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

The conference will have a total duration of 3 days, from July 20 to 22, 2023.

The conference begins with an opening plenary and will be divided into 3 parallel spaces called Summits. On July 21st and 22nd we will have a joint agenda, available to elected officials, activists and public officials; It will be divided into three types of sessions:


Invitation to all the people attending the conference. These sessions will be open to the public and will occur one session at a time.

Panel Sessions

Panel sessions occur concurrently with workshops and are offered three at a time.


Subject to availability. The workshops will be practical and interactive sessions for the development of skills of the people who attend. The translation will be available according to the possibilities offered by the format of each workshop.

[Plenary] Betting on democracies bursting with color

The conditions faced by LGBTIQ+ people in situations of vulnerability throughout the continent have become evident and worsened in recent years with the pandemic, environmental disasters, and attacks on democracy. As a result of these situations, the number of LGBTIQ+ people at risk of falling into food, economic and/or housing insecurity continues to increase. This undeniable reality makes all the more apparent the need to reimagine the fight for democracy as an intersectional fight explicitly against violence, state/police repression, and racism in order to leave no one behind.

Join us in this conversation about the commitments and responsibilities that we must assume as civil society, candidates, elected officials, political parties and as individuals so as not to reproduce exclusive systems and create a shared vision of democracies free of inequality.

Mayor Anisse Parker (United States) | Iván Tagle (México) – Director General de Yaaj México | Jessica Sterm, Oradora (USA) – State Department US, Visión Agenda Internacional | Salma Luévano, Oradora (México) – Diputada Federal México | Genaro Lozano, Moderador (México) | Patria Jimenez, Panelista (México) – Primera Diputada Federal abiertamente lesbiana de México

Summit – Stories of resistance, resilience and collectivity from Mexico: The best practices of our struggle – Access by invitation

In this space, LGBT activists from Mexico will undertake the task of sharing their best practices and experiences that they have used to advance the LGBTIQ+ agenda in the country. Representatives of the most prominent organizations will participate in this exchange to strengthen their perspectives and strategies in promoting and defending the rights of the LGBTIQ+ community from their different trenches. After the exercise, the findings will be made known in a systematic way, through the generation of an instrument that will be socialized with all the people participating in the conference and that will also be launched through social networks as an original and collective publication as a result of this 6th conference of LGBTI Political Leadership of the Americas and the Caribbean.

Summit – Combating Hate Speech

The phenomenon of hate speech and anti-LGBTI rights, although they are one more expression of existing discrimination, are also a reaction of ultra-conservative and anti- rights sectors to the possibility of a social change in favor of the recognition of rights and respect for sexual and gender diversities. What is visible in this type of discourse is particularly dangerous, since it helps to normalize and legitimize discrimination, which worsens the conditions for social coexistence of LGBTI people. This space will provide us with tools to learn about their particularities, the contexts in which they are developed, and the media they use, and will help to better deal with them and reduce their effectiveness.

Summit – Strengthening Space for Elected Officials – Access by invitation

In this space, the openly LGBTQI elected officials of the region who will meet in Mexico City will be able to exchange ideas and experiences in a safe space. Panels and relevant workshops will be included for the development of capacities and performance of people occupying elected public offices.

The focus of the agenda for the 21st is “Contextualizing LGBTI Intersectionality” and covers the following topics in the indicated format.

Wendy Briceño, Panelista (México) | Andrés Cancimance, Panelista (Colombia) | Daiana Santos, Panelista (Brasil) MUJAR LESBICA NEGRA ELECTA DEPUTADA FEDERAL POR EL RIO GRANDE DE SUR  

[Plenary] Political contexts of inequality and intersectionality

The commitment to political participation as an indispensable vehicle of democracy cannot be thought of without the occupation of our identities and experiences in the spaces from which we have been historically excluded. But how to occupy those spaces that are created just to keep us on the sidelines? Join us in this conversation with leaders from different social movements, to explore how the identities that cross us also unite us in front of a common objective: equity. We will analyze how we can collaborate from our realities without falling into tokenism and the trivialization of our identities? And how do we break down together the barriers that seek to make it impossible for us without leaving aside our individualities?

[Plenary] Promoting trans leadership in the creation of participation agendas

The political and civil rights of people with trans life experiences extend beyond the change of the sex/gender component in identity documents to exercise the right to vote. In this conversation with trans and non-binary leaders, we will talk about making barriers and obstacles to trans representation and participation invisible, as well as the need to redistribute power in the creation of agendas that prioritize eliminating the barriers with the greatest impact, such as the lack of right to health, education, decent work, etc.

