International LGBTQ Leaders Conference

December 5-8, 2018

Every December, more than 500 LGBTQ elected officials, leaders and advocates from across the world come together for the International LGBTQ Leaders Conference in Washington, DC. The conference includes three days of networking and skills building as we strategize the year ahead in our movement for equality.

The 2017 conference theme was Representation is Power – with the conference agenda revolving around plenaries, breakout sessions and networking opportunities designed to help LGBTQ leaders harness and wield that power in 2018.

Last year’s speakers included: U.S. Senator Cory Booker, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Former Mayor Annise Parker, and dozens of other surprise guests. Check back for updates on this year’s conference this summer, and please contact our Domestic Programs Director Sheila E. Isong with any questions at

2017 speakers included Tammy Baldwin, Cory Booker, Maxine Waters, Ricardo Lara, Annise Parker, and many more

2018 Conference Registration


Colorado Senator Leslie Herod

“As a newly elected state legislator, the conference was a tremendous opportunity for me to learn from LGBTQ leaders who already held public office. Whether strategies for passing legislation, model policies on LGBTQ and other issues, media training or even just conversations about being an out official, the experience is invaluable for LGBTQ leaders looking to make change.”

– Colorado State Representative Leslie Herod

“Only at the Leaders Conference can you network with the LGBTQ community’s top elected officials and leaders all in one place – members of Congress, mayors and state legislators. Strategizing about what’s next in our movement with colleagues from around the world is an invaluable opportunity to work collectively toward meaningful change.”

– California State Senator Ricardo Lara

California Senator Ricardo Lara
Pennsylvania Representative Brian Sims

“The diversity of voices at the conference is powerful – LGBTQ leaders from around the world and across America coming together to share ideas and learn from experts in their fields. Each year I leave more inspired, more motivated, and more confident that LGBTQ public leaders are uniquely positioned to move forward equality for all of our communities.”

– Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims

2017 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

PG and E logo

Travel Sponsor

southwest airlines logo

Workshop Sponsors

LGBTQ Conference Sponsor logos: AARP, Comcast, DOW, Gilead, Pfizer, State Farm, Toyota, Uber, Union Pacific, Workplace Equality Index

Reception & Plenary Sponsors

Leadership conference sponsor logos: Altria, MillerCoors, MPR, Facebook, Westfuller Advisors

Leadership Sponsors

Leadership Conference sponsor logos: Google, BBCA Compass, Coca-Cola, David Bohnett Foundation, Huntbridge, Moody's, National Restaurant Association, Rally Campaigns, Sempa Energy

Media Sponsor

NBC Out logo


For information on corporate or other sponsorship opportunities, contact Ruben Gonzales at

Conference History

In 1984, two dozen elected officials came together for the first time and estimated there were 50 out LGBTI officials in the whole world. Today more than 500 people attend the conference annually, and there are more than 1,000 out officials around the globe.