ONLINE EVENT – LGBTQ Rights and US Foreign Policy: A Need to Lead


Nine years after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared “LGBT rights are human rights,” the US continues to lag behind other democratic countries in placing LGBTQ equality at the core of its foreign policy. Sexual and reproductive rights and LGBTQ equality have increasingly become an international ideological battleground, with the United States sending mixed messages, at best. Join foreign policy experts as we discuss the current state of US foreign policy as it relates to LGBTQ equality and the degree to which the US should make equality a centerpiece of its global strategy.

The Inter-American Dialogue and the LGBTQ Victory Institute are pleased to host this timely breakout session as part of the International LGBTQ Leaders Conference. The three-day conference is the largest gathering of LGBTQ elected and appointed officials anywhere in the world and has attracted nearly 600 participants annually. Hundreds of current and former public officials from the United States and abroad will be joined by executives from the corporate and nonprofit sectors as well as LGBTQ community leaders to hear from an array of thought leaders, content experts, and champions for equality.

Follow the conference on Twitter at #LGBTQLeaders20, @VictoryInst, and @The_Dialogue.


Claudia López

Mayor of the City of Bogota, Colombia (@ClaudiaLopez)


Wally Brewster

CEO, Insignias Global (@WallyBrewster)

Javier Corrales

Professor and Chair of Political Science, Amherst College (@jcorrales2011)

Paula Uribe

Former Senior Advisor for Western Hemisphere Affairs, US Department of State

Margarita Salas Guzmán

Presidential Commissioner for LGBTIQ affairs, Costa Rica


Ross LaJeunesse

Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service (@RossforMaine)


LGBTQ Leaders Conference
Victory Institute


Ross LaJeunesse & Patrick Oathout

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