Gianni Jovanovic Portrait

Gianni Jovanovic

Gianni Jovanovic, born in 1978, is an entrepreneur, activist and performer. He is the son of a Roma family. When he was 14 years old, his parents married him to a girl of the same age. A short time later, the two became parents of a son and a daughter. In his mid-20s, Gianni Jovanovic came out as gay and separated from his wife. He is now a grandfather of two and has been happily married to his husband for almost 17 years. He is considered one of the loudest voices of the Rom*nja and Sinti*zze community. He also fights for the rights of Black people and People of Color within the LGBTQIA+ community. He says, "We are the children of the small majorities. Our voices need to be heard in society."

Photo: Carolin Windel