2018 Conference Agenda

This is a draft agenda to assist with planning. This information will be updated frequently and is subject to change.

Elected Officials Advancing Hemispheric Priorities through Inclusion and Diversity

Event organized by the LGBTQ Victory Institute and the OAS Department of Social Inclusion, with the collaboration of the OAS LGBTI Core Group
Participation is free and does not require registration for the International LGBTQ Leaders Conference

All attendees must RSVP clicking here.

NEW LOCATION: The Whittemore House
1526 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle area)

9:00am – 9:30am:  Registration of participants.  

9:30am – 10:00am:  Outstanding opportunities in the Americas.  

Opening speakers are invited to share their perspectives on the current state of inclusion of LGBTI persons in the continent and the benefits of creating more inclusive environments.

  • H.E. Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS
  • H.E. Ambassador Jorge Lomónaco, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the OAS
  • Mr. Ruben Gonzales, Vice President for Leadership Initiatives, LGBTQ Victory Institute

10:00am – 11:00amThe role of parliaments in fostering more inclusive democracies.

Parliaments play a crucial role in strengthening democracy and promoting good governance. Several countries in the Americas have adopted laws that create more inclusive legal frameworks and allow the LGBTI population and other underrepresented groups to contribute more fully to society. In this session, panelists will talk about these legislative trends and discuss challenges and opportunities for parliaments in fostering more inclusive democracies in the region.   


  • Moderator: H.E. Ambassador Jennifer Loten, Permanent Representative of Canada to the OAS
  • MP Randy Boissonnault, Member of the Canadian Parliament and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 Issues, Canada
  • Mr. Alberto de Belaunde, Member of Congress, Peru
  • Ms. Desiree de Sousa Croes, Former  Member of Parliament, Estates of Aruba
  • Conclusions and recommendations: Mr. Steven Griner, Director of the Department of Sustainable Democracy and Special Missions, OAS

11:00am – 12:00pm: A win-win: Inclusion and economic growth through integral development

Inclusion and economic growth are critical to democratic governance and a happy citizenry, yet many underestimate the degree to which they are intertwined. More and more studies show that inclusion promotes economic growth and that inclusive societies are among the most prosperous.  Experts on this panel from both the public and private sectors will share how integral development plans focused on LGBTI economic inclusion can contribute to sustainable economic growth. 


  • Moderator: Ms. Janet Boyd, Director of Government Relations, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Mr. Phil Crehan, Director – Global Division , National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, USA
  • Conclusions and recommendations: Ms. Kim Hurtault-Osborne, Executive Secretary for Integral Development, OAS

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Light lunch & networking

1:00pm – 2:00pm:  Human Rights: the legal imperative of preventing discrimination and fostering inclusion

Strong democracies must respect the human rights of all its citizens – and that includes enforceable laws to prevent discrimination and encourage full political participation. While some countries in the region have taken significant steps to address discrimination against LGBTI people and other marginalized groups, others have failed to acknowledge the problem. On this panel, speakers will discuss the progress made in the region and provide strategies to advance non-discrimination laws.

  • Moderator: Ms. Joan Caivano, Deputy to the President & Director of Special Projects, Inter-American Dialogue
  • Dep. Tamara Adrián, Member of the National Assembly, Venezuela
  • Mr. Luis Eduardo Salazar, Presidential Commissioner on LGBTI Issues, Costa Rica
  • Mr. Jonathan Stevens, Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership and International Affairs, AARP, USA
  • Conclusions and recommendations: Ms. Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian, Director of the Department of Social Inclusion, OAS

2:00pm – 3:00pmCitizens without fear: building safe and secure societies for LGBTI people

LGBTI people across the continent continue to face violence and harassment because of their sexual orientations or gender identities, which often inhibits their full participation in society. This lack of security is frequently related to government policies or politics or to a failure in acknowledging or addressing the violence. On this panel, experts will share their perspective on safety for LGBTI people and discuss measures to mitigate the harmful effects that arise when a population is fearful.