Grecia O’hara, Moderadora (Honduras) | Galilea Monroy, Panelista (Guatemala) | Santiago Balvin, Panelista (Perú)

[Panel Session] Regional mapping of the status of LGBTQ participation in recent elections

The electoral processes in several of the countries in the region meant complex processes of polarization and fragmentation in which the candidacies and the agendas of sexual and gender diversities must try to survive. Recent processes such as those in Colombia, Brazil and the United States show discontent with the political class, but have also allowed more LGBTI people to be elected to political positions, carrying flags of intersectionality and inclusion, but also reflecting alliances with political sectors that even limit the rights of LGBTI people. This table will allow to analyze in a regional mapping, the situation that places the current political participation of LGBTI people, in a complex region like America and the Caribbean.

[Panel Session] Painting colorful routes towards LGBTIQ+ participation

The struggle and activism of different leaders around the world has made a historic difference, since the last year has meant a true revolution for the political and citizen participation of our communities with the largest number of LGBTIQ+ people in spaces of popular representation. This session will allow us to reflect on the advances and strategies used by activists inside and outside electoral institutions and political parties that guarantee greater inclusion in the political process, such as the creation of feminist benches in Brazil, implementation of parity requirements and inclusive gender alternation in Peru. and Colombia, and LGBTIQ+ quotas in Mexico.

[Panel Session] Trans innovations to transform vulnerabilities into political power

When transgender people run for office, they face a number of specific challenges that begin during the campaign and don’t end when they are elected.In addition to the common challenges of any political campaign, trans people have to fight against the transphobia that comes with a lack of education, demonstrate that they are really capable of occupying spaces of power and decision-making, deal with physical and psychological violence, combat fake news and dialogue with parliamentarians who deny its very existence. Even with so many obstacles, with each election, more trans people win their campaigns, are elected to elected office, and develop innovations that propose a new way of doing politics.

In this conversation we will learn about electoral success trajectories that redefined what is trans, transforming what was prejudice into political power, in addition to discussing the different political marketing strategies used to develop trans-centered mandates and with intersectional agendas.

[Panel Session] Protecting the trans vote in Latin America and the Caribbean

People with trans life experiences have historically faced different forms of political violence, especially since many of the American States do not know their gender identity, affecting the exercise of their electoral rights. Collectives and trans organizations have documented these experiences through electoral observatories and these efforts have led to the creation of protocols for the trans vote in Mexico, Peru and Colombia.

The Trans Vote Observatory in Latin America and the Caribbean invites you to a conversation about observation experiences and strategies, protocol creation processes, and next steps in the creation of a regional strategy that guarantees the right to vote for trans and non-binary people.

The Trans Vote Observatory is a collaborative and plural initiative of independent organizations that collects, processes and disseminates updated information related to the monitoring and promotion of political and electoral rights of Trans people in Latin America and the Caribbean, welcoming good practices for the full exercise of those rights.

[Panel session] Regional cooperation based on the experience of the Mérida declaration – Access by invitation

The Mérida Declaration was approved within the framework of the LGBTI International Cooperation Congress developed by the Triangulo Foundation and the Extremeña Cooperation Agency in 2017, in Extremadura, Spain. To this day, it has been supported by multiple institutions and regional governments and the state government itself in our country.

Promotes the involvement of agencies and institutions in the inclusion of LGBTI diversity in their international cooperation plans, based on the commitment to the recognition of the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals and intersex as human rights, as well as reporting to those countries that continue to criminalize these populations, urging the repeal of all regulations in this regard, with special emphasis on death sentences and imprisonment, and the prohibition of the right of association of LGBTI people.

Currently, almost 80 countries consider it illegal even to be transsexual or to love a person of the same sex, punishing it too much even with the death penalty.

The Declaration of Mérida is and must be an instrument of political, institutional and social incidence, and from Fundación Triángulo we want to promote its dissemination, support and development in this sense, beyond our country, as well as use it to promote the development of new ways of action and international cooperation that allow us to advance in those countries where development cooperation has difficult access due to the legal and political hostility that still persists in them towards sexual and gender diversity.

[Workshop] Trans Leadership Congress: Towards a Transformative Network

Trans leaders from the region gather in this inaugural Congress to map the valuable knowledge acquired throughout decades of political activism, with the aim of strengthening networks that drive our agendas. Through interactive exercises, we will discuss our collective expectations to empower trans leadership within the LGBTQI+ political movement.

The Congress concludes with the Trans Leadership Lunch, where we will pause to reflect on the emerging issues and challenges present in our own communities. This space provides us with the opportunity to recognize and address the issues that we must confront, with the goal of strengthening the paths that unite us.

The inaugural Trans Leadership Congress and Trans Leadership Lunch were conceived and organized by trans individuals with lived experiences from Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Peru, United States, and Chile. This space is exclusively intended for individuals with trans experiences.

