International Leadership Development

About Us

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The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute works to achieve full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people by building, supporting, and advancing a diverse network of LGBT public leaders worldwide. Victory’s goal is to increase the participation of LGBT people in democratic systems where they live.

Our International Work

Globally, Victory trains international LGBT leaders, collaborates with political parties for greater inclusion of LGBT people, raises public awareness around democratic governance, and conducts research on LGBT political participation in countries outside of the United States.

Significant international participation also exists within Victory’s domestic programs. For more than three decades, our annual International LGBT Leadership Conference has convened LGBT leaders from around the world. Officials learn best practices to advance equality, share common challenges and build a network of contacts and support. Victory has included international leaders in its Candidate & Campaign Training, David Bohnett LGBT Leadership Fellowship, Movement Leaders Fellowship, as well as other capacity building and leadership development programs. We also deliver workshops for international LGBT leaders visiting the U.S. 

Pillars of our international work:

  • Training leaders: Train LGBT leaders that want to contribute to building a more inclusive democracy.
  • Political Parties: Collaborate with political parties to increase the participation of the LGBT population within their structures.
  • Public Awareness: Raise public awareness and educate public opinion on LGBT representation within democratic institutions.
  • Research: Conduct research to demonstrate the positive effect of LGBT inclusivity in democratic institutions.

Victory has partnered with local and national organizations to train LGBT leaders in the Balkans, Colombia, and Peru, and we are working to expand our programming to additional countries. For more information on our country specific activities, please click on the link for the respective country you are interested in learning more about.

Victory is in partnership with the LGBT Representation and Rights Initiative at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (UNC), to produce research on the impact of LGBT public officials. Click here to learn more about this groundbreaking research.

Victory is also in partnership with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, working together to strengthen the transatlantic partnership by furthering LGBT inclusivity within their world-renowned Marshall Memorial Fellowship: Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders program. This partnership embraces the international exchange of experiences and expertise that is inclusive of outstanding LGBT leaders both domestically and abroad.

How you can help

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute works with organizations in the Global South to establish and support leadership development programs for openly LGBT individuals. Gifts to the Victory Institute are tax-deductible for U.S. citizens and corporations.

The Victory Institute also maintains an online database of openly LGBT leadersSend us the names of international leaders who are openly and publicly LGBT identified.

For more information about our international work, please contact us.