  • Moderator: Mr. Herbert Paes de Barros, National Secretary of Citizenship, Human Rights Ministry, Brazil
  • Ms. Aziza Lake, Senator, Antigua and Barbuda
  • Ms. Jacqueline Montero, Member of Congress, Dominican Republic
  • Ms. Valerie Woods, Senator, Belize
  • Conclusions and recommendations: H.E. Ambassador Adam Namm, Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission, OAS

3:00pm – 3:30pm: Closing session

  • Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO, LGBTQ Victory Institute
  • H.E. Ambassador Paula María Bertol (invited) Permanent Representative of Argentina to the OAS
  • Ms. María Claudia Pulido, Assistant Executive Secretary for the Monitoring, Promotion and Technical Cooperation, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)
  • Mr. Gastão Alves de Toledo, Secretary for Access to Rights and Equity, OAS

3:30pm – 4:30pmReception 

6:00pm – 8:00pm: New Elected Officials Reception Invite Only
Salon IV, JW Marriott Washington, DC

Plenary & Breakout Session Location:

JW Marriott Washington, DC: 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Pre-Conference Session for Elected Officials (Invite Only)

8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Conference Registration (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Opening Plenary: Celebrating the 2018 Rainbow Wave (Grand Ballroom)

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

An unprecedented Rainbow Wave of openly LGBTQ candidates ran for office in the 2018 election cycle – becoming historic firsts, breaking down long-held political barriers and inspiring others to consider a run for office. Hear from some of the history-makers who were part of this Rainbow Wave, including the opportunities and challenges of running as openly LGBTQ and how LGBTQ voices in the halls of power can move equality forward in the years ahead.


  • Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Institute
  • U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin,
  • Governor-elect Jared Polis

Award Winner:

  • Virginia Delegate Danica Roem

Opening Reception: Powering Our Movement (The Embassy of Canada)

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

LGBTQ elected officials make up less than 0.1% of all elected officials nationwide – yet their influence on the LGBTQ movement far outweighs their numbers. When LGBTQ elected officials are in the halls of power, it humanizes our lives, changes the debate and leads to more inclusive policies and legislation. During the opening reception, we celebrate the Rainbow Wave of LGBTQ elected officials, along with allies who use their positions of power to advance equality for our community.


  • Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Institute
  • MP Randy Boissonnault, House of Commons of Canada, Canadian Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 Issues

Leading in Color Reception
8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
RSVP (Free)

Sponsored by Altria 

The Leading In Color event is a “party with a purpose” where you’ll have an opportunity to engage with LGBTQ leaders of color who make up 20% of all LGBTQ elected officials serving nationwide. Over a dozen Out elected officials, and two hundred community members, donors, influencers, and allies from across the country will be in attendance.


  • Rep. Linda Sanchez, U.S. House of Representatives

Plenary & Breakout Session Location:

JW Marriott Washington, DC: 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Corporate Appreciation Breakfast (Invite Only)
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

State of Victory Speech (Grand Ballroom)
9:00 AM – 9:20 AM

  • Remarks by Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO, Victory Institute

Breakfast Plenary (Grand Ballroom)

A New LGBTI World Order
9:20 AM – 10:30 AM

The United States government is relinquishing its leadership role in the international movement for LGBTI equality and other newly elected nationalist governments may follow suit. Which governments, elected leaders, institutions and organizations will fill this vacuum? International LGBTQ elected officials will discuss this new reality and whether this disengagement is temporary or long-lasting.

Opening Remarks:

  • Karamo Brown, Television Host, Queer Eye


  • Kerry Jo Lyn, Director of LGBTI Global Development Partnership, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice


  • State Legislator Érica Malunguinho, Brazil 
  • Member of Parliament Terry Reintke, European Parliament
  • State Legislator Robeyoncé Lima, Brazil 
  • Member of Parliament Seb Dance, European Parliament 


10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Breakout Session 1a: The Other Green Economy: Marijuana as a Business (Salon D)

Nine states, the District of Columbia, and Canada have legalized recreational marijuana, joining dozens of other states that have made marijuana available for medical use. Some experts predict that legalization could inject over $130 billion into US tax coffers by 2025. As the cannabis industry becomes a bigger economic player, hear from experts, lawmakers, and community leaders about how it is impacting their communities.


