Thursday, October 21st, 2021

The conference will be available in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

4:00 PM Central TimeWelcome
4:20 PM Central TimePLENARY: Disparate Impacts of COVID-19 – Organizing within Communities and Looking to the Future

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6:00 PM Central TimeNetworking
Friday, October 22nd, 2021

The conference will be available in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

9:00 AM Central TimeWelcome
9:10 AM Central TimePLENARY: The year of change – Latin America Edition

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11:00 AM Central TimeVideo Presentation – Advocacy in Action
11:25 AM Central TimeDemocracy without safety – Discussing strategies for combatting political violence

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The Full and Equal Participation of Trans People in the Democratic Process
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1:30 PM Central TimeWorkshop: Political advocacy as a form of participation for the defense of human rights
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Saturday, October 23rd, 2021
In collaboration with the Office of the Mayor of Bogotá

The conference will be available in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

9:00 AM Central TimeWelcome
9:10 AM Central TimeShort video presentation – former trainees from around the world.
9:20 AM Central TimePlenary: Lessons learned from local governments during the COVID 19 pandemic

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11:00 AM Central TimeWorkshop – Best Practices for Creating LGBTI Inclusive Policies

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Developing a diagnostic tool for Political Parties on LGBTI matters

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Visibility strategy, public speaking and political communication

(Only available in Spanish)
Preventive security against harassment and violation of human rights

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12:55 PM Central TimePLENARY: Reenvisioning democracy to safeguard equality

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PLENARY: Disparate Impacts of COVID-19 - Organizing within Communities and Looking to the Future

“We are all in the same ocean, but not on the same boat.” Though the public message to many was that the pandemic affected all people indiscriminately, the reality is COVID-19 increased and made more apparent the inequalities already present for vulnerable groups. During this plenary, we will discuss the resistance efforts and solidarity movements created in response to the pandemic and discuss how to build a unified front that can prevent those most at risk from bearing the brunt of future crises.

We will highlight how the best practices and lessons that community leaders learned from the HIV/AIDS epidemic were diploid and adapted to the mutual aid and response work for COVID-19, and how these organizing efforts cultivated solidarity networks engaging in social actions and in politics.


Alícia Krüger
Dr (PharmD), Brazil

Franco Fuica

Profesor, Chile

Kenita Placide

Executive Directive, Saint Lucia

Salma Luevano Luna


PLENARY: The year of change - Latin America Edition

In the last year, social movements and upheaval have shaken the core of Latin America and the world. La Marea Verde (Green Tide) in Argentina, El Grito Social (Social Outcry) in Chile and La Marea Morada (Purple Tide) in Mexico — along with the reemergence of social unrest in Colombia and Brazil and the fight against police brutality in the U.S. — have inspired millions of people around the world to participate in protests and collective actions. Public demonstration has become a legitimate method for promoting resistance efforts, building public agendas, and reaching consensus to counter the failings that occur when democracy is abused. In this plenary, we will share the lessons that these social movements have taught us regarding the fight against femicide, organized movements for constitutional changes and reproductive justice, combating police brutality, and how we can continue to strive for liberation that’s intersectional.


Jeniffer Mella Escobar
Lawyer, Chile

Lol Kin Castañeda Badillo

M Género y Derecho. Políticas Públicas contra la desigualdad, Mexico

Luis Carlos Leal Angarita

Médico, Colombia

Victor Madrigal-Borloz

UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Costa Rica

Democracy without safety - Discussing strategies for combatting political violence

Violence is the largest obstacle to political participation for LGBTQ people around the globe. Reducing that violence can open pathways for political participation and can be the start of addressing systemic prejudice and inequities for marginalized people within democratic systems. In this session, panelists will share their experience with political violence and how they build networks of solidarity and safety. For many people, political participation is not an option, but a necessity. As such, we will use this space to discuss best practices in the fight for safe and equal political participation.


Alberto de Belaunde

Master, Perú

Alejandra Menjívar Guadrón

Internacionalista, El Salvador

Javier Estrada Tobar

Licenciado, Guatemala

Robeyoncé Lima

Local congresswoman, Brasil

The Full and Equal Participation of Trans People in the Democratic Process

México, Perú and Colombia have established protocols meant to ensure transgender people have equal access to the polls and other electoral processes. This includes seeking trans perspectives regarding security measures and establishing requirements for political parties to increase transgender participation within their ranks. During this session, panelists will share their experiences and the context for securing these protocols and explain the role activists and institutions played in the process. The panelists will also discuss what comes after the protocol, and what is needed to truly guarantee the participation of trans people in politics.


