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Global Innovative Advocacy Summit

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The 2018 Global Summit was held in April. Applications for the 2019 Global Summit will be open in the fall. Please check back here to apply.

Inspired by the incredible work being done across five continents, HRC launched its inaugural Global Innovative Advocacy Summit in March 2016 and held its third Global Summit in April 2018. Over three years, the Global Summit has brought together nearly 100 established and emerging advocates for the exchange of ideas and practices for advancing LGBTQ equality. In a dynamic environment, these Global Innovators, including HRC staff, showcase projects and approaches that improve the lives of LGBTQ people in their countries and communities.

The Global Summit provides a forum to exchange ideas for advancing LGBTQ equality, a network of Global Innovators, Fellows and partners to continue sharing lessons-learned in their advocacy work and an opportunity to meet with key policymakers and supporters of global equality.

HRC Global Innovators and HRC Global Fellows are invited to apply for our partnership programs. Please visit these links to learn more about our Global Partnerships in Innovative Advocacy and Global Partnerships in Pride.


2018 Global Summit

In April 2018, HRC brought 31 of the most impressive and creative advocates for LGBTQ equality in the world to Washington, D.C. for its third annual Global Summit. Over four days, the Global Innovators took part in intense discussions with each other and HRC staff on innovative ways to advance LGBTQ equality. They shared ideas, best practices and unique approaches to effectively build movements and advocate for equality, whether that’s through family, community or across borders.

Read blogs from our 2018 Global Summit

Watch videos to learn more about our 2018 Global Innovators


2017 Global Summit

In April 2017, HRC welcomed 30 remarkable Global Innovators from 28 different countries across five continents to Washington, D.C. for its second annual Global Summit. Over three days, the Global Innovators showcased projects and approaches that have advanced equality, particularly around daily themes of storytelling, innovating and advocating.

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Read the report from our 2017 Global Summit

The 2017 Global Summit Report gives more detail about the organization and themes from the Global Summit and backgrounds of the Global Innovators. Download and read our 2017 report here

Read blogs from our 2017 Global Summit

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Watch videos to learn more about our 2017 Global Innovators


2016 Global Summit

In March 2016, the inaugural Global Summit brought together twenty-six established and emerging advocates for the exchange of ideas and practices for advancing LGBTQ equality.

Read blogs from our 2016 Global Summit

Watch videos to learn more about our 2016 Global Innovators

Read the report from our 2016 Global Summit

The 2016 Global Summit Report gives more detail about the structure of the convening, how strategies were shared between advocates and the impact that the three days had on those who attended. Download and read our 2016 report here