World Out Games World Out Games

Stimulate your mind and your heart at the World OutGames Miami Global Conference on Human Rights. The conference will open minds with the most powerful global gathering of internationally respected human rights activists, researchers, legal scholars and organizations.



26 May 2017 through 28 May 2017



The Loews Hotel, 1601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

The World OutGames Miami Global Conference on Human Rights is actively accepting abstracts for individuals interested in presenting during the 2017 conference.

To be considered for selection as a conference presenter, you must complete the following application. If you are submitting multiple topics for consideration, you must submit an application for each topic. The World OutGames Miami Global Conference on Human Rights will confirm and notify presenters within 10 business days of submission if they are selected to participate in the conference.

For which audience(s) is your topic most relevant (check all that apply)?

Which continents are most relevant to your presentation topic (check all that apply)?

Do you have any of the following elements that can be shared on the conference website that supplements your presentation (check all that apply)?

Please upload your resume/CV for review (File Types Accepted: Microsoft Word (.doc) and PDF ).


Confirmed Sponsors for the Global LGBTQI Human Rights Conference:

The International Institute for Race, Equality and Human Rights

Race & Equality


British Consulate General Miami Great


Global Affairs Canada Canada Miami








Bucci Law Offices

Confirmed Partners for the Global LGBTQI Human Rights Conference:

ILGA- North America



Arc International







In order to explore Sponsorship or Partnership opportunities: please email:


  • Professor Vitit Muntarbhorn United Nations Independent Expert on SOGI Country: Thailand

    Professor Muntarbhorn was designated in September 2016 as the first UN Independent Expert on violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by the Human Rights Council. Mr. Muntarbhorn is an international law Professor. He was educated in the United Kingdom obtaining his undergraduate and graduate law degrees from Oxford University. He also holds a degree on European law from the Free University of Brussels. He is currently a Professor Emeritus of law at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, having taught international law, human rights, the law of regional organizations, migration and refugee law, child rights, international humanitarian law and European Union law. He was awarded the UNESCO Human Rights Education Prize in 2004.

  • Fabrice Houdart Human Rights Officer, United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) Country: France/USA

    As a Human Rights Officer of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) based in New York, Houdart is an advocate for sexual orientation and gender identity.  Previously, Houdart was a Senior Country Officer for the Maghreb (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Malta, Libya) and Task Manager for a Nordic Trust Fund grant, "Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Development" at the World Bank.  He is the former President of World Bank GLOBE, the Bank’s LGBT employee resource group. Houdart is also on the Board of two US LGBTQI organizations: "Alturi," a direct funding NGO; and the "Rainbow Theater Project." He holds a B.A. in economics and management from Dauphine University and an MBA from American University. Houdart is the proud father of two young children.

  • Omar Sharif Jr. Model, writer and activist Country: Egypt/Canada

    Omar Sharif Jr. is the grandson of legendary actor Omar Sharif. Self described as: “Egyptian/Canadian, Muslim/Jew he is a model, writer and activist. Sharif enjoyed a successful run as an teen actor in Egyptian television and film. He came out in a 2012 letter published in The Advocate, where he directly confronted the homophobia in his home country of Egypt. Afterwards, Sharif faced tremendous backlash that he encountered suicidal thoughts. This inspired Sharif to become more vocal in the LGBTQI community. He began working with GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and served as the organization’s Eastern National Spokesperson for two years, speaking out on behalf of those who are silenced in Egypt and elsewhere. His activism has also focused on the use of culture and media to promote free and open societies in the Middle East. Sharif speaks at various events around the world on LGBTQI topics and was a speaker at the 2016 Oslo Freedom Forum.  

  • Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz U.S. House of Representatives, FL (D-23) Country: FL/USA

    For more than 20 years, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has dedicated her public life to working on behalf of the people of South Florida. On January 4, 2005, she was sworn in as a member of the United States House of Representatives. Rep. Wasserman Schultz represents Florida's 23rd Congressional district, which encompasses parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Before joining the U.S. Congress, she was first a Representative and later a Senator in the Florida State Legislature. In 2008, the Congresswoman joined Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (WI- 02) and Congressman Barney Frank (MA-04) for a press conference announcing the formation of the House of Representatives LGBT Equality Caucus. The mission of the caucus is to achieve the extension of equal rights, the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and the improved health and well being for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.  At that time the Congresswoman was asked to serve as a Vice-Chair of the LGBT Equality caucus. Since her early days in the Florida Legislature, LGBT equality has been a cause for which Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz fights passionately. Nine years later, Congresswoman is still an active member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, which has now dramatically expanded with members of the House.  

