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. 

Jørgen Ravn Juncher (he/him)

Jørgen Ravn Juncher (he/him)

Election term 2023-2025

Jørgen was born in 1987. He was raised in a small village outside Randers with his father, mother and 3 older siblings. Moved to Copenhagen at the age of 21, and today lives in Indre By in Copenhagen. Jørgen has been an HIV activist since he was found to be positive at the age of 17, and has for many years been associated as a coach in the Youth Group at Skejby Hospital. Jørgen works as a carer and LGBTQ+ cultural coordinator at Plejehjemmet Slottet and studies rhetoric at the University of Copenhagen.

“Representation is important because as long as someone wants to think that we as a community belong in a closet, just as long there is obviously a need for us to show what is hidden in them. If someone thinks you are too much, then maybe they are too little – words have power”.

Kari Pedersen (they/them)

Kari Pedersen (they/them)

 │Election term 2022-2024

Kari is born in 1987 and a trained computer scientist, who works with software development. Kari lives in Viborg WITH THEIR partners and child. Kari has lived all over Denmark and has many years of experience with activism in the union as well as the LGBTQ+ area. In the unions, Kari has worked especially with diversity and labour market policy.

“My dream is to make the world a better place for everyone. Particularly, there still lies a big amount of everyday activism in being non-binary or polyamorous – it can be difficult to have a gender identity and a family that diverse from the norms. We still need to dismantle the boxes that sociery puts us in, when it comes to gender roles, and we need to make space to alternative family constellations, in terms of both legal matters and of discrimination.

We have to break with the societal norms. That’s why my focus in LGBT+ Denmark is information, knowledge sharing and policy work targedet at trans-politics and multiparent families.”

Katarina Langley (any pronoun)

Katarina Langley (any pronoun)

│Election term 2022-2024

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.” 

Lasse Baagøe Thomsen (he/him)

Lasse Baagøe Thomsen (he/him)

│Election term 2023-2025

Lasse has a bachelor degree in organisational learning and is currently studying a masters degree at Aalborg University. He grew up in Southern Jutland, but is currently located in Aalborg while studying. Lasse is a volunteer at AURA Aalborg and has also volunteered at LGBT+ Denmarks youth summer school “Queer the future.” Besides that, Lasse works with costumer service for Det Nordjyske Mediehus and and spends his sparetime in the streets of Aalborg and at the local book café.

“What’s especially important for me is to create a safer space for everyone who wants to be a part of something bigger. I want to be a part of a community that works towards more equality when it comes to sexuality, identity and inclusion in general. It’s crucial that we have spaces to go where we can feel safe, when the world around us isn’t. Additionally, it’s a priority to make room for every individual from the LGBTQIA+ umbrella, in all parts of society. We exist everywhere and need to be accepted regardless of our background, identity or sexuality.”

 

 

Lorraine Haynes  (she/her)

Lorraine Haynes  (she/her)

Election term 2023-2025

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.” 

Morten Grumstrup (he/him)

Morten Grumstrup (he/him)

│Election term 2023-2025

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.”

Nanna Sjøgren Wills Hansen (she/her)

Nanna Sjøgren Wills Hansen (she/her)

Chairperson
│Election term 2023-2024

Nanna is trained in entrepeneurship, organisation and leadership. She grew up west of Copenhagen but has through the past 8 years fallen for the charm of Amager. Nanna has been a member of LGBT+ Denmark since 2022.

“I want to be a part of making the world a better place for everyone. I want to contribute to a future where every individual can be ecxactly who they are. I wish to change our ways of thinking, so that we meet difference with curiosity and empathy.

LGBT+ Denmark is contributing to raising awareness about gender equality, diversity, sexuality and inclusion in debates and on a political level. I’m incredibly proud to be a part of it all.”

Ninna Fedder Helsinghoff (she/her)

Ninna Fedder Helsinghoff (she/her)

│Election term 2023-2024

Ninna was born in 1985, and is an IT Specialist at Danske Bank in Copenhagen, where she also sits on the board of Danske Bank’s Rainbow Network DK. She has been a member of LGBT+ Denmark since 2020, but has been active in LGBT activism since 2012. In addition, she is educated Cand. IT in 2011 at IT University in Copenhagen, and is originally from Esbjerg.

“I would like to help promote the inclusion of everyone regardless of sexuality, gender (identity) and ethnicity, especially in relation to the labor market and associational life; a societal inclusion where one can not only live in peace, but actively participate without obstacles. In particular, I want to promote this development for all parts of Denmark, and not just around larger cities.

My focus is on labor market policy and trans policy, where I want the dialogue to progress beyond health services, which should be basic, and instead towards real social inclusion.”

Alternate Board Members

Karin Olander (she/her)

Karin Olander (she/her)

│Election term 2023-2024

Karin was born in 1950 and is a performing artist and teacher. She is a trained primary school teacher, eurythmist and conflict counselor and has worked in primary schools and in the Red Cross’ Asylum Department, among other things. She grew up in Frederiksberg, but today Karin lives in a small forest near the sea in Northwest Zealand. Karin has been politically active since her teenage years. She has helped form the Lesbian Movement, made a lesbian island camp, Women’s Caravan and Country, MIX film festival etc.

“Politically, the most important thing for me is to help ensure that everyone can live as they are. In addition, I think it is important that LGBT+ Denmark creates information and space for young people and supports LGBT+ culture as a supplement to mainstream culture. It is also important that we show solidarity with LGBT+ people all over the world and exchange culture across national borders.”