[Workshop] Applying concepts of LGBTI intersectionality

An intersectional look allows us to resist the oppression of exclusion systems and develop tools to confront them, as it helps us understand and analyze the multiple forms of discrimination and their struggles to combat them. This workshop will allow us to apply an analysis under an intersectional look of our agendas, initiatives and projects; which will allow us to strengthen ourselves as leaders. This space will allow the exchange of good practices using as an example the development of historical memory projects that rescue our struggles from a transversal perspective and an intersectional perspective.

The focus of the last day of the conference, July 22, is “Transforming Political Participation from LGBTI Perspectives.” We will close the conference with the following topics in the indicated format

[Plenary] Anticipating what awaits us in the next 2 years

Managing change to guarantee the human rights of our community requires serious discussions that allow us to reflect on the advances, challenges and problems that we face in all our diversity. The last few years have represented new and persistent challenges for democracy and LGBTI people in the Americas and the world.

This conference, which allows international leaders to gather, gives us the opportunity to generate a mapping and memory of what has been lived and the possibility of anticipating a specific response to the challenges that are visualized in the coming years. In this session we will hear directly from leaders throughout the region about the issues that impact them such as new pandemics, access to and supply of medicines, security, migration, and movements that seek to undermine our rights.

Andrés Treviño, Panelista (México) | Jeniffer Mella Escobar, Panelista (Chile)

[Plenary] How LGBTI Participation Transforms Politics

Eighty years ago, inclusive political participation processes cried out: without black people this democracy is racist; Sixty years ago, it was promulgated in the streets: democracy without women is incomplete and today, in this crisis of representation, in the face of the collapse of the political class and the fatigue caused by clientelism and corruption that have thrown democracy into disarray, she shouts: we must change the way of doing politics, with new actors and among them, LGBTIQ+ people and especially women and those with experience of trans life. Without LGBTIQ+ people in spaces of power, we will not be able to have the just society that we demand. Reaching the world we envision is within our power as a collective. In this conversation we explore 4 stages that have marked great advances in the LGBTIQ+ movement and about what is required of us to be able to continue transforming politics into a space of us for us/that represents us.

Willson Castañeda, Moderadore (Colombia)

[Panel session] Demonstration as an agent of political transformation

Various demonstrations and protests have taken place around the world, making visible the problems that cross us and advancing an agenda of civil and political rights for decades, however; The arrival of the pandemic represented a challenge and a paradigm shift to think about other forms of protest that allow managing social change. This panel will allow a conversation to exchange good practices and reflect on the challenges of the demonstration as a form of social transformation and politics.

[Panel session] Political violence as a coordinated strategy against LGBTIQ leadership

Countries like Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Honduras have the highest rates of violence against LGBTIQ+ people, where in recent years hate speech that promotes racism, misogyny, and cements structural discrimination has been positioned. Political dynamics have not been the exception, since political violence has been generated by the promotion of a coordinated attack against LGBTIQ+ candidacies. Join this panel, where we will discuss strategies to deal with and prevent political violence.

[Workshop] From Candidate to Elected Office – Lessons Learned

This workshop offers a space that seeks to share various experiences and the different realities of those who participate in processes for popularly elected positions as openly LGBTIQ+ people. It will be a space for capacity building on those aspects that are not taught in politics but that allows the acquisition of knowledge of which we are exposed.

The socialization of experiences of LGBTQ+ leaders who have been successful in the exercise of political participation will be carried out and two important strategies are recognized:

1) work with issues of interest to all citizens and 2) coordination with other population groups that share experiences of discrimination or exclusion.

[Workshop] Public Spokesperson for LGBTI Political Leadership

Knowing how to communicate who we are, why we are called to serve, and what we stand for are the foundation of any political campaign and, in turn, present a major challenge for openly LGBTIQ+ people who want to run. In this workshop, experts will share an analysis of innovative campaigns, key insights and campaign communication strategies for openly LGBTIQ+ candidates.

[Workshop] Political Innovation and Public Innovation

Brazil is one of the pioneering countries in the region in innovation with innovative exercises of Political innovation such as that of women who, without any political background, consolidated their own political movement -as muitas-, achieving formal participation in the political space of Brazil. Like this one, there are many exercises that have been carried out in Latin America and the Caribbean with reference to the new ways of doing politics. In the same way, from the institutional framework, efforts have been made to optimize and improve public processes and the strengthening of the social agenda, so that public innovation will also be part of this space.

[Workshop] Creating Political Campaigns

Designed for prospective LGBTIQ+ candidates and campaign managers, this workshop will provide participants with the essentials for strategizing and planning a political campaign. Participants will learn how to design candidacy profiles, identify target audiences, the campaign phases and how to form a campaign team. LGBTIQ+ elected officials from the region will be present to share experiences, strategies and best practices used throughout the region.

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