  • Tamara Adrian Lawmaker at the National Assembly of Venezuela (2016-2021) Country: Venezuela

    Tamara Adrián is a Venezuelan politician, who was elected to the National Assembly of Venezuela in the Venezuelan parliamentary election, 2015. She is noted as the first transgender person elected to office in Venezuela, and only the second transgender member of a national legislature in the Western Hemisphere. She is a member of the Popular Will party, one of the forces in opposition to the PSUV-led government of Nicolás Maduro. She took her oath of office at the National Assembly of Venezuela on January 14, 2015.  During her term in office, Adrián intended to promote proper access to public records on identity, same-sex marriage and human rights. Prior to her election to the Venezuelan legislature, Adrián worked as a lawyer and LGBT activist, including serving on the board of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association and the organizing committee of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. She was forced to register her candidacy under her male name, as Venezuelan law does not currently permit a transgender person to legally change their name.

  • Richard Lusimbo Researcher, SMUG Country: Uganda

    Richard Lusimbo is a Ugandan LGBT activist, documentary filmmaker, and public speaker who gained international attention when he was outed in a Ugandan tabloid newspaper for being gay. He has since went on to gain recognition as the Research and Documentation Officer at Sexual Minorities Uganda, and has appeared in New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, The Advocate, The Guardian, among others.  Lusimbo lead the Ugandan delegation to the United States in the Sexual Minorities Uganda v. Scott Lively case in 2013.[20] Lusimbo. The Lively case is perhaps the most infamous example of Christian leaders involved in the Anti-Homosexuality movement in Uganda, and is being sued by SMUG in a U.S. Federal Court for crimes against humanity after he came to Uganda and took part in the drafting of the Anti-Homosexuality Act. Lusimbo has served as a witness in the case, and gave a deposition in 2015.

  • Surat Shaan Knan Interfaith Activist, Rainbow Pilgrims Country: UK

    Surat-Shaan Knan is the founder and manager of the landmark Lottery Heritage funded projects Rainbow Jews and Twilight People. Knan works for the Liberal Jewish movement UK, and is a campaigner for faith-related LGBTQI issues. Since November 2014, Knan has joined forces with two major UK Universities to create a documentary for the AHRC funded research project Ritual Reconstructed. He has presented at numerous international conferences including ILGA World ; AIDS 2014 Melbourne, August 2014, World Outgames Human Rights Conference, Antwerp 2013, World Congress of GLBT Jews, Winnipeg, Canada, 2013; Salford University Faith & Sexuality Conference. Mr. Knan is a board member of the World Congress of GLBT Jews keshetldorvdor. As Operation’s Committee member with the Cutting Edge Consortium (CEC), he has assisted in organising national landmark events including the annual CEC Faith Homophobia & Transphobia and Human Rights Conference, London.

  • Amini Fonua Olympic Swimmer Country: Tonga

    Amini Tuitavake Britteon Fonua is a Tongan competitive swimmer and an advocate for LGBTQI rights. Fonua's swimming career began at the Roskill Swimming Club based at Cameron Pool in Auckland, coached by Sandra Burrow from 1999–2007. He broke numerous Auckland and New Zealand Age Group Records.  In the Fall of 2008, Fonua enrolled at Texas A&M on a swimming scholarship. While at Texas A&M he was a peer voted Team Captain, Big XII Conference Champion, NCAA All-American, and recipient of The Aggie Heart Award. He graduated with a Telecommunication and Multi-Media degree, with a Minor in Creative Writing in May 2013.  Mr. Fonua was "the first Tongan swimmer to win a gold medal in international competition, when he took gold in the 50 meter breaststroke at the 2010 Oceania Swimming Championships.  He served as his nation's flag-bearer in the 2012 Summer Olympics Parade of Nations.  Fonua went on to create history by becoming the first ever Tongan athlete to ever win 3 Gold medals at a Pacific Games by sweeping the Breaststroke events, setting 2 Games Records in the process (50 m and 100 m Breaststroke). He is the only Tongan athlete in history to ever hold dual Oceania and Pacific Games titles. Fonua was instrumental in condemning a story that The Daily Beast published on Olympic athletes using Grindr at the 2016 Rio games, that outed Olympic athletes.

