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 Washington, DC, December 1-4.

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


Conference Registration


Note: You will be asked to review and accept the terms listed on our COVID-19 event waiver. 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 Seth Schermer at [email protected].

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.