Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic ( March 28, 2017 ) —This week, Victory Institute and partner organizations will convene more than 350 LGBTI leaders from across Latin America and the Caribbean to develop strategies to increase LGBTI political participation and advance equality in their countries. The conference, held in Santo Domingo, will begin with a national meeting of 140 LGBTI Dominican leaders discussing country-specific solutions, and meetings with party and political leaders including Santo Domingo Mayor David Collado.
The "Meeting of LGBTI Political Leadership in Latin America and the Caribbean" will provide space for dialogue, skills building and exchanging experiences among LGBTI leaders. It aims to create new ideas and collaborations for driving LGBTI-inclusive political processes in countries throughout the region, and to provide political skills to leaders considering public service. LGBTI participants from previous Victory Institute trainings in the region have gone on to run for office and become historic firsts — including Congresswoman Tamar AdriÃ¡n, Venezuela's first openly trans member of Parliament.
Among the elected officials in attendance will be Uruguayan Congressman MartÃn Couto, Mexican Congressman BenjamÃn Medrano and Venezuelan Congresswoman Tamar AdriÃ¡n.
Media interested in reporting on the Santo Domingo conference can contact Elliot Imse at firstname.lastname@example.org . Interviews are available with Victory Institute leadership, elected officials and conference attendees.
What: Meeting of LGBTI Political Leadership in Latin America and the Caribbean
When: Thursday, March 30 — Sunday, April 1
Where: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic