Simultaneous translation provided.

Date and TimeTitle and Description
Thursday, October 21st, 2021
4:00 PM CDMXWelcome
4:20 PM CDMXPlenary:

Addressing the Disparate Impacts of COVID-19: Past, Present and Future Organizing
6:00 PM CDMXNetworking
Friday, October 22nd, 2021
9:00 AM CDMXWelcome
9:10 AM CDMXlenaria:

The Year of Change: Latin America Edition
11:00 AM CDMXVideo Presentation – Advocacy in Action
11:25 AM CDMXThere is no democracy without safety: Discussing strategies for combatting political violence
The Full and Equal Participation of Trans People in the Democratic Process
1:30 PM CDMXWorkshop – Coming soon
Saturday, October 23rd, 2021
In collaboration with the Office of the Mayor of Bogotá
9:00 AM CDMXWelcome
9:10 AM CDMXShort video presentation – former trainees from around the world.
9:20 AM CDMXPlenary:

Key takeaways from local government responses to COVID-19
11:00 AM CDMXWorkshop: Best Practices for Creating LGBTI Inclusive Policies
Workshop 2 – Coming soon
Workshop 3 – Coming soon
Workshop 4 – Coming soon
12:30 PM CDMXOne on one with Bogotá Mayor – Claudia López
12:55 PM CDMXClosing Plenary

Democracy Demands Equality

Equality is the essence of democracy. When countries stop working towards attaining this goal the fabric of society begins to fall apart, confidence in institutions plummet and authoritarian movements grow. This plenary session hopes to address the notions and foundations of democracy and equality and the importance of the intersection between them.



John Petter Opdhal, Norwegian Ambassador


Wilson Castañeda
Director, Caribe Afirmativo, Colombia

Gabriela Adrianzen

CLACAI Executive Secretary Consultant, PROMSEX, Peru

Alex Sorto

Director, Somos, Honduras

Rossana Marzan

Director, Diversidad Dominicana, Dominican Republic

Mayor Parker

President, LGBTQ Victory Institute, United States of America

Diana Rodriguez

Defensoria del Pueblo, Colombia

Antonio Hernández Llamas

Director, IDPAC, Colombia

Juan Carlos Soler 

Viceministro para la Participación e Igualdad de Derechos, Colombia

Sandra Mora

DDHH Director of the Police, Colombia

Juan Carlos Solera

Vice Minister for Participation and Equality of Rights, Ministerio del Interior, Colombia

Right to live a full life: economic and social rights for trans communities

The trans community has fought for decades for the acknowledgement of their rights and are not satisfied with the simple acceptance of their existence. Uruguay has taken the lead in advancing trans rights in the Americas with legislation that assures access to basic rights such as health, education, employment and housing. This session will look at the strategy to secure these advances and the steps that other countries are taking in that direction.


Dominique St-Vil,, OTRHA, Haiti 


Said López

National Coordinator, SOMOSTRANS, Honduras


Yren Rotela

Activist and Human Rights Defender, Paraguay


Brianna Titone

State Representative, Colorado General Assembly, United States of America


Fedrico Graña Viñoly

National Director of Sociocultural Promotion, Ministry of Social Development of Uruguay, Uruguay

Rainbow over the storm: taking back Brazil’s democracy

The election of Jair Bolsonaro to the Presidency of Brazil is the result of an extremely successful political participation strategy by the intolerant religious movements. Through an attempt to find a common enemy and construct a sexist, racist, and homophobic discourse, the President has been able to distract the country away from the real problems facing Brazil, such as growing inequality, economic crisis, and political corruption. Opposing this intolerance wave, a new generation of women, Afro-descendants, and LGBTI people has risen deciding to take back democracy and its institutions. Join the newly LGBTI elected officials from Brazil while the discuss strategies to counter Bolsonaro’s hate politics.



Javier Ciurliza, Ford Fundation



Katia Cunha 
Pernambuco State Legislator, Pernambuco Legislative Assembly, Brazil


Fabiano Contarato
Senator, Senate, Brazil


Fabio Felix Silveira

State Deputy, Brazil

LBTQ women in Parliament: leading the change in the Americas

Political participation of women across the Americas is growing. In these moments, we have a record number of LBTQ women in parliament from countries such as Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico. These representatives from various backgrounds and countries across the continent will address their role in democracies and the opportunity they have to work to reach equality.


