Board

The Board is LGBT+ Denmark’s highest authority between the annual general assemblies. It consists of up to 11 people, of whom 4 places are earmarked for people under the age of 30 as representatives of LGBT+ Youth (LGBT+ Ungdom). The Board is selected annually by LGBT+ Denmark’s members at the association’s general assembly.It is the board’s task to determine the strategic focal points of the association’s political work as well as organizational strategies. 

Ask Ulrich Petersen , chairperson

Ask Ulrich Petersen , chairperson

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Ask is 31 years old and works as a primary school teacher. He has worked both in the European movement and as a theatre actor, and he has been active in LGBT+ Denmark since 2009. Here he has been part of the communication group, served on the LGBT+ youth board both as a vice president and as spokesperson, been a hate crime spokesperson and been elected to the national leadership three times.  

“A lot has happened during my time in the association, and the focus has fortunately shifted from a tolerance perspective, where LGBT+ people just try to be tolerated by the outside world, to a norm critical perspective. Now I dream of an association with a clear framework for employees and board members, and where it is easy to find your place as a volunteer; where volunteers and the Secretariat can mutually benefit from each other’s competences.” 

Casper Øhlers 

Casper Øhlers 

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Casper studies International Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School and works in a larger Danish corporation. He is originally from Roskilde, 22 years old, and before joining the new combined board of LGBT+ Denmark and LGBT+ Youth in 2020, he was a part of the LGBT+ Youth Board for a year.   

“I build my approach to board work especially on my knowledge of Denmark’s LGBT+ children and youth. I am passionate about creating an association with a healthy economy and sustainable structure, that can make a difference for LGBT+ people in both urban and rural areas. For me, it is important that the association remains impartial and unifying for the entire environment, as we can create the biggest change if we stand together.” 

Henrik Silvius 

Henrik Silvius 

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Henrik is 30 years old, and after many years of working in the fashion industry as both stylist and designer, he has chosen to make room for other and important passions, including LGBT+ Denmark’s Board of Directors.  

“Among other things, I hope to contribute with my experiences as an LGBT+ person, who also has a disability. For example, while the LGBT+ environment is inclusive in many ways, stairs have often put a concrete limit to my participation. Therefore, we must think of accessibility in the word’s broadest sense. If we listen and remember that we have different bodies, different minds, different skin tones, are with and without citizenship. That, in short, we have different privileges and challenges  while at the same time we are and must be a political community. That is what I want to work for.” 

Jesper Bigum  

Jesper Bigum  

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Jesper is 35 years old and has a degree within marketing, communication, and management. Furthermore, he has a continuing education as a coach. Jesper works at Greenpeace as Nordic Vice President for Fundraising and IT.  

“For me, there is no doubt that LGBT+ Denmark plays a crucial role in the society we are a part of. Therefore, it means a lot to me to be able to make my experience useful to an organization, driven largely by volunteers, to ensure a diverse influence on society.” 

Katharina Langley

Katharina Langley

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Katarina is 27 years old and a trained veterinarian from the University of Copenhagen. They have a great interest in research in Alzheimer’s and the use of alternatives to animal models in pharmaceutical research. Katarina has been a volunteer in LGBT+ Denmark since 2018, and you will find them at the association’s Salon7 events together with Morten.  

“It is incredibly important to me that we actively work with representation and gender equality. The gender and sexuality debate has been put on the agenda, and we can thank LGBT+ Denmark for that, among other things. There is still a lot of work to be done, which is why I hope that I can help strengthen LGBT+ Denmark by jointly deciding how our resources are spent.” 

Lorraine Haynes 

Lorraine Haynes 

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Lorraine is 48 and plumbing trainee on the Island of Ærø. Since her parents have worked for the United Nations, she has grown up in different parts of the world. Lorraine has two children and has been active in LGBT+  Denmark several times over the years, where she has fought for the inclusion of different groups.  

“Inclusion and diversity have always been very important to me. A transparent structure and decision making processes, as well as “accessibility”, are incredibly important in an association that speaks on behalf of such a diverse group of people. If you do not find that your voice is heard, you do not feel welcome either. I will use my time on the board to support the association’s development in becoming more representative of the country’s LGBT+ communities and strengthen the voice the association speaks through.” 

Mikkel Ray Christensen 

Mikkel Ray Christensen 

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Mikkel holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Copenhagen, originally born and raised on Mors in Northwest Jutland, but in 2020 he had ten-year anniversary as a “Copenhagener”.  

“I believe, that as an association we must set a clear agenda for the LGBT+ movement. Our organization can thereby make a difference to our members.  

For me, it’s important that we in LGBT+ Denmark base our work on some fundamental values like decency and transparency. The outside world must have confidence, that we in LGBT + Denmark are a professionally run association that works for the rights of all LGBT+ people and is aware of that responsibility.” 

Morten Grumstrup 

Morten Grumstrup 

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Morten is a master’s student in history at the University of Copenhagen. He is 25 years old and has been a volunteer in LGBT+ Youth since February 2020. Normally, you can find him in Salon7, one of LGBT+ Denmark’s social groups.  

“For me, visibility and information are important. We must work with both representation and omnipresence. It is vital that we are an organization for the entire LGBTQIA+ umbrella and represent all the acronyms in our work and advocacy. At the same time, LGBTQIA+ people exist in all parts of society, and the issues that follow are therefore omnipresent. Therefore, LGBT+ Denmark should be that too.” 

Rei McKay Mansa 

Rei McKay Mansa 

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Rei is a laboratory technician in the pharmaceutical industry and is very active in trade union work with a focus on equality, representation, and diversity. They have also made queer-focused performances, they are a leisure writer and spoken word performer. They were born in 1981 and lives in Taastrup with their partner and cat.  

“I work and fight for those who are often not heard and included in the gender debate, for example due to gender identity, body capacity or sexuality. Especially in the labor market context, I would like to focus more on everyone being given a seat at the table and treated properly and fairly. I believe that LGBT+ Denmark is an active and important player in this work, and this is where I feel I can be of use and make a difference with fantastic volunteers, a cool board and brilliant employees.” 

Silje Ellehammer Munk 

Silje Ellehammer Munk 

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Silje is 23 years old studying educational science at Aarhus University besides being a Board member. In addition, she is a financial economist, and previously she was the finance manager in the former board of LGBT+ Youth. In addition to her studies, she also works as a financial administrator for the LGBTQ+ Theatre Association HiLS DiN MOR.   

“I have chosen to actively engage with LGBT+ Denmark, as I believe that all people have the right to be who they want to be. I have a special interest in LGBT+ children and youth, as I believe these age groups are crucial in a person’s life and that we really have the opportunity to make a difference and help improve society when working for young people.” 

Stine Johansen 

Stine Johansen 

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Stine is 47 years old and municipal director of Helsingør Municipality. She has many years of experience as a top public sector executive and a background within  the private sector. She holds a master’s degree in visual culture, a Master of Business Administration from Henley Business School and a Master of International Sales from IBM. 

“LGBT+ people are a great asset on the labor market. We are bringing something special, and the focus must be on the fact that we are contributing precisely with the diversity that is needed in the labor market. We contribute with perspectives on life and on diversity, which is of great value. I will work to clarify and make that visible.”