  • Kenita Placide Executive Director, ECADE; Caribbean Advisor, OutRight Action International Country: St. Lucia

    Kenita Placide is a human rights, HIV and LGBTQI activist from St. Lucia. She is the Executive Director of United and Strong and the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE). She serves as the Caribbean region advisor on LGBTQI issues for OutRight Action International.  Between 2014 and 2016, she served at the Women's Secretariat for the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA). She has been on the forefront of bringing LGBT issues into discussion throughout the Anglo-Caribbean and international community. In 2013, she was selected as Star Publishing's People’s Choice for Person of the Year in St. Lucia, the first time an LGBTQI person had been honored with the award in her country.  

  • Reverend Houston Cypress Otter Clan, Miccosukee Tribe of Florida. Two-Spirit Poet and Co-Founder of Love the Everglades Movement Country: Miccosukee Reservation

    The Reverend Houston Cypress, also known by his Miccosukee name Yahalétke, is a Two-Spirit poet, artist, environmental activist and ordained minister. Through their organization, "Love the Everglades Movement," Reverend Cypress has become a major force within Miccosukee society as an advocate for cultural preservation, environmental protection, business development and sovereignty. Reverend Cypress also acts as a cultural ambassador, leading the way for meaningful exchange and connection between his society of clans and the outside world.

  • Chris Mosier Athlete and Transgender Activist Country: IL/USA

    Chris Mosier is a transgender advocate, triathlete, and speaker. In 2015 he earned a spot on the Team USA sprint duathlon men's team for the 2016 World Championship, making him the first known out trans athlete to join a U.S. national team. While he qualified, Mosier was uncertain about his eligibility to compete in the Duathlon Age Group World Championship Race in Spain in June 2016 due to the International Olympic Committee policy around participation of transgender athletes, with specific provisions from the Stockholm Consensus in 2004. In 2015, he challenged the policy, resulting in the creation and adoption of new IOC guidelines for participation of transgender athletes. In 2016, Mosier was chosen as the first openly transgender athlete to be featured in the "Body Issue" of ESPN The Magazine. He was also the first transgender athlete to feature on Nike's Advertisement. Mosier is the founder of, a resource for students, athletes, coaches, and administrators to find information about trans* inclusion in athletics at various levels of play. He is also the Executive Director of GO! Athletes, a national non-profit network of current and former LGBTQ high school and college student athletes which creates safer spaces in athletics through visibility, education, and advocacy.

  • Lou Englefield Founding Director, Pride Sports UK Country: United Kingdom

    Lou Englefield is the co-founder of Pride Sports UK. Founded in 2006, it was the first, and is still one of only two organizations in the UK working to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sport and improve access to sport for all LGBT people across the world.

  • Alessandra Ramos Activist, Transrevolução Country: Brazil

    Alessandra Ramos is a Transgender activist who was born in Brazil and raised in Rio de Janeiro.  She taught herself English, French, Italian, and Spanish, and has become a well-known interpreter of Brazilian sign language. Raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, Ms. Ramos learned sign language through the church, but subsequently abandoned religion at around age 21, when she began the process of gender confirmation transitioning. For six months, Ms. Ramos worked as a prostitute on the streets of both Rio and Paris. She is a member of Transrevolução, a Rio-based group that fights discrimination and promotes discussions of lesbian, gay and transgender initiatives, especially strengthening employment opportunities for the transgender community. Ramos says that being both black and trans often means facing discrimination on two fronts—with the added risk of extreme violence. Although Brazil has only recently begun to collect data on hate crimes against the LGBT community, one study, the President’s Human Rights Secretariat report on homophobic violence, revealed a 166 percent increase in reported human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Brazilians between 2011 and 2012. A 2013 report by the international human rights organization Global Rights found that the majority of victims of such crimes are Afro-descendant, transgender women.  Addressing violence is complicated by what Ramos describes as the “extreme invisibility” of black trans individuals. In May, Ramos helped organize the first National Black Trans Forum in Porto Alegre. The forum included a public presentation of Global Rights’ report on the rights of Afro-Brazilian transgender women, which Ramos translated into Portuguese and which had never before been published in Brazil.Ramos refuses to accept invisibility any longer. In January, she appeared on the country’s largest network, TV Globo, where she told her story for the first time to a nationwide audience.

