November 30 –  December 3, 2022
JW Marriott | Washington, DC


This Winter, over 600 LGBTQ elected officials, leaders and advocates from across the world will come together for the 38th Annual International LGBTQ Leaders Conference in Washington, DC. The conference includes four days of networking and skills building as we strategize the year ahead in our movement for equality.

Victory Institute will be hosting the 2022 Conference once again at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC, November 30 to December 3.

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

For more information about attending the International LGBTQ Leaders Conference, please contact Pooja Prabhakaran at

A limited number of scholarships are available for conference. Please contact Pooja Prabhakaran at for more information on scholarships.


Wednesday, November 30

5 PM – 8 PM ET: Receptions

Thursday, December 1

7:30 AM – 3:45 PM ET: Elected Officials Summit
(Elected officials only)

4 PM – 8 PM ET: Opening Program

8 PM – 10 PM ET: Receptions

Friday, December 2

8 AM – 4 PM ET: Programming

7 PM – 10 PM ET: Receptions

Saturday, December 3

8 AM – 2:30 PM ET: Programming

Plenary and breakout session topics coming soon!

“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 2022 Conference Sponsor

Our International LGBTQ Leaders Conference is a unique three-day experience that brings together more than 600 LGBTQ elected officials and leaders from across the United States and world. U.S. senators, state legislators, city council members and other leaders join our corporate partners in strategizing how to move forward equality legislation and other public policies that affect all our communities. The networking, skills-building and policy conversations these LGBTQ leaders participate in have a profound effect on where our movement directs its energy next – and that is why our partners find the conference invaluable.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Curtis Sakow at

Corey Booker at the 2017 LGBTQ Leaders Conference
Mayor Annise Parker at the 2018 International LGBTQ Leaders Conference

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 hundreds of leaders attend the conference annually, and there are more than 1,000 out officials around the globe.