creation was…
11/10/2021
Alexandra Kuenning
Can you ​start by telling me what led to the first Tallinn Bearty Weekend? To cut a long story short, it was a few long-pondered ideas, the…
10/31/2021
Alexandra Kuenning
Can you start by telling me a bit about yourself? How did you initially become involved in LGBTI activism? It was about six years ago after I…
09/16/2021
Alexandra Kuenning
How did you each become involved in LGBTI activism? Matej: I’ve engaged in it more actively for the past couple of years. I didn’t fully unpack my…
08/03/2021
Alexandra Kuenning
How did you become involved in activism? When you think of yourself as Roma, you automatically become an activist within your community because you see, you feel,…
07/31/2021
Alexandra Kuenning
How did you become involved in LGBTI activism? I started my journey as an LGBTI activist in 2000 as a member of Social Democratic Youth [the youth…
06/26/2021
Alexandra Kuenning
What led to the founding of QueerFest? Ruslan Savolainen [R]: Everything started in 2008 when the LGBT group “Coming Out” appeared in Russia; it was one of…
06/26/2021
Alexandra Kuenning
How did you initially become involved in activism? What led you to join the Resource Center for LGBT [people] in Yekaterinburg? There is one answer to both…
06/08/2021
Alexandra Kuenning
Can you start by telling me a bit about yourselves? How did you meet and what led you to create Kok.team? Daniyar Sabitov [D]: We have been…
04/29/2021
Alexandra Kuenning
How did you initially get involved with activism? My first contact in the NGO sector was through volunteering in an organization for people who use drugs. I…
04/26/2021
Alexandra Kuenning
How did you become involved in activism? My mission in this world is to help people live safely and to help them have a good life. I…
04/19/2021
Alexandra Kuenning
Can you start by telling me a bit about yourselves? How did you two meet? How did you become involved in the queer arts scene in Budapest?…
04/17/2021
Alexandra Kuenning
How did you become involved in activism? I think after the revolution, a lot of associations were founded, and when I saw my friends take part in…

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