2019 International LGBTQ Leaders Conference Survey

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  • Wednesday, November 13

    International Pre-Conference Programming: "Populism vs. Democracy"The rise of populism and nationalism during the last five years is eroding democracy worldwide. While internet and digital technology have prompted increasing political engagement, income inequality, conflicts, climate change and migration have fueled the frustration and fears of the public. Those feelings have been hijacked by populist politicians with an exclusionary agenda and clear authoritarian tendencies. This international pre-conference will provide US and international participants with a snapshot of the state of democracy and the impact populism is having around the world.
  • Thursday, November 14

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    All the Democratic presidential candidates support basic equality for LGBTQ people – marriage equality, non-discrimination protections and an inclusive military. But less talked about is which issues they will prioritize, their strategies for advancing equality in a potentially divided Congress, and how they would ensure LGBTQ inclusion in their administrations. With just months to go before the first primaries, hear from pundits and experts on the state of the race and how the candidates for president will impact equality if elected.
  • Friday, November 15

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    Indigenous populations in the Americas face unique challenges with their roots in historic oppression. Inequality, stigma and lack of access to resources prevents these communities from having their voices heard. LGBTQ elected officials and leaders from the US and other parts of the Americas will share with the audience the main challenges their communities face today, as well as their personal stories on being queer and indigenous elected leaders.
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    Want to be in the arena for the balloon drop at the Democratic National Convention or Republican National Convention next summer? As the Democrats and Republicans prepare for their conventions in Milwaukee and Charlotte, respectively, Victory Institute is working to ensure there are LGBTQ delegates there to influence party platforms and discuss issues impacting LGBTQ Americans. In this session, there will be an interactive discussion around the process of electing delegates to the RNC and DNC and choosing delegates as alternates.
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    For Black, brown, trans, immigrant and other underserved communities, the criminal justice system is often applied unfairly and unjustly, perpetuating inequity and rewarding bias. In 2015, Black and Latinx people made up 56 percent of the incarcerated population in the United States, despite representing only 32 percent of the population. And, nearly one in six trans people are incarcerated at some point in their lives. Finding solutions to deconstruct systemic injustice and reform America’s criminal justice system has not been easy, but this session will explore the varying approaches LGBTQ leaders have taken to advance progress.
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    With Angola and Botswana decriminalizing consensual same-sex relationships, Southern Africa is leading the continent on LGBTQ equality. Years of movement-building and the increasing visibility of the LGBTQ community are paving the way for a more inclusive sub-region. But how was progress achieved in each of these countries and what will be the impact on the continent’s geopolitics? Listen to elected officials and leaders from the region discuss these developments and what comes next. 
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    Discrimination based on race, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity can all impact our income. For example, for every dollar a white cisgender man earns, a Black cisgender woman makes 61 cents – forcing the latter to work 20 months to make the same amount as the former does in just one year. The problem is compounded when the woman or person of color is LGBTQ as well. Twenty-nine percent of Black transgender women make below $15,000 annually – a poverty rate almost four times greater than the general population. Also, when comparing women of all races to men of all races, women working full time, year-round typically are paid only 80 cents for every dollar paid to men working full time, year-round. And the wage gap is even worse when looking specifically at varying groups of women of color and as noted, for trans women. These disparities have serious implications on access to housing, healthcare, employment opportunities and many other basic needs. What can we do to push forward legislation and societal changes to confront the discrimination of the dollar?
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    As rent continues to increase in cities and wages remain stagnant, homelessness and housing affordability is a growing crisis – with the LGBTQ community being hit particularly hard. One in five LGBTQ single adults makes less than $12,000 a year. Transgender people are four times more likely to live in poverty than cisgender people. And 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. Join leaders in this area as they discuss how policy and advocacy efforts can help shift these trends moving forward.
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    In the 20 years since the passage of mental health parity laws, access to mental healthcare continues to lag behind access to physical healthcare. This discrepancy disproportionately impacts LGBTQ Americans, who are twice as likely as heterosexual cisgender Americans to have a mental health disorder in their lifetime. Additionally, people diagnosed with a mental health condition are four times as likely to be living with HIV than the general population. Join for a discussion about recent policy proposals that affect mental health access and parity, how to support people diagnosed with a mental illness, and what lawmakers can do to narrow the treatment gap.
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    From passing marriage equality in Taiwan to decriminalizing same-sex relations in Botswana to launching the United Caribbean Trans Network – the past year has seen both advances and setbacks in the global movement for LGBTQ equality. Join panelists from a number of countries as we take a trip around the world and learn about the milestones and crisis points for LGBTQ people since the last conference. Panelists will also share what to watch for in the year ahead.
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    Whether on the campaign trail or at the kitchen table, the partners of LGBTQ elected officials often play an influential and underappreciated role. Some are in the spotlight and on the stump, some receive media attention or scrutiny, and others door knock or attend town halls. While the role can vary, few escape the hectic and fast-paced life that comes with dating or being married to a public officeholder. During this plenary, hear the insider stories and unique insights of the partners of LGBTQ elected officials – from the stress of Election Day to managing public praise and criticism.
  • Saturday, November 16

