International Pre-Conference Programming: Populism vs. Democracy Penn Avenue Terrace – JW Marriott The rise of populism and nationalism during the
last five years is eroding democracy worldwide. While internet and digital technology have prompted increasing political engagement, income inequality, conflicts, climate change and migration have fueled the frustration
and fears of the public. Those feelings have been hijacked by populist politicians with an exclusionary agenda and clear authoritarian tendencies. This international preconference will provide US and international participants
with a snapshot of the state of democracy and the impact populism is having around the world.
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Far-Right Nationalist Parties and the New Power Balance in the European Union Growing
inequality, transformation of labor relations, and a massive influx of migrants have provided the breeding ground for the current wave of populism and nationalism that is sweeping the European Union. In providing seemingly
easy solutions for complex problems, these parties have won over 20 percent of seats in the European Parliament, attracting a frustrated and increasingly disaffected electorate. How is this affecting democracy in the region?
What will be the impact on the policies and efficacy of the European Union? Panelists will explore these and other questions about the state and future of democracy on the other side of the Atlantic.
a.m. – 12:30 p.m. From Frustration to Action: Taking Back Brazil Through the 2020 Local Elections Two years after the assassination of Councilwoman Marielle Franco and a year after one of the
most polarizing elections in modern Brazilian history, a reinvigorated social movement opposing President Jair Bolsonaro’s policies is regrouping and channeling their frustration through politics. As in the U.S., a historic
number of women, black and queer people ran for office in 2018, driven by a desire to protect their rights and vision for their country. Panelists will discuss the current strategies of the progressive movement to win back
power through local elections as part of a larger effort to counterbalance the current government.
1:30 pm – 3 pm Democracy vs. Internet: U.S. and beyond Similar to how the
printing press revolutionized access to information in the Middle Ages, the internet has led to the ultimate democratization of information. But what is the impact on democracy? On one hand, wider access to information
and social media is deepening democracy, making governments more accountable and allowing people to organize faster, as seen during the Arab Spring and the subsequent Occupy Movements around Europe and North America. At
the same time, elections are being tainted across the globe, which in turn is used by undemocratic rulers to weaken trust in the democratic system and limit freedom of speech and assembly, among other rights. How can we
limit the impact of fake news while deepening democracy and reinforcing human rights? Experts from a wide range of fields will discuss potential solutions and their pros and cons.
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Breaking Venezuela’s Stalemate: What’s Next? Panel Co-Hosted by Atlantic Council Three
years of continued escalating tensions and democratic deterioration have left Venezuela with two parallel presidents and parliaments, but without a clear path to solve the economic and humanitarian crisis that has pushed
over 3 million of its citizens to migrate to other countries. Join this panel to learn about a variety of future scenarios that lay ahead of the stakeholders involved, that could break the current stalemate and lead to
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Pre-Conference Welcome Reception The Atlantic Council – 1030 15th St, NW
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14
a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Pre-Conference Session for Elected Officials (Invitation Only)
12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Conference Registration Grand Ballroom Foyer
p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Opening Plenary: A Friend in the Oval Office: 2020 Candidates Forum Grand Ballroom All the Democratic presidential candidates support basic equality for LGBTQ people –
marriage equality, non-discrimination protections and an inclusive military. But less talked about is which issues they will prioritize, their strategies for advancing equality in a potentially divided Congress, and how
they would ensure LGBTQ inclusion in their administrations. With just months to go before the first primaries, hear from a few of the candidates who are running for the highest office in the land about how they would advance
equality as president.
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Opening Reception The Embassy of Canada – 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Leading in Color Reception AARP– 601 E. Street NW The
Leading In Color event is a “party with a purpose” where you’ll have an opportunity to engage with LGBTQ leaders of color who make up 20% of all LGBTQ elected officials serving nationwide. Over a dozen Out
elected officials, and two hundred community members, donors, influencers, and allies from across the country are expected to attend.
a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Coffee Networking Grand Ballroom Foyer
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Breakfast Plenary: Queer and Indigenous: Current Challenges in the Americas Grand Ballroom Indigenous
populations in the Americas face unique challenges with their roots in historic oppression. Inequality, stigma and lack of access to resources prevents these communities from having their voices heard. LGBTQ elected officials
and leaders from the US and other parts of the Americas will share with the audience the main challenges their communities face today, as well as their personal stories on being queer and indigenous elected leaders.
