Elected Officials Advancing Hemispheric Priorities Through Inclusion and Diversity


In anticipation of the annual 2018 LGBTQI leaders’ conference, join the LGBTQ Victory Institute, and Organization of American States, and the Inter-American Dialogue for a day of discussion on the opportunities and challenges that exist for LGBTQI leaders in the Americas. 

The event seeks to bring together LGBTQI leaders and key stakeholders to discuss the opportunities for advancing regional priorities through policies that foster inclusion and diversity, and counter the pervasive effects of discrimination and exclusion against LGBTQI people. The event will address four specific topics through the lens of the OAS thematic pillars: Democracy, Human Rights, Integral Development and Security.

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9:00am – 9:30am




9:30am – 10:00 am


Outstanding opportunities in the Americas



H.E. Ambassador Jorge Lomónaco, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the OAS



Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Institute



H.E. Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States


10:00am – 11:00am


The role of parliaments in fostering more inclusive democracies




Randy Boissonnault, Member of the Canadian Parliament and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ Issues, Canada 

Alberto de Belaunde, Member of Congress, Peru

Desiree de Sousa Croes, Former Senator, Aruba




H. E. Ambassador Jennifer Loten, Permanent Representative of Canada to the OAS


    Conclusions and Recommendations

Steven Griner, Director of the Department of Sustainable Democracy and Special Missions, OAS


11:00am – 12:00pm 



A win-win: Inclusion and economic growth through integral development



Congressman David Cicilline, Members of the House of Representatives, USA  

Justin G. Nelson, President of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) 



Janet Boyd, Director of Government Relations, The Dow Chemical Company 


    Conclusions and Recommendations  

Kim Hurtault-Osborne, Executive Secretary for Integral Development, Organization of American States 


12:00pm – 1:00pm


Light Lunch and Networking 


1:00pm – 2:00pm 



Human Rights: the legal imperative of preventing discrimination and fostering inclusion



Tamara Adrián, Member of the National Assembly, Venezuela 

Luis Eduardo Salazar, Presidential Commissioner on LGBTI Issues, Costa Rica

Jonathan Stevens, Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership and International, AARP, USA



Joan Caivano, Deputy to the President and Director of Special Projects, Inter-American Dialogue


    Conclusions and Recommendations

Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian, Director of the Department of Social Inclusion, OAS


2:00pm – 3:00pm 



Citizens without fear: building safe and secure societies for LGBTI people



Jacqueline Montero, Member of Congress, Dominican Republic

Valerie Woods, Senator, Belize



H.E. Ambassador Fernando Simas Magalhães, Permanent Representative of Brazil to the OAS


    Conclusions and Recommendations

Farah Diva Urrutia, Secretary for Multidimensional Security, Organization of American States


3:00pm – 3:30pm


Closing Session




María Claudia Pulido, Assistant Executive Secretary for the Monitoring, Promotion and Technical Cooperation, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)



H.E. Ambassador Paula María Bertol, Independent Expert on Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, United Nations


Gastão Alves de Toledo
, Secretary for Access to Rights and Equity, OAS


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