  • Deondre Moore HIV and LGBTQ Youth Activist Country: TX/USA

    Deondre is currently a senior at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, obtaining his bachelors of Business Administration with my major in Human Resource management. On April 21, 2014 at the age of nineteen, he was diagnosed with HIV on his college campus. After his diagnosis, he decided that he would dedicate most of my time to help his community and peers to get the necessary education on HIV and prevention. Deondre became an official Greater Than AIDS ambassador after joining their SpeakOut Campaign in 2015. Since then, he has used this platform to do outreach not only in his community or across the state of Texas but as well as across the nation. Due to his hard work The Kaiser Family Foundation and Greater Than AIDS recently selected him out of the seventy ambassadors across the nation to become a part of the SpeakOut advisory committee.  In July of 2015 & 2016 Deondre was selected to become a part of the National Minority AIDS Council's Youth initiative as a Youth Leader. Youth leaders play a key role in the United States Conference on AIDS, and Deondre helped lead their 60 second challenge campaign. Which promotes the 60 second rapid HIV test. In 2016, Deondre became one of the official spokesperson for Janssen Pharmaceuticals, by way of their “Positively Fearless” Campaign. Which is a campaign that celebrates and promotes Black Gay men, living their lives out and proud of who they are, even when faced with being HIV positive. Due to his hard work in the community, he had the privilege of spending the 2016 summer in Washington D.C. as an intern for the Human Rights Campaign.  He has done seminars over HIV/AIDS education and prevention on various University campuses as well as leading HIV positive people in the proper direction to get the care they need.      

  • Mark Tewksbury Olympic Swimmer Country: Canada

    Mark Tewksbury is a recognized as a leader of social change. Author of three books, including Inside Out:  Straight Talk from a Gay Jock, Tewksbury is one of the few openly gay Olympic champions in the world. Not someone afraid to speak out, Mark co-founded OATH with other leading athletes and advocates to take a difficult but necessary step to hold the International Olympic Committee accountable to its own ideals. In 2006, Mark was the president of the first World Outgames held in Montreal, and was recognized as one of OUT Magazine’s top 100 people. In 2007, he was named by Foundation Emergence as the person of the year for his fight against homophobia, and in 2008, he was asked by the Government of France to speak on LGBT issues at the United Nations in NYC. He was also an ambassador for the historic Pride House at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in 2010, ensuring the LGBT community had a presence for the first time at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Most recently, Mark lent his Olympic gold medal to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights to be displayed as part of the “2015 Year of Sport” exhibit.  For his ethical leadership and active humanitarianism, Mark has received Honorary Doctorate of Laws degrees from the University of Western Ontario, and the University of Calgary. Mark is currently the Vice Chair of Special Olympics Canada and resides in Calgary, AB. 

  • Nadine Smith Executive Director, Equality Florida Country: FL/USA

    Nadine Smith is the co-founder and CEO of Equality Florida the state's largest organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. A former award-winning journalist turned organizer, Nadine was one of four national co-chairs of the 1993 March on Washington. She was part of the historic oval office meeting between then - President Clinton - the first such meeting between a sitting President and gay community leaders. She served on the founding board of the International Gay and Lesbian Youth Organization. She is a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Florida Advisory Committee, a Florida Chamber Foundation Trustee, and served on President Obama's National Finance Committee.  In 2013, she was named one of the the state's ""Most Powerful and Influential Women"" by the Florida Diversity Council. She was also given the League of Women Voter's Woman of Distinction Award in 2015. She lives in St. Petersburg with her wife Andrea and son Logan.

  • Moninne Griffith Executive Director, BeLongTo Country: Ireland

    Before joining BeLonGTo as Executive Director Moninne worked as Director of Marriage Equality, a single-issue organization working for equality for same-sex couples, their families and their children for 8 years, since it's launch in February 2008. Her work involved managing the Political, Mobilisation, Communications, Legal and Fundraising Strategies of the organisation. Before this Moninne worked as a solicitor in general practice for almost ten years and volunteered with FLAC, the Free Legal Advice Centres, and Women’s Aid. She has an MA in Women’s Studies from UCD and is the current Chairperson of the National Women’s Council of Ireland.

  • Shane Ortega Retired Military Sergeant. Two Spirit Activist, Cherokee Nation Country: CA/USA