  • Senator Julian Cyr, Massachusetts Senate


  • Representative Kelly Cassidy, Illinois House of Representatives
  • Sarah Gersten, Attorney, Gersten – Saltman 
  • Trustee Tom Temprano, City College of San Francisco    
  • Saphira Galoob, Principal and CEO, The Liaison Group
  • Betty Aldworth, Executive Director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP)

Breakout Session 1b: Out on K Street: The Power of Influence (Salon E)

Whether lobbying to end the “victory tax” for Olympians, for land exchange, or to ensure legal protections for 11 million LGBTQ Americans, lobbyists’ direct line to elected officials can play an important role in a productive government. This session will evaluate how lobbying has been effectively used to benefit the LGBTQ community and how out lobbyists are advancing their agendas in today’s political climate. It will also offer tips for developing productive relationships between lobbyists and elected officials.


  • Daniel Penchina, President, Voices for Progress, Victory Board Member 


  • Member of Parliament, Nick Herbert, UK Parliament 
  • Councilmember Jolie Justus, Kansas City, MO 
  • Senate Leader Jerry Buttimer, Ireland 
  • Courtney Snowden, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, JUUL
  • Lanae Erickson, Vice PresidentSocial Policy & Politics, Third Way 

Breakout Session 1c: Equality Through the Courts: A Look at Europe, Latin America and India (Salon F)

Recent regional court decisions in Europe, Latin America and India have opened the door to government recognition of marriage equality and protections based on gender identity and expression. But will these rulings be fully implemented and will they lead to societal change? Panelists will share their perspectives on those rulings, the opportunities they bring to expand equality, and the challenges to implementing the decisions.


  • Julie Dorf, Senior Advisor, Council for Global Equality


  • Luis Salazar, Presidential Commissioner on LGBTI rights, Costa Rica
  • Tamara Adrián, Member of the National Assembly, Venezuela
  • Ankit Gupta, Member of Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) 
  • Adrian Coman, Petitioner, Adrian Coman and Others v. Romania

Lunch Plenary (Grand Ballroom)

Becoming a Historic First: The Spotlight and Responsibilities
12:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Sponsored by Union Pacific

When Christine Quinn became the first openly lesbian New York City Council President, or Danica Roem the first openly trans person to win and serve in a state legislature, the headlines were seen across the world: “Historic First!” “History Made!” “Trailblazing Candidate!”. But with the spotlight comes enormous pressure – both to live up to the promise of being an LGBTQ history-maker and to ensure constituents remain the priority. Hear from a number of “historic firsts” as they reflect on the excitement and challenges of shattering lavender ceilings.

Opening Remarks:

  • U.S. Representative-Elect Sharice Davids


  • Jonathan Capehart, Journalist, The Washington Post, Contributor, MSNBC


  • Former U.S. Representative Barney Frank
  • Former U.S. Ambassador to Romania Michael Guest  
  • Former Secretary of the U.S. Army Eric Fanning
  • Former Speaker of the New York City Council Christine Quinn 
  • Virginia Delegate Danica Roem


2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Breakout Session 2a: Let Us Live: Ensuring Access to Quality Healthcare (Salon D)

So-called “religious freedom” laws at the state level have exacerbated health disparities by discouraging LGBTQ people to self-report their sexual orientation or gender identity. These laws come as a growing body of research shows experiences of discrimination are associated with poor health outcomes. Additionally, healthcare access for people living with HIV and trans people seeking medical care has improved drastically under the Affordable Care Act – yet it remains under threat. In this session, public officials, advocates, and private sector leaders will discuss ways to guarantee access to quality health care for LGBTQ people in every state, regardless of anti-LGBTQ state or local laws.


