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
Adinolfi, Member of the European Parliament, Italy Knut Dethlefsen, Representative to the U.S. and Canada, FES James Kirchick, Visiting Fellow - Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution Jose Santoro,
LGBTI Adviser, The Party of European Socialists, Spain Hannah Winnick, Program Director, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Washington, DC
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. Democracy & Internet: U.S. and Beyond
Speakers: Pablo Aguilera, Development Manager, R3D : Red en defensa de los derechos digitales Naomi Fontanos,
Executive Director, Gender and Development Advocates (GANDA), Philippines Chanelle Hardy, Strategic Outreach & Senior Partnerships Counsel, Google Peter Micek, General Counsel, Access Now
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.
1:30 pm – 3 pm From Frustration to Action: Taking Back Brazil Through the 2020 Local Elections
De Lima, Deputy, Legislative Assembly of Pernambuco Fabio Felix, Deputy, Legislative Chamber of the Federal District, Brazil Michael Lavers, International News Editor, Washington
Blade Miguel Mesquita, Human Rights Specialist, IACHR, OAS Beatriz Pedreira, Co-founder, Update Institute, Brazil Edgar Souza, Mayor of Lins
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.
p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Breaking Venezuela’s Stalemate: What’s Next? Co-Hosted by Atlantic Council
Speakers: Tamara Adrían, Deputy, National Assembly of Venezuela Michael
Curtis, Deputy Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union Brian Fincheltub, Secretary and Director of Consular Affairs, Embassy of Venezuela Beatriz Gabriela Rodriguez, Founder and Board
Chair, Amazona Foundation
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 a solution.
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Pre-Conference Welcome Reception Sponsored by
The Atlantic Council, Finnish Government, GLIFAA – LGBT+ Pride in Foreign Affairs Agencies, GLOBE LGBT+ Employee Business Resource Group, MillerCoors, Scottish Government, State Farm Insurance and the
Welsh Government The Atlantic Council – 1030 15th St, NW
Wind down after a day of programming as we celebrate LGBTQ progress around the globe. Non-conference attendees can
register for free here.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Pre-Conference Session for Elected Officials (Invitation Only) Sponsored
by State Farm, Moody’s Analytics and Moody’s Investors Service
12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Conference Registration Grand Ballroom Foyer
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Opening Plenary: State of the Race 2020 Grand Ballroom
Alvillar, Fox News Contributor John Blair, Deputy Secretary of State, New Mexico Lucinda Guinn, Executive Director, DCCC Jon Hoadley, State Representative, Michigan Celinda Lake, President,
Lake Research Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator, Vermont
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 pundits and experts on the state of the race and how the candidates for president will impact equality
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Opening Reception Presented by Comcast The Embassy of Canada – 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Speaker: David Cicilline, U.S.
Representative, Rhode Island Co-Chair, Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus
8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Leading in Color Reception Sponsored by AARP, Altria and MillerCoors District Architecture Center – 421 7th St. 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.
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Coffee Networking Grand Ballroom Foyer
a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Breakfast Plenary: Queer and Indigenous: Current Challenges in the Americas Grand Ballroom
Speakers: Lori Campbell, Director of Indigenous
Student Services and lecturer for Indigenous Studies at the University of Waterloo Jorge Andrés Cancimance, Putumayo Assemblymember, Colombia Sharice Davids, U.S. Representative, Kansas Deb
Haaland, U.S. Representative, New Mexico Wendy Helgemo, Attorney, Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP Arlando Teller, State Representative, Arizona
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
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. State of Victory Speech Grand Ballroom Remarks by Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO, Victory Institute
a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Breakout Session 1
Breakout Session 1a: America's Next LGBTQ Delegate Salon D
Speakers: Earl Fowlkes, Chair, LGBTQ
Caucus, Democratic National Committee Rachel Hoff, Member, DC Republican Committee Ted Jackson, LGBTQ Engagement Director, Democratic National Committee Sean Meloy, Senior Political Director,
Victory Fund Jason Rae, Secretary, Democratic National Committee
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: Incarceration in America: Reforming a Broken Criminal Justice System Salon E
Antonio, State Senator, Ohio Mateo de la Torre, Criminal Justice Reform Advocate Malcolm Kenyatta, State Representative, Pennsylvania Maritza Perez Sr. Policy Analyst-Criminal Justice Reform,
CAP Lamont Robinson Jr., State Representative, Illinois
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: A New Tide in Southern Africa Salon F
Hames, Board Chair, Triangle Project, South Africa Michael Lavers, International News Editor, Washington Blade Anna Mmolai Chalmers, CEO; Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) Rikki
Nathanson, Outright Action International Board Member, Zimbabwe Paula Sebastião, Project Coordinator, Arquivo de Identidade Angolano, Angola
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. – 1 p.m. Tammy Balwin Breakthrough Award Presentation Grand Ballroom
1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Lunch Plenary: The Discriminatory Dollar: Equal Pay in the Workplace Grand Ballroom
Butler, State Representative, North Carolina Angie Craig, U.S. Representative, Minnesota Sunu P. Chandy, Legal Director at National Women’s Law Center Deena Fidas, Managing Director, Out &
Equal Workplace Advocates Christine Quinn, Former Speaker of the NYC City Council Victoria Rodríguez-Roldán, Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project Director, National LGBTQ Task Force Mary
Washington, State Senator, Maryland
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?
