LGBTQI elected officials meet to advance equality worldwide

LGBTQI elected officials from 20 countries and six continents will gather on June 29 in Madrid to discuss ways to support and collaborate with one another to advance equality for LGBTQI people.

The LGBTQI Interparliamentary Plenary Session – organized by Victory Institute and the Madrid Summit – is part of World Pride Madrid 2017 and will take place after the conclusion of the Madrid Summit, a three-day international human rights conference. The conference will conclude with the Madrid Summit Declaration, which outlines strategies for advancing equality for LGBTQI people around the world.

Drawing on their expertise and experiences on LGBTQI issues, participating elected and appointed officials will identify challenges and opportunities across the world, and determine how they can advise and support other LGBTQI and allied elected officials in achieving equality.

During the session, the participants will discuss how LGBTQI elected officials can help achieve the goals of the Madrid Summit Declaration, and how to engage and assist other LGBTQI officials as well. Among the participating speakers are: Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, Venezuela’s Assemblywoman Tamara Adrian, and Congressman Randy Boissonnault, Special Advisor to the Canadian Prime Minister.