    Ortega is a two-spirit, disabled and retired combat veteran. He transitioned in 2009 while actively serving. He is most known for his coming out article in the Washington Post, which greatly helped shift the stigma of transgender military service. On July 20, 2016 Shane was retired as a Staff Sergeant with eleven total years in two different branches of service. Those were the United States Marine Corps from 2005-2009, and then United States Army in 2009-2016.  He served multiple combat tours in both Iraq and Afghan theaters. Since 2008 Ortega has set the bar high in accomplishing LGBT military equality. His first accomplishment was Co-founding a transgender specific Chapter for Outserve-SDLN (503c). He created and led this safe for actively serving transgender military personal. Additionally 2010 was a huge year for Shane, he was voted to advisory board member of Military Freedom Coalition (503c). Here he worked in aide of Joshua Block (ACLU) and Dr. Aaron Belkin (Palm Center) on the repeal of DADT, equal opportunity protections for LGB service members and he was hugely instrumental in lifting the ban for transgender military service. In 2013, Ortega also co-founded SPARt*A- a non-profit LGBT military support group. Shane personally advocates on the needs of LGBTQ health competency, athletes, women, veterans, people of color and disabled persons.  Ortega recently worked as the Transgender Responsiveness Coordinator for Center for Health Justice.- Los Angeles. This remarkable non-profit organization serves the needs of LGBTQ people impacted by incarceration. He is also on the board of This organization addresses the forty-one percent of total adult transgender people who commit and attempt suicide. He is also a member of Athlete Ally, Wounded Warrior Project and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. While pursuing his B. A. in Philosophy, Shane continues to take work as a Consultant and Professional Speaker. 

  • Yahia Zaidi Co-Founder, MantiQitna Network, Middle Eastern & North Africa Activist Network Country: Algeria

    Yahia Zaidi is a committed human rights activist and specialist with extensive experience on LGBTI issues. He has undertaken international advocacy, community building, strategy, research, services and training at the local (Algeria), regional (Middle East and Africa) and international levels.  By profession, he is also a social worker on asylum.  Zaidi has led the revival and establishment of associations, projects and organizations. Among other roles, he has been instrumental in rebuilding Abu-Nawas (an Algerian LGBT rights group) and Pan-Africa ILGA. In partnership with peers, he has established an HIV/AIDS prevention project for men who have sex with men (MSM) in Algeria, and an association by and for migrants from the MENA region seeking to eradicate homophobia in the migrant communities in Belgium. Zaidi co-founded MantiQitna Network, the only LGBTI-led organization from the MENA region doing public advocacy.  Zaidi was at the forefront of international advocacy toward the adoption of UN resolutions on SOGI in 2014 and 2016, and twice collected the largest number of signatories to civil society joint statements in the history of the Human Rights Council. He has provided strategic advice to several regional and international NGOs, including COC Netherlands, Inter-LGBTI France, IDAHO, RFSL Sweden, and LLH Norway. In 2007, he became the UNAIDS and NAC (National AIDS Committee) Focal Point for MSM.  Zaidi has served as co-chair of the board of Pan Africa ILGA and currently holds the position of co-secretary general alternate on ILGA’s world executive board. He recently joined the Board of GLISA as co-secretary.


