The “6th LGBTI Political Leaders Conference of the Americas and the Caribbean” will be held in Mexico City from July 20 – 22, 2023.
DEMOCRACY DEMANDS EQUALITY
The 2023 LGBTI Political Leaders Conference of the Americas is the largest event that brings together out LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer) leaders, public servants, and allies.
Since 2014, over 1,350 LGBTIQ+ leaders from more than 40 countries – across the Americas – have attended our Conferences and used the tools and skills acquired during the
Conference to lead nonprofit organizations, become dedicated public servants, and bring about change in their communities.
Participants from all over the Americas and the Caribbean will arrive at the sixth edition of our Conference in Mexico City to share ideas, exchange best practices, and lay the foundations for advancing equality in their countries of origin.
Past Conferences were held in Peru, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, we had more than 480 LGBTI leaders from the Americas, including 43 elected officials from more than 40 countries, including Erika Hilton, State Deputy, Brazil; Julian Bedoya, Mayor of Toro City, Colombia; Fernando Us, Human Rights Defender, Guatemala; Tamara Adrián, National Assemblyman, Venezuela and Leslie Herod, State Representative of Colorado, United States.
The main objective of the Conference is to provide a space for dialogue, capacity building and exchanging experiences between out LGBTI leaders, public servants, and allies in the field of public and political participation, as a tool to advance towards equality.
The specific objectives are as follows:
Identify the advances and best practices in the processes of public and political participation of LGBTI people.
Highlighting the role of LGBTI leaders in building a more inclusive and equal society for all.
Acquire ideas to promote dialogue with government institutions.
Strengthen work with allies in institutions, civil society, and the business community.
The conference will center voices and experiences from across the Americas, with a special focus on the Andean, Central American and Caribbean regions.
Corporación Caribe Afirmativo (Colombia), LGBTQ Victory Institute (USA), Yaaj: Transformando tu vida A.C. (Mexico), Diversidad Dominicana (Dominican Republic), PROMSEX (Peru), and SOMOS CDC (Honduras).
Location and Date
Mexico City, from Thursday 20 to Saturday 22, July 2023
Conference participants include:
- Out LGBTI+ elected and government officials from across the region.
- LGBTI+ leaders from civil society organizations.
- Allies in elected office and public service roles.
- Corporations that support diversity and inclusion efforts.
The first day of the Conference will be dedicated to public participation in Mexico with leaders from across the country. The next two days will be dedicated to topics of regional interest with participants from all over Latin America and the Caribbean.
The activities of the conference will be structured around three axes:
- LGBTI leadership.
- Challenges of democracy.
- Leadership tools.
Each axis will be featured throughout plenary sessions, round tables, and workshops.