Luisa Rebeca Garza Lopez

Maestra, Mexico

Marlon David Pabón Castro

Abogado, Colombia

Tomás Javier Anzola Rodríguez

Coordinador de Incidencia Política del GAAT, Colombia

Workshop 101: Political advocacy as a form of participation for the defense of human rights

(Only available in Spanish)

In the last decade, Latin America and the Caribbean has witnessed important advances regarding the rights of LGTBI people, however the response of opposition groups and the pandemic have slowed down these advances and have even generated setbacks. Faced with this scenario, it becomes more relevant than ever that we join with other stakeholders in the fight for equality and that we act in an organized, articulated and effective manner.

For this, the workshop “Political advocacy as a form of participation for the defense of human rights”, aims to provide knowledge and work tools that allow the development of effective planning practices and the definition of advocacy strategies that allow taking advantage of the different mechanisms of advocacy. democratic participation.


Pilar Rojas Salas

Magister en Políticas Públicas Comparadas, Perú

Plenary: Lessons learned from local governments during the COVID 19 pandemic

In most countries, local governments played a pivotal role in responding to the political and urban challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Their role is often twofold: acting as implementing vehicles for measures established at the national level, but also creating comprehensive and innovative local solutions that are tailored to residents. In this session, panelists will exchange international and regional experiences and learn about governance and democracy during the pandemic from local government leaders. They will highlight best practices local governments implemented to address disparities for LGBTI people regarding access to health services (medicines, care and services related to HIV), housing, employment, income, human mobility conditions, lack of legal recognition of their gender identity, among other issues.


Cássio Rodrigo de Oliveira Silva

Coordinador de Políticas Públicas LGBTI de São Paulo, Brasil

David Alonzo

Director de Diversidad en la Alcaldía Mayor de Bogotá, Colombia

Ivan Chanis Barahona

Lawyer, Panamá

María Rachid

Professor, Argentina

Michelle Vargas Lobo

Estudiante de Licenciatura en Enfermería, Argentina

Sergio Miranda

Director de la Secretaría de Diversidad de la Intendencia de Montevideo, Uruguay

Workshop 101 - Best Practices for Creating LGBTI Inclusive Policies

(Only available in Spanish)

Citizen participation in the policy-making process is critical to ensuring the needs and concerns of society are properly addressed. Leaders of this workshop will use LGBTI-inclusive policies in Bogota as an example of how best to engage civil society and government for positive change.

Lessons learned from the different phases of the LGBTI public policy of Bogotá will be shared to serve as a guide for the creation of other policies. Likewise, strategic elements will be provided and serve both members of civil society and members of government agencies to influence agenda setting and the formulation of policy. Lastly, we will take a look at the strengths and challenges of creating LGBTIQ inclusive public policies.


Teams of the Directorates of Sexual Diversity and Sector Policies of the District Planning Secretariat

Equipo profesional interdisciplinario, Colombia

PLENARY: Reenvisioning democracy to safeguard equality

The last few years brought tremendous challenges, old and new, for the LGBTI movement in the Americas and around the world. During this plenary – as a closing conversation to three days of powerful, honest, and vulnerable exchanges with prominent LGBTI leaders – we will discuss how to redefine and adapt our journey towards liberation through democracy building in the current socio-political context of the continent.

LGBTI communities continue to endure overwhelming violence, coordinated and well-resourced attacks from anti-LGBTI rights groups, and discrimination and hate speech at every turn. Panelists will discuss these tools for repression and efforts to erode rights and protections for LGBTI people in Latin America. They will discuss the current political landscape and help LGBTI leaders redefine and recommit to a more comprehensive version of democracy — one where we truly demand equality.


Andrea Jenkins

City Council Vice President, United States

Enrique Torre Molina

Activista y consultor de comunidad LGBTQ+, Mexico

Esteban Paulon

Licenciado, Argentina

Ludwika Vega Espinoza

Lic. Mercadotecnia, Nicaragua

Developing a diagnostic tool for Political Parties on LGBTI matters

Are you a member of a political party and you would like to increase the number of LGBTI members? Are you part of a NGO and you would like to support political parties to open up for more LGBTI people’s participation? This workshop would provide a step-by-step description on how to assess LGBTI participation in political parties, using a soon-to-be published guide drafted by Victory Institute and the National Democratic Institute.