– 10:45 a.m. State of Victory Speech Grand Ballroom Remarks by Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO, Victory Institute
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Breakout Session 1
Breakout Session 1a: Navigating the Wonky Presidential Delegate Process Salon D Want
to be in the arena for the balloon drop at the Democratic National Convention or Republican National Convention next summer? As the Democrats and Republicans prepare for their conventions in Milwaukee and Charlotte, respectively,
Victory Institute is working to ensure there are LGBTQ delegates there to influence party platforms and discuss issues impacting LGBTQ Americans. In this session, there will be an interactive discussion around the process
of electing delegates to the RNC and DNC and choosing delegates as alternates.
Breakout Session 1b: Reforming a Broken Criminal Justice System Salon E For Black, brown, trans,
immigrant and other underserved communities, the criminal justice system is often applied unfairly and unjustly, perpetuating inequity and rewarding bias. In 2015, Black and Latinx people made up 56 percent of the incarcerated
population in the United States, despite representing only 32 percent of the population. And, nearly one in six trans people are incarcerated at some point in their lives. Finding solutions to deconstruct systemic injustice
and reform America’s criminal justice system has not been easy, but this session will explore the varying approaches LGBTQ leaders have taken to advance progress.
Breakout Session 1c: Moving the Needle in Southern Africa Salon F With
Angola and Botswana decriminalizing consensual same-sex relationships, Southern Africa is leading the continent on LGBTQ equality. Years of movement-building and the increasing visibility of the LGBTQ community are paving
the way for a more inclusive sub-region. But how was progress achieved in each of these countries and what will be the impact on the continent’s geopolitics? Listen to elected officials and leaders from the region discuss
these developments and what comes next.
12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Lunch Plenary: The New U.S. Supreme Court The landmark ruling in favor of marriage equality marked the latest in a string
of victories for LGBTQ people in the U.S. Supreme Court. But two Trump judicial appointees later, it is a new court. The upcoming ruling on non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people will be instructive in what advocates
and legislators can expect from the Supreme Court in future cases of equality. Hear from national leaders about their thoughts on the Title VII case and what implications the ruling will have moving forward.
p.m. – 4 p.m. Breakout Session 2
Breakout Session 2a: On the Streets: The Homelessness and Housing Affordability Crisis Salon D As rent continues to increase in
cities and wages remain stagnant, homelessness and housing affordability is a growing crisis – with the LGBTQ community being hit particularly hard. One in five LGBTQ single adults makes less than $12,000 a year. Transgender
people are four times more likely to live in poverty than cisgender people. And 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. Join leaders in this area as they discuss how policy and advocacy efforts can help shift these
trends moving forward.
Breakout Session 2b: Diagnosing Deficiencies in Mental Healthcare Salon E In the 20 years since the passage of mental health parity laws, access to
mental healthcare continues to lag behind access to physical healthcare. This discrepancy disproportionately impacts LGBTQ Americans, who are twice as likely as heterosexual cisgender Americans to have a mental health disorder
in their lifetime. Additionally, people diagnosed with a mental health condition are four times as likely to be living with HIV than the general population. Join for a discussion about recent policy proposals that affect
mental health access and parity, how to support people diagnosed with a mental illness, and what lawmakers can do to narrow the treatment gap.
Breakout Session 2c: A Trip Around the Globe Salon F From
passing marriage equality in Taiwan to decriminalizing same-sex relations in Botswana to launching the United Caribbean Trans Network – the past year has seen both advances and setbacks in the global movement for LGBTQ
equality. Join panelists from a number of countries as we take a trip around the world and learn about the milestones and crisis points for LGBTQ people since the last conference. Panelists will also share what to watch
for in the year ahead.
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Grand Ballroom Evening Plenary: The Partner: An Insider Look at Public Life Whether on the campaign trail or at the kitchen
table, the partners of LGBTQ elected officials often play an influential and underappreciated role. Some are in the spotlight and on the stump, some receive media attention or scrutiny, and others door knock or attend town
halls. While the role can vary, few escape the hectic and fast-paced life that comes with dating or being married to a public officeholder. During this plenary, hear the insider stories and unique insights of the partners
of LGBTQ elected officials – from the stress of Election Day to managing public praise and criticism.