  • Representative Daniel Hernandez, Arizona House of Representatives 


  • Kris Hayashi, Executive Director, Transgender Law Center  
  • Luc Athayde-Rizzaro, Policy Counsel, National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) 
  • Representative Sam Park, Georgia House of Representatives  

Breakout Session 2b: Our Communities, Our Environment – An LGBTQ Perspective on Environmental Justice and Equity (Salon E)

Sponsored by Toyota

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the devastation left by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and other natural and manmade disasters have shed light on the appalling lack of protections and resources for many disenfranchised communities. In response, enlightened legislators and local leaders are considering environmental justice and equity concerns when developing environmental policies they wish to advance. Yet many policymakers remain unaware of these social justice concerns and fail to engage relevant stakeholders when writing legislation or policies. This panel will discuss how to change this dynamic through awareness and thoughtful engagement.


  • Jeff Mauk, Executive Director, National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL)


  • Senator Kelvin Atkinson, Nevada Senate
  • Representative Karin Power, Oregon House of Representatives
  • Lindi von Mutius, Chief of Staff, Sierra Club

Breakout Session 2c: Forging Alliances with Allied Elected Officials: Lessons from the Caribbean (Salon F)

LGBTQ people remain severely underrepresented in governments all across the globe, but in some legislatures, out LGBTQ officials are extremely few or non-existent. In these environments, the LGBTI movement must rely on allied politicians to make progress on equality issues, and leaders in the Caribbean have had some success. In this session, change-makers from the Caribbean will share their perspectives and recommendations on how to build productive working relationships between civil society and politicians in low-equality countries or regions.


  • Michael Lavers, International News Editor, Washington Blade


  • Senator Janelle Sarauw, Legislature of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) 
  • Congresswoman Jacqueline Montero, Dominican Republic 
  • Former MP Desiree de Sousa, Estates of Aruba  
  • Senator Valerie Woods, Belize Senate

Afternoon Plenary (Grand Ballroom)

California in the Lead. And How the Rest of Us Can Catch Up
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

California is the gold standard in LGBTQ equality and leads the nation in LGBTQ representation in government – not to mention it has out lesbian Toni Atkins heading the state Senate. In this plenary, LGBTQ California legislators will discuss how they advanced an equality agenda in the state legislature and city councils and provide strategies that can be applied to other legislative bodies regardless of the political makeup.

State of California Remarks: 

  • Rick Zbur, Executive Director, Equality California 

Video Welcome:

  • U.S. Representative-elect Katie Hill 


  • Karamo Brown, Television Host, Queer Eye


  • U.S. Representative Mark Takano
  • Assemblymember Todd Gloria, California State Assembly
  • Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, California State Assembly
  • Assessor Jeffrey Prang, Los Angeles County

Western States Welcome Happy Hour 

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
1331 Bar & Lounge – JW Marriott Washington DC

Hosted by Equality California

Mix, mingle and network with fellow conference attendees from throughout the Western United States before heading to an evening reception or a night out on the town.

Bohnett Leaders Reception  (Invite Only)
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

A reception to bring together alumni of the Bohnett Leaders Fellowship program.

International Reception (Pitchers – 2317 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009)
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
RSVP (Free)

Sponsored by Welsh Government

Young Leaders Reception (Pitchers – 2317 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009)
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
RSVP (Free)

Sponsored by Google 

Women Out to Win Reception (2055 L St NW Ste 700)
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Presented by Olivia Travel
Sponsored by Daily Kos, Facebook, and AT&T

2018 is the new “Year of the Woman”. Women and LGBTQ candidates made history this year, successfully flipping control of Congress and state legislatures across the country. Join us as we salute these trailblazers, celebrate their leadership, and welcome them to Washington!

General Admission is included with all International LGBTQ Leaders Conference registrations, but we ask you reserve your space ahead of time here.

Late Night Out with Victory 

8:00 PM – Late Night

Join conference attendees at numerous LGBTQ bars throughout D.C. Whether you are in the mood for chatting, good music and drink specials, or for dancing, we have a place for you.

