LGBTI people continue to face exclusion and violence in the region. The participation of LGBTI people in democratic processes has been very limited and has lacked a planned strategy.

Our organizations believe that the presence of out LGBTI+ people in State institutions changes the perspective of legislators, educates society, facilitates the construction of alliances with State authorities and allows the approval of measures to achieve equality.

This is the 6th edition of a conference that was previously held in 2014 in Lima (Peru); in 2015 in Tegucigalpa (Honduras); in 2017 in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic); in 2019 in Bogotá (Colombia), with more than 480 LGBTI leaders from across the continent, including 43 elected and government officials from more than 40 countries; and in 2021 in a virtual format, with more than a thousand registered political leaders of the region.

Due to the increase in threats of setbacks in the region, this conference will become the main stage for regional analysis on hate speech and setbacks in rights.
See previous meetings.

Featured speakers included including Erica Hilton, State Representative, Brazil; Julian Bedoya, Mayor of the City of Toro, Colombia; Fernando Us, Human Rights Defender, Guatemala; Tamra Adrián, National Assemblywoman, Venezuela; and Leslie Herod, State Representative from Colorado, United States.

Why Mexico?  

Past Conferences were held in Peru, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

In recent years and despite being in a complex context with security issues, Mexico has promoted a regional commitment on human rights, advanced agendas based on the rights of LGBTI + people and the country’s civil society movement and strength have generated actions of social transformation.  

It is a key and strategic country as it is a bridge between North America and Latin America to promote political and citizen participation in public spaces and decision-making of historically marginalized communities.  

As a host country for the first in-person conference since the pandemic, Mexico will be the site for the first major convening of LGBTQ political leaders, becoming the main stage for regional analysis on hate speech and setbacks in LGBTQ rights.  

Mexico City (CDMX), in all its multifaceted vibrance, is the political, economic and cultural center of the Mexican Republic, and has been selected to host the most important international event that brings together out LGBTQ leaders, public servants and allies. These conversations will happen within the context of a country that ran over 200 out LGBTQ candidates in the previous elections, and will be held from Thursday, July 20 to Saturday, July 22 2023. 

CDMX keeps, among its streets and long avenues, the secrets and events that have shaped the LGBTQ struggle of the nation and the region. This is an invaluable opportunity to walk through its historic center and discover the traces of what was once the great Aztec empire, or to admire the Angel of Independence on the Paseo de la Reforma and recharge your batteries in one of the restaurants, bars or LGBTI+ cultural centers of the Zona Rosa.  

We will offer lodging options for our Conference in the coming months. The area where we will celebrate this Conference includes a great variety of museums, theaters, cultural and entertainment centers, as well as galleries. Exploring Mexico City, its activism, social movements, and its people is an experience you will never forget. 

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