  • The Miami Beach Police Department Country: FL/USA Title:Diversity Training Track:Various
  • The Victory Institute Country: Washington DC/USA Title:LGBTQ+ Political Leaders Training Track:Various
  • Ross Murray GLAAD Media Country: NY/USA Title:Leveraging Media for LGBTQ+ Activism Track:Various
  • IGLFA Panel; National Equality Action Team Various U.S. Organizations Country: USA Title:LGBTI Rights & Advocacy in the Era of Trump Track:Various
  • Alex Orue & Diego Bazan It Gets Better Campaign Country: Mexico + Paraguay Title:Grassroots Media Communication Strategies for Latin America Track:Various
  • Austin Bryan / Richard Lusimbo Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) Country: Uganda Title:Politicization of Homosexuality in Uganda: Scapegoating Sexual and Gender Minorities Track:Global Social Justice
  • Justin Klecha & Bryn SAVE Country: USA/Miami Title:Prejudice Reduction Conversations to Decrease Anti-LGBT Prejudice: An Interactive Workshop on the Art and Science of Persuasion. Track:Global Social Justice
  • Carlos Quesada, Executive Director The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights with Panelists from Various Countries in Latin America Country: US/Washington DC Title:Panel on the Human Rights situation of LGBTI people in Latin America Track:US Global Social Justice
  • Carlos Quesada, Executive Director The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights with Panelists from Various Countries in Latin America Country: US/Washington DC Title:The Human Rights Situation of LGBTI people in Cuba Track:Global Social Justice
  • Edward Moala Country: Samoa Pacific Islands Title:To create a Global Interfaith LGBTIQ Network as a haven for LGBTIQ people of diverse faith, tradition and spirituality from Homophobia and Transphobia Track:Global Social Justice
  • Haven Herrin ILGA North America Country: US/Oregon Title:Fueling a Queer Religious Left at the Organization of American States Track:Global Social Justice
  • Marthe Djilo Kamga Belgium Country: Belgium Title:SIKILIZA, Mon corps te parle Se réapproprier nos images de femmes noires qui aiment d'autres femmes par des expressions artistiques et culturelles Track:Health and Wellness
  • YES Institute YES Institute Country: USA/Miami Title:Using Powerful Communication to Address Stereotyping, Verbal Bullying, and Microaggressions through Purposeful Dialogue and Community Building Track:Health & Wellness
  • Luigi Ferrer Pridelines Country: US/Florida Title:The South Florida Bisexual+ Network – a model for community health education and organizing Track:Social Justice
  • Mohammad Rofiqul Islam Royal Country: Bangladesh Title:Desire of a baby: Scenario of constraints to adapt a new family member by Hijra/Transgender mother in Bangladesh Track:NA
  • Cecile Houry Florida International University Country: US Title:American Women and the Modern Summer Olympic Games: A Story of Obstacles and Struggles for Participation and Equality Track:Promoting Inclusivity in Sports
  • Nereida Perez Country: US/NC Title:Leveraging LGBT Employee Resource groups to Drive Employee Engagement Track:Global Human Rights
  • Evan Davidoff GPEL Country: US/NY Title:Protecting Progress While Creating Change: Empowering LGBTQ Emerging Global Leadership Track:Global Social Justice
  • Gregory Phillips Country: Australia Title:Unsettling Whiteness and Heteronormativity Track:Global Social Justice
  • Oabona Sepora Country: Botswana Title:Removing Legal Barriers for LGBTI persons to access HIV Prevention, Treatment and Care Services in Africa Track:Health & Wellness
  • Soulforce Country: US/Oregon Title:Trans and Intersex Theologies that Liberate u Track:Global Social Justice
  • Markus Thiel Country: US/Miami Title:Book presentation: Sexualities in World Politics: how LGBTQ claims shape International Relations Track:Politics
  • Nora Hegedüs Country: France Title:LE GENRE IDÉAL (Series of photographs) Track:Transgender Photo exhibit
  • Michael David dela Cruz Country: Phillipines Title:Golden ‘Agora’: Sex among older gay men in the Philipines Track: Health & Wellness (HIV, Disability, Sexuality, Body Politics, Human Trafficking)
  • Michael David dela Cruz Country: Phillipines Title:Sex Signals: Sexual practices of select Deaf men who have sex with men in the Philippines Track: Health & Wellness (HIV, Disability, Sexuality, Body Politics, Human Trafficking)
  • Apphia Kumar Country: US Title:Bisexual + Asylum: Then & Now Track:Global Social Justice
  • Danish Sheikh Country: India Title:Strategies to Combat Recriminalization of Homosexuality in India Track:Global Social Justice
  • Rosanna Flamer-Caldera Equal Ground Country: Sir Lanka Title:Decriminalisation of LGBTIQ in Sri Lanka – possible or impossible? Track:Global Social Justice
  • Shale Ahmed Country: Bangladesh Title:Engaging stakeholders in brining positive changes for LGBT population in Bangladesh: achievement towards impact Track:Global Social Justice
  • Alice Minor & N. Miskow Friborg Country: Denmark Title:Queered alternatives to Cisnormative and Heternormativestate Organized Health Care and Counseling Track:Health & Wellness
  • Luna Sharlotte and Humerez Aquino Country: Bolivia Title:LA LEY DE IDENTIDAD DE GENERO RECIEN APROBADA EN MI PAIS Track:Global Social Justice
  • Frank Evelio Arteaga FLores Country: Bolivia Title:Conociendo las necesidadas y vivencias de las personas adultas mayores de diversa orientacion sexual a identidad de genero Track:LGBTQI Inclusivity - Aging
  • Michael Roskey Research Program Specialist Country: US/California Title:Building a Coalition Against Neoliberalism Track:Global Social Justice
  • Dr. Ashley Austin Barry University Country: US/Miami Title:Humane and Inclusive Approaches to Health: Transgender Affirmative Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth and Adu Track:Transgender
