Conference at the US Capitol: The Geopolitics of LGBT Rights

Dmitry Chizhevsky in a Saint Petersburg hospital, where he was treated for a month and a half, following an attack on an LGBT meeting. Doctors were not able to save his vision in his left eye. Image by Misha Friedman. Russia, 2013.

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 09:00am to 01:00pm EDT (GMT -0400)

A conference sponsored by the Institute of Current World Affairs in partnership with Johns Hopkins SAIS – Center for Transatlantic Relations and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Please join us on Friday, May 20, 2016, to explore the state of LGBT rights throughout the world.


Senator Ed Markey

Ambassador Randy W. Berry
Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons

Ambassador Lars Gert Lose of Denmark

-Robbie Corey-Boulet, ICWA Fellow researching LGBTI issues in West Africa
-Basile Ndjio, Fellow with the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey University of Douala anthropologist and leading scholar of LGBTI debates in Cameroon
-Lewis Kunze, Activist with Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ)
-Micheal Ighodaro, Nigerian HIV prevention advocate, White House Champion of Change
-Felicity Thompson, Human Rights Watch

-Dmitry Chizhevsky Russian survivor of anti-LGBT violence in St. Petersburg
-Misha Friedman, Documentary photographer and Pulitzer Center grantee
-Mario Skunca, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Croatia to the United States

-Yuvraj Joshi, Yale Law School Gruber Fellow in Global Justice at Human Rights Watch
-Tushar Malik, LGBTI rights activist from India
-Hou Hoping, Founder & V-P of LesGo, nonprofit devoted to LGBTI rights in China

-Maurice Tomlinson, Jamaican LGBTI and AIDS activist; subject of Pulitzer Center-supported film, The Abominable Crime
-Macarena Saez, Director, Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University
-Adrian Gonzalez, Human Rights Campaign Global Fellow
-Mati Gonzalez Gil, Transgender advocacy in Colombia

-Edward P. Joseph, Executive Director, Institute of Current World Affairs
-Ambassador Andras Simonyi, Managing Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

Advanced registration strictly required per US Capitol regulations.

Register here.

The Geopolitics of LGBT Rights
Friday, May 20, 2016
The US Capitol
Visitor Center
SVC 209-08
First St NE
Washington, DC 20515

In association with the ICWA symposium, the Pulitzer Center will present a free screening of The Abominable Crime at 4 pm at the Cosmos Club in DC, with an introduction by human rights lawyer Maurice Tomlinson, one of the film's two main characters and one of Jamaica's leading LGBTI activists. Learn more.