Rosanna Marzán, Executive Director, Diversidad Dominicana, Dominican Republic


Estefanía Cortes-Vargas

Congresswoman, Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Canada


Erika Hilton

State Legislator, Legislative Assembly of Sao Paulo, Brazil


Diane Rodríguez 

National Assembly Member, National Assembly, Ecuador 


Renitta Shannon

Representative to the House, House of Representatives of Georgia, United States

Working with allied politicians in the Caribbean

Countries in the Caribbean are taking steps towards the equality of LGBTI persons. However, high stigma and absence of elected LGBTI officials forces the LGBTI movement to create alliances and trusting relationships with allies within governments and parliaments. This panel will convene elected officials who are allies who will lend their perspective about the ways and possibilities to advance equality in the Caribbean and how the LGBTI movement can help their work.



Mónica Bothner,  Project Officer, FRI, Norway 


Roosvelt Augustin

Serovie, Haiti


Aziza Lake

Senator, Senate of Antigua and Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda


Gloria Reyes

Congresswoman, House of Representatives, Dominican Republic


Valerie Woods

Senator, Senate of Belize, Belize

Countering the wave of religious conservatism in the Americas

Conservative religious movements have had a successful strategy of social mobilization and access to democratic institutions during the last decade in response to the advancement of rights for women and LGBTI persons. With a common set of goals, campaigns such as “Don’t Mess with My Kids” and “March for Life” have impacted policy and stalled advancements towards equality for women and LGBTI persons. This panel of experts and elected officials will discuss the short- and long-term strategies to counteract the political influence of these conservative movements.



Elber Gutiérrez, Newspaper El Espectador


José Manuel Morán

Researcher, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina


Gabriela Adrianzen

CLACAI Executive Secretary Consultant, PROMSEX, Peru


Nicolas Panotto
Director, Multidisciplinary Studies Group on Religion and Public Advocacy, Chile

Corporate as allies in the fight for equality

Various international studies have confirmed that discrimination against LGBTI persons results in an economic loss for countries and companies. Driven by individual interests to increase innovation and productivity, and responding to the request of shareholders and staff, corporations increasingly have a more active role in favor of diversity and inclusion. Individuals from various corporations will discuss the public and private role of companies in favor of equality and potential areas of collaboration with civil society.



Felipe Cárdenas, Cámara de Comercio LGBT de Colombia


Mauricio Toro

Representante a la Cámara, Cámara de Representantes, Colombia


Lars Henriksen

President, Copenhagen Pride, Denmark


Soraya Serrano

Banco ProCredit Colombia, Colombia


Felipe Cárdenas

Cámara de Comerciantes LGBT de Colombia, Colombia

LGBTI indigenous people in politics

More and more indigenous LGBTI leaders across the continent are embracing their multiple identities with pride and working towards the recognition of the specific needs of their communities. Simultaneously, various First Nations have legally protected LGBTI persons within their communities. Indigenous and LGBTI leadership in various countries will discuss the challenges that indigenous communities face across the continent and the advances in acceptance of the LGBTI community among their own.



Jenny Petrow, Interamerican Foundation


Zumak Sacha Flores Andy

National Technical Director of Electoral Actions Abroad, National Electoral Council of Ecuador, Ecuador


Fernando Us
Activist and Human Rights Defender, Guatemala


Andrés Cancimance
Candidate for Governor of Putumayo, Colombia

LGBTI-friendly cities

Local governments and institutions have the closest impact on the daily lives of citizens. Using their legislative and executive capabilities, cities have pioneered the protection and inclusion of the LGBTI community. With the upcoming tenth anniversary of the implementation of LGBTI strategic initiatives in the city of Bogota, mayors from throughout the continent will share their experiences in creating welcoming cities for LGBTI persons.



Guina Romero, Red Latinoaméricana de la Democracia


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

¡Write us!

Do you have any questions or concerns?

Do not hesitate to write us, we will respond as soon as possible