  • Sandile Ndelu and Seoketsi Mooketsi Country: South Africa Title:Queering the Revolution: From Rights Based Approach Toward the Decolonial Approach Track:Global Social Justice
  • Shawn Gaylord Global Advocacy, Human Rights First Country: US/Washington DC Title:Elevating and Advancing the Human Rights of LGBTQ People at World Sporting Events Track:LGBTQ Sports Inclusivity
  • Sylvia Deen The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone Country: Sierra Leone Title:Empowering and Advancing the Rights of Transgender Individuals in Sierra Leone Track:Transgender
  • Candy Yun Country: Korea Title:Sports Participation of an Invisible Sexual Minority in Korean Society Track:LGBTQ Sports Inclusivity
  • Jochem Kaan COC Amsterdam Country: The Netherlands Title:Amsterdam Rainbow Dress: a monumental, evolving artwork traveling the world calling for LGBTQI Inclusivity Track:Social Justice- LGBTQI Criminalization
  • Edward Xuereb and Cathy Eccles Blue Cross Community and Residential Services Country: Australia Title:Proud to Be Me: An LGBTQI Initiative Track:LGBTQI Inclusivity- Aging
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police Country: Canada Title:Miscues and Miracles: the Journey of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police towards Fully Embracing the Public and Internal LGBTIQ Communities Track:Social Justice- LGBTQI Criminalization
  • Sanjay Sharma Country: Nepal Title:Fifteen Years of Walk on LGBT’s Health and Human Rights in Nepal: Community Capacity Matters the Most Track:Health & Wellness
  • Melhelm Mansour Country: UK/The Netherlands Title:Syrian LGBT refugees: Towards a New Global Policy for LGBT in Conflict Situation Track:Global Social Justice
  • Legal ActionAid Compound Country: Liberia Title:The Significance of Global Justice for LB Women and Girls in the Liberia Context Track:Global Social Justice
  • Lucas Paoli Itaborahy Country: Brazil Title:Enabling LGBTI people to step out of poverty Track:Global Social Justice
  • Oliver Anene Country: US/NJ Title:Articulating Our Identities: African Queer and Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) Communities in the USA Track:Transgender/Intersex/Gender Non Conforming
  • Yaz Mendez Nunez SoulForce Country: US/VA Title:Intersex and Trans Experiences in Sport Track:Transgender/Intersex/Gender Non Conforming
  • Tony Haddad Country: Israel Title:Puppet theatre as an LGBT mediator within childhood: the case of Palestinian children for religious mothers Track:Religion
  • Joseph Akoro Renfocap Centre Country: France Title:Training of Activists at the 2017 World OutGames France Track:Training
  • Carlos Idibou and Solange Musanganya Country: Canada Title:Renforcer le Mouvement LGBT de Defense des Droits par laCulture, les Arts et le Sport en Afrique Francophone Track:Various
  • Eloundou Atamba Jules Charles Country: Cameroon Title:Les arrestations et détentions arbitraires des LGBT au Cameroun et l’impact sur leur intégration sociale Track:Social Justice- LGBTQI Criminalization
  • David Cruz ILGLaw, University of Southern California Gould School of Law Country: US/California Title:The Present and Future Prospects of Sexual Orientation and Gender identity Rights Under the Trump Administration Track:Social Justice- LGBTQI Criminalization
  • David Cruz ILGLaw, University of Southern California Gould School of Law Country: US/California Title:The DSM, the ICD, Gender and Objectivity Track:Health & Wellness
  • Jean-Daniel Ndikumana Country: Belgium Title:Challenges of LGBTQI Immigrants Belgium Track:Social Justice- LGBTQI Criminalization
  • Anthony Nyamogo Oluoch Country: Kenya Title:The Importance of the Inclusion of “Others” in LGBTI Activism: A Comparison with the Struggle against Apartheid in South Africa Track:Social Justice
  • Olubiyi Oludipe Improved Sexual Health and Rights Advocacy Initiative (ISHRAI) Country: Nigeria Title:State Sanctioned Violence: Impact on perceived or real sexual orientation and gender identity in Nigeria Track:Social Justice- LGBTQI Criminalization
  • Sylvia Acevedo Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services Country: US/Florida Title:Building Bridges – Working with LGBTQI Refugees & Survivors of Torture Track:Social Justice
  • Sayato Nakata & Maki Muraki Nijiiro Diversity Country: Japan Title:LGBT and Sports in Japan Track:Sports
  • Robert Wintemute Country: United Kingdom Title:LGBTI Equality in the European and Inter-American Courts of Human Rights Track:Various
  • FRED FEJES, Ph.D. Professor Fellow, Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative School of Communication and Multimedia Studies Florida Atlantic University Country: FL/USA Title:N TODAY'S HYPER-MEDIA CULTURE, MEDIA REPRESENTATION, VISIBILITY AND INCLUSION  ARE ISSUES OF SOCIAL JUSTICE Track:Various
  • Bill Pegler with Film Director, Min Sook Lee National Representative, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Country: Canada Title: Migrant Dreams Track:Various
  • Deborah Billings Kristi House. Country: FL/USA Title:Child Sexual Abuse and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Track:Various
  • Ashley Williams; North Carolina Coordinator, Sister Song The National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective Country: NC/USA Title:From Coretta Scott King to Cardi B: Rethinking Reproductive Justice, Politics of Respectability, and Black Femininity Track:Various
  • Renato Marasco Country: Australia Title:An overview of Australian workplace laws which protect employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and sex and/or gender identity Track:Various
  • Dr. Irma Barron; Dr. Nancy Sidun; Dr. Joel Filmore; & Dr. Louise Country: FL/USA Title:Sex Trafficking, Human Rights Violations Track:Various



