International LGBTQ Leaders Conference

The International LGBTQ Leaders Conference brings together hundreds of openly LGBTQ leaders in government, politics, advocacy, business and community organizations. Attendees experience three days of training, skills building and networking, and discuss key issues facing openly LGBTQ leaders and their communities.

The 2017 International LGBTQ Leaders Conference will be held in Washington, DC from Wednesday, December 6 – Saturday, December 9, 2017. The 2017 theme is “Representation is Power” — where together we will build and train a diverse pipeline of LGBTQ leaders who can move foward equality for our community.

Testimonials

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

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

Highlights of the 2016 Conference

Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the conference positions your organization or brand in front of hundreds of LGBTQ elected and appointed officials, decision-makers, thought leaders and the LGBTQ media.

From senior members of Congress to local elected officials to tomorrow’s emerging leaders, conference attendees are repeatedly reminded of the generosity and commitment of conference sponsors through key branding opportunities.

For information on corporate or other sponsorship opportunities, contact Ruben Gonzales at ruben.gonzales@victoryinstitute.org.

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.