I was in Colombia last week to speak at an event about my work for Human Rights Watch with a focus on homophobic and transphobic bullying. I was to be interviewed by Brigitte Baptiste, who I had never met. When I took my seat in front of hundreds of people I must admit I was a bit intimidated. Brigitte has long hair, colourfully dyed, big tattoos on her arm and a deep voice. Brigitte, who identifies as a transgender woman, is a biologist and renowned expert on biodiversity Colombia’s forests.