Shivananda Khan was a global LGBTQ+ rights pioneer

By May 23, 2023 March 20th, 2024 Newsroom

Contributor :
Ms Joey Joleen Mataele
Executive Director of the Tonga Leiti’s Association (TLA)
Co-Founder of the Pacific Sexual Gender Diversity Network (PSGDN)


Shivananda Khan was a global LGBTQ+ rights pioneer who worked tirelessly to improve laws and legislation regarding the LGBTQ community in diverse geographies from Europe to Asia to the Pacific. 

He was very passionate about his work and making sure that everyone was being heard, developed education programs to change the way society in the region sees gender, sexuality, masculinities, and femininities. 

Shiv campaigned to bring greater attention to the challenges and strategies needed to address HIV among men who have sex with men and transgender people in Asia and the Pacific. We have missed him dearly and he will be forever remembered in our lives forever.


About the Contributor

Ms Joey Joleen Mataele

Ms Joey Joleen Mataele is from the Kingdom of Tonga and has a range of experience, involving the running of her own business, as a professional Singer, Entertainer, Event Planner and a single parent of 3 adopted children.

Founder/Director Miss Galaxy Queen Pageant to raise awareness and visibility and to support our community. Currently the Executive Director of the Tonga Leiti’s Association (TLA) & Co-Founder of the Pacific Sexual Gender Diversity Network(PSGDN)

Special Awards she has received: 

  • 1996 Awarded the with the Silver Jubilee Medal by His Late Majesty King Taufa’ahau Tupou 1V – Humanitarian Work with the Disability and Sexual Minority Groups.
  • 2008 Awarded with the “Order Of Queen Salote” Medal during His Late Majesty King George Tupou V’s Coronation – Services for the Royal Family.
  • 2016 1st Pacific Trans US Secretary Head of State Women of Courage Award

Here are some of the tributes in Shiv’s memory. 

J V R Prasada Rao

Sunil Babu Pant

Dennis Altman

Manisha Dhakal

Paul Causey


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