This week, HRC is hosting 29 global leaders for equality from 27 countries and territories in Washington, D.C. for the fourth annual Global Innovative Advocacy Summit. These leading global advocates for LGBTQ equality were selected from hundreds of applicants because of the creative, inspiring and impactful work they do to advance equality around the globe.
From April 22-25, the Global Innovators will take part in intense discussions with each other and HRC staff on trends and innovative ways to advance LGBTQ equality. They will share personal and professional experiences and ideas to help them in their efforts to engage key stakeholders and allies in improving the lives of LGBTQ people in their countries. This year’s Summit will focus on campaign strategies, security and migration patterns, as well as cutting-edge practices to bolster LGBTQ advocacy in challenging places.
Since 2016, HRC Foundation’s Global Summit has served as a powerful and inspiring way for HRC to connect LGBTQ leaders and allies to help strengthen the capacity of their movements. The 2019 Global Innovators join HRC’s growing network of advocates and partners who represent more than 80 countries and territories. HRC Foundation is proud that the Global Summit is supported by the Open Society Foundation, MetLife Foundation and BBVA Compass.
Follow along here and on social media using #HRCGlobalSummit to learn more about what these leading advocates are doing with HRC.
Day One: HRC welcomes the 2019 Global Innovators to Washington, D.C.
On the first day of the summit, Global Innovators started with a visit to the Newseum to see the Rise Up exhibit on Stonewall and the LGBTQ rights movement. They also met with HRC staff to discuss how to harness the power of social media for stronger advocacy and better storytelling of LGBTQ lives.
Mi objetivo esta semana en #HRCGlobalSummit es aprender de ellas y ellos, compartirles mis experiencias, irme con nuevas lecciones y más preparación para el trabajo que viene en @colmena_41 y, pooor supuesto, con herramientas para compartir con activistas LGBT+ en México. �������� pic.twitter.com/BNr3lN5jbY— Enrique Torre Molina (@ETorreMolina) April 22, 2019
Incredible first day of participating at the @humanrightscampaign fourth annual Global Innovative Advocacy Summit in Washington DC from April 22-25. (Cont) pic.twitter.com/YIf2NkV2IL— Salman Khan سلمان خان सलमान खान ��️�� (@ImGreenGuru) April 23, 2019
Day Two: Innovators discuss Prides, advocacy campaigns and legal rights.
They also met with HRC staff to learn about the organization’s experiences organizing in challenging places and bringing allies into our work. The day was capped off with an evening networking reception at the Spanish Ambassador’s residence.
Hoy hablamos con empleados de @HRC. La organización fue fundada en 1980. Una de ellas lleva 30 años aquí y cuenta que, cuando entró, era un equipo de 18 empleados y prácticamente no había famosos abiertamente LGBT — @eltonofficial y @Martina, por ejemplo. ��️��#HRCGlobalSummit— Enrique Torre Molina (@ETorreMolina) April 23, 2019
Last night, Amb. Cabanas welcomed the @HRC's 2019 Global Innovators to his Residence, where they awarded him with the #HumanRights Campaign's Global Equality Champion Award for Spain's leadership in advancing & supporting rights for the LGBTQ community— Embassy of Spain USA (@SpainInTheUSA) April 24, 2019
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Day Three: Innovators hold a roundtable discussion with Andre du Plesis, head of ILGA World.
Advocates discussed movement organizing on LBT and transgender and non-binary issues with du Plesis. Global Innovators ended the day with a screening of the Kenyan film Rafiki and discussion with its director Wanuri Kahiu.
Nos reunimos con @Adup76 de @ILGAworld, la federación internacional de organizaciones LGBT+ ��️��������— Enrique Torre Molina (@ETorreMolina) April 24, 2019
Empezó en 1978 con el propósito de tener una red global de organizaciones con misiones similares. Hoy tiene 1497 ONG de 153 países. ������������#HRCGlobalSummit pic.twitter.com/H9sI9LiMhp
So excited and honored to be heading over to @HRC's Global Summit to host a Q&A with the brilliant @wanuri, whose gorgeous film @rafikimovie — about two young Kenyan women who fall in love — has just been released in the U.S. Go see it!— Zack Ford (@ZackFord) April 24, 2019
Day Four: Innovators discuss engaging businesses as allies, building networks and sharing stories.
On the last day of the summit, advocates continued deep discussions on moving LGBTQ equality forward, particularly around working with businesses and building networks across borders and movements. They also participated in a storytelling workshop that gave them new tools to harness their personal stories and leadership to advance the urgency of their movement’s work.
Hoy hablamos sobre estrategias para sumar empresas pequeñas/medianas/grandes como aliados LGBT+ ��️����— Enrique Torre Molina (@ETorreMolina) April 25, 2019
Analizamos casos de Estados Unidos, Barbados y Bulgaria, donde los activistas han logrado avances en inclusión laboral en contextos súper distintos. ������#HRCGlobalSummit pic.twitter.com/gRZus5is38
As 4th @HRC's #HRCGlobalSummit comes to an end,I'm overwhelmed with the love & support I've received from all the incredible 30 advocates of equality who have given me a sense of optimism for the global LGBTQ+ movement b/c they're global, its diverse & its intersectional. ��♥️✊ pic.twitter.com/H7Miu9QhBu— Salman Khan سلمان خان सलमान खान ��️�� (@ImGreenGuru) April 26, 2019