International LGBTQ Leaders Conference

Representation is Power

December 1 – 4, 2021

This December, over 600 LGBTQ elected officials, leaders and advocates from across the world will come together for the International LGBTQ Leaders Conference in Washington, DC and virtually. The hybrid conference includes three days of networking and skills building as we strategize the year ahead in our movement for equality.

Victory Institute will be hosting the 2021 Conference once again at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC, December 1-4.

In-person capacity pending COVID-19 restrictions in Washington, DC.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement (In-person attendees)

At Registration Check-in, guests should be prepared to show their CDC Vaccination Card with matching ID (photo or actual vaccination card accepted). Event waiver is provided during online registration and onsite and must agree to its terms.


Conference Registration

REGISTRATION RATES Elected/Appointed Officials $225 June 1 – December 1 Young Professionals (Under 30) $250 June 1 – December 1 Note: Proof of date of birth is required. International $140 June 1 – December 1 International Alumni + Low Equality Countries $55 June 1 – December 1 Virtual TBA September 20 – December 1 Fall Rate $350 September 7 – October 10 General $450 October 11 – December 1



Virtual Rate

The virtual rate will provide virtual-only programming, and none of the in-person activities. The special $21 virtual rate includes:

  • Access to livestreaming all five mainstage plenaries
  • View 1-2 virtual-only breakout sessions
  • Attend 1 virtual networking program.

Note: All other registration categories are for in-person programming in Washington, DC at the JW Marriott.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement (In-person attendees)

At Registration Check-in, guests should be prepared to show their CDC Vaccination Card with matching ID (photo or actual vaccination card accepted).

COVID-19 Testing

We highly encourage that guests take a COVID-19 test, producing a negative result, no more than 96 hours prior to the event before entering, regardless of vaccination status. (Note that we may require guests to have a digital or printed negative test result which will be verified with a matching ID during check-in by event staff. This will be announced a later date).

Please visit here to find testing locations in Washington. The nearest location may not have rapid testing, so please look to see which sites offer this service so you can ensure you have your results in time.

If guests are unable to be vaccinated and need a religious or medical accommodation, they must alert our team in advance (by emailing and then provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result from no more than 96 hours prior to the event before entering.

All in-person conference attendees are asked to review and accept the terms listed on our COVID-19 event waiver. Updated waivers will presented at Conference Registration where you will be asked to sign onsite. Thank you.

COVID19 Event Waiver: 2021 LGBTQ Leaders Conference


Hotel & Lodging


We are offering a special conference room rate of $199/night at our 2021 conference host hotel, the JW Marriot – Washington, DC!

In response to current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the JW Marriott have implemented a variety of new protocols and elevated practices, keeping with their high standards of cleanliness and luxury service. Check out some of the measures they have implemented and what to expect at the hotel regarding changes to amenities, services, and facilities.

Room rate cutoff date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021


“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 Insurance Commissioner 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

Become a 2021 Conference Sponsor

Sponsoring the International LGBTQ Leaders Conference (Dec. 1-4, 2021) 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, Leadership 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 Curtis Sakow 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.