Meet Our Team

Christel Groot

Christel Groot

COC Netherlands

Christel (or Chris, both fine) works for COC Netherlands. Together with her colleague Renate Hartman she is facilitating and trying to oversee the wonderful and complex process of organizing this LGBQW conference. Within COC Chris is responsible for working with LGBTI partner organizations in Tanzania and South Africa and for the coordination of Stories of Change; short videos in which activist with whom COC work tell their stories. Chris works for COC since 2017 and identifies herself as a proud Dutch lesbian. With only one Lesbian bar in Amsterdam, visibility of the LBQ community in the Netherlands is certainly not a given. Before COC she was involved in developing educational programmes for international students on human rights and minority issues for an organization called Humanity in Action.