Anna Kirey was born in Russia and lived in the former Soviet Union most of her life. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from American University - Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan) and Master's in Gender and Peace Building from the UN-affiliated University for Peace in Costa Rica. She is one of the founding members of the first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization in Kyrgyzstan established in 2004. A feminist and an activist, Anna is currently a Kartini Asia Fellow doing oral history research on women loving women and transgender people's organizing in Central Asia. Anna's areas of interest are the history of women's and queer movements, Soviet history, and research on female masculinity and other nonnormative masculinities, especially in the former Soviet Union. Both Anna's grandmother and mother inspired her to become an activist.