Advisory: Victory Institute Hosts International LGBTQ Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. to Strategize Future of the Equality Movement Under a Trump Administration


Event Date: December 8-10

Conference hosted by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Co-Chairs of Congressional Equality Caucus, and Victory Institute President & CEO Aisha Moodie-Mills marks the first post-election meeting of hundreds of LGBTQ leaders

Notable speakers include Sen. Baldwin, Eric Fanning (U.S. Secretary of the Army) and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY)

Washington, D.C., (Nov. 30, 2016) – Victory Institute, the nation’s only LGBTQ organization dedicated to building a pipeline of LGBTQ elected officials at the local, state and national level, will bring together more than 400 LGBTQ elected officials, appointees, leaders, ambassadors and advocates for the first major gathering of the LGBTQ movement since the presidential election. The three-day conference aims to chart a path forward for LGBTQ elected officials and leaders as the Trump administration continues to appoint anti-LGBTQ cabinet members who threaten to dismantle the unprecedented gains of the last eight years.

Participants at the International LGBTQ Leaders Conference will hear from many of the movement’s most high-ranking leaders, and develop a unified strategy for securing recent progress. The conference will also host the largest closed-door meeting of LGBTQ elected officials in history, where leaders will strategize around using their collective power to create an effective opposition to the anti-equality agenda of the new administration.

The conference will take place in Washington, D.C. from Dec. 8 – 10. Most sessions are open to the press, and elected officials and leaders are available for interviews. A complete agenda with speakers is available at

International LGBTQ Leaders Conference

Thursday, Dec. 8 – Saturday, Dec. 10

1919 Connecticut Ave. NW | Washington, D.C. 20009

Aisha Moodie-Mills, President and CEO, Victory Institute

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY 18th District)

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ 7th District)

Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI 1st District)

Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA 17th District)

Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA 42nd District)

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI 2nd District)

Eric Fanning, U.S. Secretary of the Army

James W. Brewster, U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic

Rufus Gifford, U.S. Ambassador to Denmark

Ted Osius, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam


About the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute works to achieve full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people by building, supporting, and advancing a diverse network of LGBTQ public leaders. Through its training and professional development programs, the Victory Institute assists hundreds of individuals who go on to influential careers in politics, government, business and advocacy each year.  Many of the Victory Institute’s trainees join the more than 1,000 openly LGBTQ elected and appointed officials now serving around the world. Founded in 1993, the Victory Institute is a non-partisan, tax-exempt educational and research organization.

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