What’s on the Agenda at the 2019 HRC Global Summit

by HRC Staff

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.

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.

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.

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.


Day 3 at #HRCGlobalSummit

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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.