  • Pitchers/A League of Her Own   (2317 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009)
  • Number Nine (1435 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005)
  • Trade (1410 14th St NW, First Floor, Washington, DC 20005)

Plenary & Breakout Session Location:

JW Marriot Washington, DC: 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Breakfast Plenary (Grand Ballroom)

Year of the LGBTQ Woman
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

LGBTQ women ran for office like never before this cycle and became the stars of the Rainbow Wave of LGBTQ candidates that stormed the nation. Why are women – and particularly LGBTQ women – resonating so strongly with voters at this moment? Why are LGBTQ women running in such large numbers right now? Hear from advocates and newly elected LGBTQ women as they reflect on this historic year.


  • Representative Leslie Herod, Colorado House of Representatives


  • Senator-elect Nickie Antonio, Ohio Senate 
  • Representative-elect Brianna Titone, Colorado House of Representatives
  • Geri Prado, Senior Director, State and Local Campaigns, EMILY’s List
  • JoDee Winterhof, Senior Vice President, Policy and Political Affairs, HRC

Bohnett Fellowship Refresher (Invite Only)
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM


10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Breakout Session 3a: The Continued Health Crisis: Tackling Rising Rates of HIV/Hep C in the LGBTQ Community (Salon D)

Sponsored by PhRMA

HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) continue to be major public health crises in the United States, especially for the LGBTQ community. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2015 there were 1.2 million people living with HIV and about 25 percent are co-infected with HCV. Scientific and medical advances have made living with and preventing HIV and HCV easier than ever. However, a number of policy barriers exist that prevent or discourage people from accessing this care. This session will look at those barriers and how policymakers and advocates can help increase awareness and utilization of innovative treatment and prevention therapies.

Opening Remarks:

  • Mayor Gabriel Quinto, El Cerrito, California


  • Representative Mary González, Texas House of Representatives


  • Senator Pat Spearman, Nevada State Senate
  • Boyan Konstantinov, Policy Specialist, United National Development Program 
  • Carl Schmid, Deputy Executive Director, The AIDS Institute

Breakout Session 3b: On the Frontlines: LGBTQ Elected Officials in Low-Equality States (Salon E)

The challenges of being an openly LGBTQ elected official is even greater in states where few out leaders have historically served. Yet having one out person in office can transform legislative debates and humanize LGBTQ lives for other lawmakers.  Hear from LGBTQ lawmakers from low-equality states about the unique challenges and opportunities of being one of the few out officials, and how their presence impacts policies and cultural change.


  • Representative Brian Sims, Pennsylvania House of Representatives 


  • Former Representative Blake Oshiro, Hawaii House of Representatives  
  • Senator-elect Nickie Antonio, Ohio Senate 
  • Representative Jason Elliott, South Carolina House of Representatives 
  • Senator-elect Megan Hunt, Nebraska Senate

Breakout Session 3c: Reaching Out: Corporations Supporting Equality Abroad (Salon F)

Ninety-one percent of Fortune 500 companies include sexual orientation in their non-discrimination policies and 83 percent include gender identity. While corporations strive to lead on equality, challenges arise in enforcing internal and external pro-LGBTQ policies in countries or regions hostile to equality. Join a panel of corporate representatives as they discuss their strategies for championing equality in conservative countries.


  • Fabrice Houdart, Human Rights Officer, United Nations


  • Ross LaJeunesse, Global HeadInternational Relations, Google
  • Louis Vega, President Dow Australia & New Zealand, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Thomas J. Maloney, Senior Director, Government and Public Affairs, Marriott International
  • Phil Crehan, Director of NGLCC Global, NGLCC

Lunch Plenaries (Grand Ballroom)

Broadening the Equality Agenda: Millennials in Office
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

For decades, LGBTQ elected officials pushed for marriage equality, non-discrimination protections and hate crimes legislation. With at least part of that agenda fulfilled for now, millennial LGBTQ elected officials are expanding the scope of what is an equality issue and are fighting for issues too long ignored. In this plenary, LGBTQ elected millennials will discuss their priority issues – whether gun control, immigration or treatment of LGBTQ prisoners – and how they believe a broader equality agenda can be achieved.


