2018 International LGBTQ Leaders Conference Attendee Survey

2018 International LGBTQ Leaders Conference Attendee Survey

Main conference attendee survey
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  • Traditionally, the conference has been in early December after the November elections to provide a debrief on last year's victories and look towards the year ahead.
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    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.Speakers:Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory InstituteU.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin,Governor-elect Jared PolisAward Winner:Virginia Delegate Danica Roem
  • Friday, December 7

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    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 EyeModerator:Kerry Jo Lyn, Director of LGBTI Global Development Partnership, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for JusticeSpeakers:State Legislator Érica Malunguinho, Brazil Member of Parliament Terry Reintke, European ParliamentState Legislator Robeyoncé Lima, Brazil Member of Parliament Seb Dance, European Parliament
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    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.Speaker:Rep. Linda Sanchez, U.S. House of Representatives
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    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.Moderator:Daniel Penchina, President, Voices for Progress, Victory Board Member Speakers:Member of Parliament, Nick Herbert, UK Parliament Councilmember Jolie Justus, Kansas City, MO Senate Leader Jerry Buttimer, Ireland Courtney Snowden, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, JUULLanae Erickson, Vice President, Social Policy & Politics, Third Way
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    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.Moderator:Julie Dorf, Senior Advisor, Council for Global EqualitySpeakers:Luis Salazar, Presidential Commissioner on LGBTI rights, Costa RicaTamara Adrián, Member of the National Assembly, VenezuelaAnkit Gupta, Member of Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) Adrian Coman, Petitioner, Adrian Coman and Others v. Romania
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    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 DavidsModerator:Jonathan Capehart, Journalist, The Washington Post, Contributor, MSNBCSpeakers:Former U.S. Representative Barney FrankFormer U.S. Ambassador to Romania Michael Guest Former Secretary of the U.S. Army Eric FanningFormer Speaker of the New York City Council Christine Quinn Virginia Delegate Danica Roem
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    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.Moderator:Representative Daniel Hernandez, Arizona House of Representatives Speakers: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
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    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.Moderator:Jeff Mauk, Executive Director, National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL)Speakers:Senator Kelvin Atkinson, Nevada SenateRepresentative Karin Power, Oregon House of RepresentativesLindi von Mutius, Chief of Staff, Sierra ClubModerator:Representative Daniel Hernandez, Arizona House of Representatives Speakers: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
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    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.Moderator:Michael Lavers, International News Editor, Washington BladeSpeakers: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
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    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.
  • Saturday, December 8

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    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.Moderator:Representative Leslie Herod, Colorado House of RepresentativesSpeakers:Senator-elect Nickie Antonio, Ohio Senate Representative-elect Brianna Titone, Colorado House of RepresentativesGeri Prado, Senior Director, State and Local Campaigns, EMILY’s ListJoDee Winterhof, Senior Vice President, Policy and Political Affairs, HRC
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    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, CaliforniaModerator:Representative Mary González, Texas House of RepresentativesSpeakers:Senator Pat Spearman, Nevada State SenateBoyan Konstantinov, Policy Specialist, United National Development Program Carl Schmid, Deputy Executive Director, The AIDS InstituteModerator:Jeff Mauk, Executive Director, National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL)Speakers:Senator Kelvin Atkinson, Nevada SenateRepresentative Karin Power, Oregon House of RepresentativesLindi von Mutius, Chief of Staff, Sierra ClubModerator:Representative Daniel Hernandez, Arizona House of Representatives Speakers: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
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    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.Moderator:Representative Brian Sims, Pennsylvania House of Representatives Speakers: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
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    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.Moderator:Fabrice Houdart, Human Rights Officer, United NationsSpeakers:Ross LaJeunesse, Global Head, International Relations, GoogleLouis Vega, President Dow Australia & New Zealand, The Dow Chemical CompanyThomas J. Maloney, Senior Director, Government and Public Affairs, Marriott InternationalPhil Crehan, Director of NGLCC Global, NGLCC
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    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.Moderator:Jennifer Bendery, Senior Politics Reporter, HuffPostSpeakers:Representative Park Cannon, Georgia House of RepresentativesRepresentative Carlos Guillermo Smith, Florida House of Representatives Representative Daniel Hernandez, Arizona House of RepresentativesRepresentative Mary González, Texas House of RepresentativesMember to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta Michael Connolly, Canada
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    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.Speakers:Diego Sanchez, Director of Advocacy, Policy and Partnerships, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)Speakers:Speaker of the New York City Council Corey JohnsonCouncilmember Lisa Middleton, Palm Springs, CADr. Nii-Quartelai Quartey, Senior Advisor & National LGBT Liaison, Multicultural Leadership, AARP Aaron Tax, Director, Advocacy, SAGE Dr. Imani Woody, President and CEO, Mary’s House for Older Adults
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    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.Moderator:Joe Fuld, Founder, The Campaign Workshop Speakers:Shay Franco-Clausen, Director, Santa Clara Open Space AuthorityCouncilmember LaWana Mayfield, Charlotte, NCMũthoni 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
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    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.Moderator:Isaiah R. Wilson, Director, External Affairs, National Black Justice CoalitionSpeakersMayor John Bauters, Emeryville, California School Board Member Tyler Titus, Erie School District, PennsylvaniaRaffi 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
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    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.Moderator:Preston Mitchum, Senior Legal and International Policy Analyst, Advocates for Youth Speakers:Former Representative David Richardson, Florida House of RepresentativesMaritza Perez, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht, King County, Seattle, WashingtonTaissa Morimoto, Policy Counsel, National LGBTQ Task Force
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