Julie Lemieux

Major, City of Très-Saint-Rédempteur, Canada


Juan Carlos Prieto

Sexual Diversity Director, Mayor of Bogota, Colombia


Cristopher Cabaldon

Mayor, City of West Sacramento, United States of America


Rênya Medeiros
Mayor, City of Passira, Brazil


Julián Bedoya
Mayor, City of Toro, Colombia

Queer, black, and proud: making institutions listen

From Brazil, the United States, and Colombia, Afro-decedents across the Americas are reclaiming respect and social and economic equality in more concrete and meaningful ways. Many newly elected officials are of Afro-decent as well as openly LGBTI which increases the strength of the fight for greater equality among both communities. Elected officials of color who also identify as openly LGBTI from across the continent will discuss the struggles within both communities and the strength of political representation as a tool to achieve equality.



Mónica Bothner,  Project Officer, FRI, Norway 


Leslie Herod

State Representative, Colorado General Assembly, United States of America


Tatiana Rentería 

Vocal, Parish Council of Borbon, Ecuador


Narciso Torres

Organization CNOA, Colombia

Health as a right and its inclusion in the agenda of LGBTI organizations

Promoting the inclusion of the Right to Health is a priority on the agenda of LGBTI organizations and sub-national governments. During the session the Right to Health and Universal Health Coverage in the LGBTI population will be addressed through successful experiences of organizations working with people living with HIV, gender identity and access to health services and paper of local governments in guaranteeing the right to health of the LGBTI population.




Paul Bonilla, The Global Fund


Alfredo Mejía

Plataforma Comunidad, Derechos, y Genero de América Latina y el Caribe, Colombia


Miguel Ángel Barriga

Red Somos, Colombia


Laura Weinstein

GAAT, Colombia


Dayana Hernandez

Candidate and Trans Leader, Costa Rica


Renae Green

Activist, Jamaica


Vivían Cuello

Researcher, Caribe Afirmativo, Colombia


Marcial Ortega

Directorate of Sexual Diversity, Colombia

The democratic crisis in Nicaragua

Fed up with the shortage and lack of freedom, a year ago Nicaraguan citizens took to the streets to protest the reforms that the government of Daniel Ortega was carrying out. A year later and after a brutal repression that has created a great migratory crisis in the neighboring countries, the situation has stagnated and there is no sign of a speedy recovery of democracy in the country. Student and civil society leaders will talk on the panel about strategies to recover democracy.



Grunde Almeland, Parliamentarian of Norway


Víctor Agustín Cuadras

Student Leader, Nicaragua


Ana Quirós 

 Feminist Activist and Human Rights Defender, Nicaragua/Costa Rica


Ludwika Vega Espinoza

President, Asociación Nicaragüense de Personas Transgénero, Nicaragua

The democratic crisis in Venezuela

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has been mired in a political, economic, and social crisis since the beginning of 2013 that has led to a humanitarian crisis at the continental level. The legitimacy of the Venezuelan government is in question and the country has become the setting of a broader global geopolitical struggle. This panel will address the strategies for the recovery of democracy in the country and the conflicts place on the global stage as a greater dispute of power between several world powers.



Francisco Herrero, Instituto Nacional Demócrata  


Tamara Adrián

Member fo the National Assembly, National Assembly of Venezuela, Venezuela


Quiteria Franco 

Director, Unión Afirmativa, Venezuela


Luis Meneses
President, Fundación Venezolana de Apoyo a la Diversidad Sexual, Colombia

Meeting the needs of refugees and migrants in the region

The asylym request, forced displacement and migration for economic reasons are a constant reality in the America. While migration has become a smoke screen to not talk about economic inequality and corruption, migrants continue to suffer economic exclusion, abuse, poverty, and discrimination in their host countries. This panel of experts will address the principal needs of the migrant and refugee populations and the ways in which host countries can implement in a continental context which is growing more polarized due to a nationalistic discourse.



Kenita Placide, OutRight


Juan Archila

Director, Fundación Censurados, Colombia.


Gloria Careaga

Director, Fundación Arcoíris, México


Ricardo Lara

Insurance Commissioner, California Department of Insurance, United States of America


Carlos Romero

Director, Mesa de Diversidad Sexual, Guatemala

Working with allied politicians in Central America

Despite some advances in the field of public policies, LGBTI persons still do not enjoy legal equality in Central America. Therefore, alliances between political entities and the LGTBI movement that work both in the creation of policies and laws that guarantee the rights of LGBTI people, and in the implementation of existing policies are necessary. Allied political figures will talk about the usefulness of these alliances and the most favorable strategies to move towards equality.



Diego Nardi, ACNUR


Cinthia Bonilla
Genre and International Cooperation Technical Specialist, Presidency, Honduras


Iván Chanis

President, Fundación Iguales, Panamá

Josué Godoy

Congressman, Legislative Assembly of El Salvador

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