p.m. – 8 p.m. Young Leaders Reception Pitchers – 2317 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Women Out to Win Reception The Living Room – 1008 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
p.m. – Late Night Late Night Out with Victory Number Nine – 1435 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005 Pitchers/A League of Her Own – 2317 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 Trade – 1410 14th St NW, First Floor, Washington, DC 20005 Join
conference attendees at numerous LGBTQ bars throughout D.C. Whether you are in the mood for chatting, good music and drink specials, or for dancing, we have a place for you.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Coffee Networking Grand Ballroom Foyer
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Breakfast Plenary: The Discriminatory Dollar: Equal Pay in the Workplace Discrimination
based on race, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity can all impact our income. For example, for every dollar a white cisgender man earns,
a Black cisgender woman makes 61 cents – forcing the latter to work 20 months to make the same amount as the former does in just one year. The problem is compounded when the woman or person of color is LGBTQ as well. Twenty-nine
percent of Black transgender women make below $15,000 annually – a poverty rate almost four times greater than the general population. Also, when comparing women of all races to men of all races, women working full
time, year-round typically are paid only 80 cents for every dollar paid to men working full time, year-round. And the wage gap is even worse when looking specifically at varying groups of women of color and as noted, for
trans women. These disparities have serious implications on access to housing, healthcare, employment opportunities and many other basic needs. What can we do to push forward legislation and societal changes to confront
the discrimination of the dollar?
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Breakout Session 3
Breakout Session 3a: LGBTQ on the Border Salon D United States policy towards
migrants is becoming increasingly hostile – with more than 3,000 children separated from their parents on the U.S.-Mexico border and refugees being denied the right to seek asylum. The impact on LGBTQ migrant families and
individuals is notable – as many are fleeing countries where it remains dangerous to live as an out LGBTQ person. As allies in governments and civil society groups work to draw attention to this growing humanitarian crisis,
LGBTQ elected officials are also stepping up. In this session, panelists will discuss local responses and explore a broad range of issues related to family separation and asylum policies.
Breakout Session 3b: At the Forefront: The Role of Diverse Leaders in Advancing Social Justice Salon E People
of color, transgender people and gender non-conforming people played leading roles in the Stonewall Uprising 50 years ago, and their presence in other social justice movements has been equally critical. Join the 2019 class
of Victory Empowerment Fellows for an interactive discussion on how various social justice movements thrived because of its diverse activists – and how to ensure people of color, transgender people and gender non-conforming
people are included in your organizing and advocacy strategies.
Breakout Session 3c: God and Politics: Fundamentalists on the March Salon F From attempts to reverse Roe. v. Wade in the U.S. and ban abortion in Poland, to attacks to the peace process in Colombia for its gender equity clauses, to the latest attempts to limit the Inter-American Human Rights System, the Christian conservative movement
permeates politics. Well-funded and internationally connected organizations such as the Alliance Defending Freedom and CitizenGo bring resources and mobilizing expertise to religious conservative organizations across the
globe. Together with a successful political participation strategy, these groups are threatening and reversing the freedom and rights of women, LGBTQ people, religious minorities and other underserved populations. This
panel will provide attendees with a global perspective on how this movement operates, hearing first-hand accounts of leaders from several countries.
12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Lunch Plenary: Real Talk: Communities of Color in America Grand Ballroom Communities
of color continue to be underrepresented and disenfranchised – including within the LGBTQ community. In 2019, nearly 20 Black trans women have been killed. Nationally, LGBTQ people of color have lower incomes and poorer
health outcomes than white LGBTQ people. With these disparities as a starting place, the plenary panelists will discuss the critical issues facing communities of color and share the policy and advocacy solutions to address
2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Breakout Session 4
Breakout Session 4a: Plastic Everywhere: Polluting Our Oceans and Coastlines Salon D Every year, almost nine million tons of plastic
end up in the world’s oceans and on its coastlines. This pollution has impacts on wildlife, food and water sources, and the amount of carbon emissions entering the atmosphere. The crisis is so enormous in scope that a proper
response can seem overwhelming, but there are a growing number of potential solutions. Learn from policy makers and advocates about how to cut back plastic pollution and save our oceans.
Breakout Session 4b: The War on Trans Americans Salon E The
trans community has been a favorite target of the federal government since the current presidential administration took office. From a ban on trans military members to attacks on trans healthcare to subverting workplace
protections, a war on trans Americans is being waged. Hear from elected officials and advocates about the federal government’s latest attacks on trans people – including quieter federal efforts to subvert trans equality
– and what we can do to fight back.
Breakout Session 4c: Reclaiming Our History: Stonewall at 50 Salon F As we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising
this year, many for the first time learned about the whitewashing of this critical moment in LGBTQ history. LGBTQ people of color, transgender people and gender non-conforming people led the effort to fight back against
police harassment and brutality, becoming the founders of the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement. Join AARP and out leaders for a conversation about the Stonewall Uprising and the role it played in shaping their activism.
The conversation will also be shared as an AARP podcast.