p.m. – 4 p.m. Breakout Session 2
Breakout Session 2a: A Roof Over Their Head: The Homelessness and Housing Affordability Crisis Salon D
Hansen, Councilmember, City of Sacramento Sydney Kopp-Richardson, Director, National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative, SAGE Christine Quinn, Former Speaker of the NYC City Council Sultan Shakir,
Executive Director, SMYAL Jorge Soto, Director of Public Policy, National Fair Housing Alliance Mary Washington, State Senator, Maryland
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 | Sponsored by PhRMA
Anthony, CEO, Black Gifted and Whole Foundation Brad Hoylman, State Senator, New York Megan Hunt, State Senator, Nebraska Steven Lopez, Director of Health Policy, UnidosUS Carl Schmid, Deputy
Executive Director, The AIDS Institute Jennifer Snow, Director of Public Policy, National Alliance on Mental Illness
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: Where to Next?: Equality's Journey Around the Globe Salon F | Sponsored by Dow
Fernandez, PAKTA Foundation, Ecuador Jennifer Lu, Chief Coordinator, Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan Danilo Manzano, Director, Diálogo Diverso, Ecuador Anna Mmolai-Chalmers, CEO, Lesbians,
Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana Valerie Ploumpis, National Policy Director, Equality California
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. Evening Plenary: The Political Partner: “I Didn’t Sign Up for This” Grand Ballroom
Speakers: Jaime M. Grant, Author and Activist Kathy
Hubbard, Wife of Mayor Annise Parker Ben Masri-Cohen, Husband of Sec. Eric Fanning Jerick Mediavilla, Husband of Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith Matthew Miller, Partner
of Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta
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 Presented
by Facebook and Sponsored by Baker Hughes and Human Rights Campaign Foundation The Living Room – 1008 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
The Women Out to Win event is a "party
with a purpose" where you'll have an opportunity to engage with women leaders who make up 40% of all LGBTQ elected officials serving nationwide. Out women are leading the fight for equality and
justice, so let's come together to celebrate their leadership, service, and most importantly, their voices!
8 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 New U.S. Supreme Court Grand Ballroom
Fowler, Fox News Contributor D’Arcy Kemnitz, Esq., Executive Director, National LGBT Bar Association Diana Flynn, Litigation Director, Lambda Legal Sam Park, State Representative, Georgia Mark
Joseph Stern, Staff Writer, Slate
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.
11 a.m. – 12:30
p.m. Breakout Session 3
Breakout Session 3a: Seeking Safe Haven: LGBTQ lives on the border Salon D
Speakers: Randall Garrison, MP, Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke,
Canada Sharita Gruberg, Director of Policy, LGBT Research and Communications Project, Center for American Progress Leslie Herod, State Representative, Colorado Pramila Jayapal, U.S. Representative,
Washington Tony Navarrete, State Senator, Arizona Erin Thorn Vela, Staff Attorney, Texas Civil Rights Project Paulina Vera, Professor, GW Law Immigration Clinic
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
Speakers: 2019 Victory
Empowerment Fellows Andres Cano, State Representative, Arizona
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
Adrían, Deputy, National Assembly of Venezuela Robert Biedron, Member of European Parliament, Poland Brian Bond, Executive Director, PFLAG Sam Brinton, Head of Advocacy
and Government Affairs, The Trevor Project Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director, DignityUSA Ryan Fecteau, State Representative, Maine Derek Kitchen, State Senator, Utah Sam Park, State
Representative, Georgia Reverend Leslie Watson Wilson, Director of African American Religious Affairs, PFAW
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. – 1 p.m. Presentation of the Congressional Ally Award Grand Ballroom
Representative Pramila Jayapal, Washington
1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Lunch Plenary: For the Culture: Communities of Color in America Grand Ballroom | Sponsored by Pfizer
Castleberry Singleton, VP of Diversity, Partnership Strategy and Engagement, Twitter Daniel Hernandez, State Representative, Arizona Leslie Herod, State Representative, Colorado Willard McCloud,
Global Head of D&I, Pfizer Bamby Salcedo, President & CEO, [email protected] Coalition Pat Spearman, State Senator, Nevada
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 them.
p.m. – 4 p.m. Breakout Session 4
Breakout Session 4a: Plastic Everywhere: Polluting Our Oceans and Coastlines Salon D | Sponsored by Toyota
Cannon, State Representative, Georgia Julian Cyr, State Senator, Massachusetts Jessica Loya, National Policy Director, GreenLatinos Jeff Mauk, Executive Director, NCEL Alex Valdez, State
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
De Richelieu, Civil Rights Activist Mara Kiesling, Executive Director, NCTE Aryah Lester, Deputy Director, The Transgender Strategy Center Michaé Pulido, Policy Coordinator, [email protected]
Coalition Diego Sanchez, Director of Advocacy, Policy, and Partnerships, PFLAG Brianna Titone, State Representative, Colorado
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 | Sponsored by AARP
Jenkins, Councilmember, City of Minneapolis Dr. Nii-Quartelai Quartey, Sr. Advisor & National LGBT Liaison, AARP Danica Roem, Delegate, Virginia Brian Sims, State Representative, Pennsylvania Carlos
Guillermo Smith, State Representative, Florida Tori Taylor, Host, For Future Reference Podcast
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.