The Council on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression (CSOGIE) and the Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity (CRECD) present the Two-Spirit, Queer, and Trans People of Color (2-QTPOC) Award.
The winner of the 2023 2-QTPOC Award is Braveheart Gillani, MSW.
Braveheart Gillani (he/him/his) is a PhD candidate at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. He holds an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston. He practiced as an offshore engineer for a decade and then returned to academia for a Master's in Social Work degree with a specialization in System Dynamics from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St Louis.
A Pakistani American immigrant identifying within the Transgender community, Braveheart’s current research and advocacy focuses on sexual and gender minorities, particularly transgender health. He is also deeply focused on promoting caring masculinities and their impacts on the holistic well-being of communities, especially during aging.
Braveheart’s work is focused on building bridges and discouraging practices of alienating and villainizing communities for planetary justice. His future research interests include healthy masculinity development, issues of racial equity and social justice, and using System Sciences to understand and intervene in wicked social problems.