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    The landmark ruling in favor of marriage equality marked the latest in a string of victories for LGBTQ people in the U.S. Supreme Court. But two Trump judicial appointees later, it is a new court. The upcoming ruling on non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people will be instructive in what advocates and legislators can expect from the Supreme Court in future cases of equality. Hear from national leaders about their thoughts on the Title VII case and what implications the ruling will have moving forward.
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    United States policy towards migrants is becoming increasingly hostile – with more than 3,000 children separated from their parents on the U.S.-Mexico border and refugees being denied the right to seek asylum. The impact on LGBTQ migrant families and individuals is notable – as many are fleeing countries where it remains dangerous to live as an out LGBTQ person. As allies in governments and civil society groups work to draw attention to this growing humanitarian crisis, LGBTQ elected officials are also stepping up. In this session, panelists will discuss local responses and explore a broad range of issues related to family separation and asylum policies.
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    People of color, transgender people and gender non-conforming people played leading roles in the Stonewall Uprising 50 years ago, and their presence in other social justice movements has been equally critical. Join the 2019 class of Victory Empowerment Fellows for an interactive discussion on how various social justice movements thrived because of its diverse activists – and how to ensure people of color, transgender people and gender non-conforming people are included in your organizing and advocacy strategies.
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    From attempts to reverse Roe. Vs. Wade in the U.S. and ban abortion in Poland, to attacks to the peace process in Colombia for its gender equity clauses, to the latest attempts to limit the Inter-American Human Rights System, the Christian conservative movement permeates politics. Well-funded and internationally connected organizations such as the Alliance Defending Freedom and CitizenGo bring resources and mobilizing expertise to religious conservative organizations across the globe. Together with a successful political participation strategy, these groups are threatening and reversing the freedom and rights of women, LGBTQ people, religious minorities and other underserved populations. This panel will provide attendees with a global perspective on how this movement operates, hearing first-hand accounts of leaders from several countries. 
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    Communities of color continue to be underrepresented and disenfranchised – including within the LGBTQ community. In 2019, nearly 20 Black trans women have been killed. Nationally, LGBTQ people of color have lower incomes and poorer health outcomes than white LGBTQ people. With these disparities as a starting place, the plenary panelists will discuss the critical issues facing communities of color and share the policy and advocacy solutions to address them.
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    Every year, almost nine million tons of plastic end up in the world’s oceans and on its coastlines. This pollution has impacts on wildlife, food and water sources, and the amount of carbon emissions entering the atmosphere. The crisis is so enormous in scope that a proper response can seem overwhelming, but there are a growing number of potential solutions. Learn from policy makers and advocates about how to cut back plastic pollution and save our oceans.
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    The trans community has been a favorite target of the federal government since the current presidential administration took office. From a ban on trans military members to attacks on trans healthcare to subverting workplace protections, a war on trans Americans is being waged. Hear from elected officials and advocates about the federal government’s latest attacks on trans people – including quieter federal efforts to subvert trans equality – and what we can do to fight back.
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    As we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising this year, many for the first time learned about the whitewashing of this critical moment in LGBTQ history. LGBTQ people of color, transgender people and gender non-conforming people led the effort to fight back against police harassment and brutality, becoming the founders of the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement. Join AARP and out leaders for a conversation about the Stonewall Uprising and the role it played in shaping their activism. The conversation will also be shared as an AARP podcast.
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