Natia Gvianishvili

Natia Gvianishvili

Tbilisi

Research: "Levels and Patterns of Internalized Homophobia in Georgian Gay Men and Lesbians"

Biography: 

Natia Gvianishvili was born in 1986 in Tbilisi. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Italian language and literature and recently graduated from a Master’s program in Gender Studies.  She has been involved in LGBT activism since 2009, when she started attending and volunteering for Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group. In 2010 she started working for LGBT organization Identoba (Identity). In addition, she currently is a member of the Independent Feminist Collective (formed in 2011). Her primary interest is the development of a feminist movement in Georgia, as well as the rights of lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Her research in the frameworks of the Scholarship Programme of the Heinrich Boell Foundation "Levels and Patterns of Internalized Homophobia in Georgian Gay Men and Lesbians" aims at measuring and comparing internalized homophobia and relative coping mechanisms among Georgian gay men and lesbians. The importance of this research lies in the fact that the internalized homophobia can be seen as a reflection of wider societal stigma and discrimination.