The 37-year-old Tin is a native of Martinique, but has lived in mainland France for the last two decades, where he’s an esteemed university professor. In 2005 he founded of the International Day Against Homophobia (and, since 2009, Transphobia), celebrated in more than 70 countries every May 17 in honor of the 1990 day when the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its official list of disorders.
Tin has been a staunch fighter on key global gay rights fronts like Moscow Pride, and in 2008 he called on the United Nations to support the decriminalization of homosexuality throughout the world. Tin has also authored several controversial books, including The Dictionary of Homophobia and The Invention of Heterosexual Culture.
Those touting Tin for a Nobel nod must complete and submit his application by the end of February. A winner will be announced by the Nobel Committee in October, and the prize presented in December in Oslo, Norway.
If Tin wins, he will be the first Nobel recipient to have been recognized for fighting for LGBT rights.