  • Jennifer Bendery, Senior Politics Reporter, HuffPost


  • Representative Park Cannon, Georgia House of Representatives
  • Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith, Florida House of Representatives 
  • Representative Daniel Hernandez, Arizona House of Representatives
  • Representative Mary González, Texas House of Representatives
  • Member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta Michael Connolly, Canada

Returning the Favor: Fighting for Those Who Sparked the Fight
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Sponsored by AARP

The number of LGBTQ seniors is growing, but with few exceptions, states and cities have failed to address the needs of our aging community. Stories abound about LGBTQ people returning to the closet when moving to senior living communities. Others struggle to find caregivers who are culturally competent in LGBTQ health. Hear from experts about the unique challenges that face older adults who are LGBTQ, and from LGBTQ elected officials about the policies and legislation they are pushing to protect this community.


  • Diego Sanchez, Director of Advocacy, Policy and Partnerships, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)


  • Speaker of the New York City Council Corey Johnson
  • Councilmember Lisa Middleton, Palm Springs, CA
  • Dr. Nii-Quartelai Quartey, Senior Advisor & National LGBT Liaison, Multicultural Leadership, AARP 
  • Aaron Tax, DirectorAdvocacy, SAGE 
  • Dr. Imani Woody, President and CEO, Mary’s House for Older Adults


2:15 PM – 3:45 PM

Breakout Session 4a: Fired Up for 2020: A Primer on Running for Office (Salon D)

Sponsored by State Farm

More than 600 LGBTQ candidates ran for office in 2018 and more than 400 appeared on the ballot – a historic number. As 2020 approaches, are you considering a run for office to be part of the next rainbow wave? Or do you want to help elect our next LGBTQ Congressmember or governor? Come hear from political training experts and elected officials on what it takes to prepare for 2020 — either as a candidate or a campaign staffer.


  • Joe Fuld, Founder, The Campaign Workshop 


  • Shay Franco-Clausen, Director, Santa Clara Open Space Authority
  • Councilmember LaWana Mayfield, Charlotte, NC
  • Mũthoni Wambu Kraal, Vice President, National Outreach and Training, Emily’s List 
  • Commissioner James Chang, Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board, California 
  • Kristin Seale, Director, Rose Tree Media School Board, Pennsylvania

Breakout Session 4b: The Kids Are Alright? (Salon E)

LGBTQ youth are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth – and the challenges they face persist. While LGBTQ elected officials are leading the fight to end “conversion therapy,” the horrific practice is banned in just fourteen states and the District of Columbia. Meanwhile Betsy DeVos’s Department of Education has backed away from protections for LGBTQ students, including trans students ability to use the bathroom. What can we do to make life easier for our LGBTQ youth? Hear from a range of policy experts and elected officials on what they are doing at the local, state and national level to protect and support young LGBTQ people.


  • Isaiah R. Wilson, Director, External Affairs, National Black Justice Coalition


  • Mayor John Bauters, Emeryville, California 
  • School Board Member Tyler Titus, Erie School District, Pennsylvania
  • Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, Director of External Relations, National Center for Transgender Equality Action Fund 
  • Sultan Shakir, Executive Director, Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL)
  • Joaquin Tamayo, Senior Policy Advisor, EducationCounsel

Breakout Session 4c: Inside and Out: Race & Criminal Justice Reform (Salon F)

Communities of color, which include millions of LGBTQ Americans, are disproportionately impacted by the U.S. criminal justice system. From unfair sentencing and arrest practices to ensuring basic civil liberties, out elected officials are leading the conversation on how to make our society more just and fair. In this session, openly LGBTQ elected officials and leading experts will discuss the solutions they have to reform America’s criminal justice system.


  • Preston Mitchum, Senior Legal and International Policy Analyst, Advocates for Youth 


  • Former Representative David Richardson, Florida House of Representatives
  • Maritza Perez, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress 
  • Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht, King County, Seattle, Washington
  • Taissa Morimoto, Policy Counsel, National LGBTQ Task Force

Closing Celebration (Penn Avenue Terrace)
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Join us as we celebrate the closing of the 2018 International LGBTQ Leaders Conference and prepare for the  Rainbow Wave to take effect in 2019!