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Rainbow Path

Aug 25, 2020 08:00 PM in Auckland, Wellington

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Eliana Rubashkyn
Co-Founder @Rainbow Path
Eliana Rubashkyn is a former refugee who arrived in 2014 to Aotearoa New Zealand. Born in Bogota, Eliana was forcibly assigned at birth as male but grew up aware of her intersex condition. Due to the violence that she experienced there she was forced to leave Colombia to protect her life. Eliana suffered severe mistreatment in Hong Kong due to her ambiguous gender and appearance and applied for refugee status. New Zealand accepted her and Eliana was the first case of gender recognition in the world under the international refugee statute of 1951. She was stateless for 6 years, but during that time Eliana validated her studies in public health, pharmacy and chemistry, and today works as a chief scientist in a pharmaceutical company in Auckland. She works in the fields of Harm Reduction and the chemistry of addictions and nicotine replacement therapies. At the beginning of 2019 Eliana co-founded Rainbow Path with other former refugees and LGBTIQ+ activists.
Jack Byrne
Ally @Rainbow Path
Jack Byrne is a Pākehā trans man and human rights researcher, born in Māwhera/ Greymouth, who now lives in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland with his partner Rebecca Swan. From 2005-2014 he worked at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission where he project-managed its Transgender Inquiry. Jack has worked on national, regional and international research projects and advocacy campaigns. These have included co-authoring Counting Ourselves: the Aotearoa New Zealand Trans and Non-binary Health Survey, the Asia Pacific Trans Health Blueprint, and a manual for national human rights institutions in this region on how they can advocate for the rights of LGBTI/rainbow communities. Jack is an ally who has supported Rainbow Path’s work since it was founded and is keen to build greater awareness within rainbow communities about the rights of spontaneous and convention refugees.