The U.S. based VICTORY INSTITUTE presents: #Ready2Run- Campaigns and Candidacy Training. Director of Domestic Programs Sheila Isong will lead the three-hour presentation for anyone interested in working on a campaign or considering a run for office in the next few years. You’ll hear about what questions to ask yourself, who to talk to, and what to do to build on your record of community leadership. Whether as a volunteer, a staffer or a candidate, you’ll learn how to set yourself up for a successful campaign. Additionally, she'll give a preview of Victory Institute’s well-known Candidate & Campaign Training, going over the different topics covered and what to expect.


Ross Murray, GLAAD Media Programs Director of Global and U.S. South presents: “Use Your Voice, Tell Your Story: Media Engagement to Accelerate Acceptance for the LGBTQ Community.” As the global LGBTQ community undergoes seismic shifts, with both gains and losses, across the globe, the fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of LGBTQ people and their stories are going to be crucial. Media representation impacts culture, and culture impacts laws and policies. To complement the effort for LGBTQ protections under the law, there is a need to win hearts and minds of people to accept their LGBTQ friends, family, and fellow citizens. GLAAD believes that you cannot hate someone whose story you know. Whether it’s scripted television, film, or news reporting, the media shapes the perceptions of the LGBTQ community for its audience. GLAAD has had over 30 years of working with the media to ensure that it is fair, accurate, and inclusive when it comes to LGBTQ people. They work with producers, creators, reporters, and editors to make sure they are presenting non-stereotypical, complex, realistic portrayals of LGBT people. We also work extensively with LGBTQ people and organizations whose voices and expertise on a variety of topics are essential for advancing LGBTQ acceptance. Equipped with an Accelerating Acceptance data, GLAAD wants to work with you to teach others about the LGBTQ community through a personal lens, yours. This presentation will discuss acceptance levels for the LGBTQ community, and what shifts need to happen to help advance acceptance. This training will teach participants how they can best engage local and national media outlets to share their stories. Participants will be trained to reach an audience with effective messages that will promote understanding and acceptance. Practice interview techniques will be taught that will get your main point across and avoid getting sidetracked in an interview.


The IT GETS BETTER Project is an International Program that collaborates with LGBT youth. Since 2010, they have sponsored initiatives to benefit LGBT youth in over 20 countries. They do this by: Sharing International Media, as for many, online video collections and social media outreach are the most successful strategies for reaching out to young people. They engage a global community. The Project has been participating in a number of other events, conferences, trainings, and other activities, like LGBT youth and the adults who work with them, wherever they may be. They also provide direct services. In circumstances where resources for LGBT youth are scarce, they have worked with others to connect youth. It Gets Better also works to build worldwide partnerships. They are a member of the International LGBTI Association (ILGA) and is a member of the International LGBT Queer Youth and Student Organization (IGLYO). Regional Coordinator of Latin America, Alex Orue; and President of It Gets Better in Paraguay, Diego Bazan; will present “Media Training for Latin America.”


Fare network is an anti-discrimination not for profit that works globally to combat discrimination in football and use the sport as a means of social change. With more than 150 members in over 35 countries, Fare is committed to tackling discrimination through football’s inclusive power, based on the principle that the game, as the most popular sport in the world, belongs to us all and can propel social cohesion. Fare will host a panel on tackling homophobia on the playing field in Latin America.


A multi-organizational U.S. based panel discussion on "LGBTQI Rights & Advocacy in the Era of Trump" with Brian Silva, Executive Director, Marriage Equality USA; Nadine Smith, Executive Director, Equality Florida; Justin Klecha, Deputy Director, SAVE; and activist, Rodrigo Ros-Lehtinen.


YES Institute is a Miami based recognized leader in providing powerful, action-oriented dialogue and quality research-based education on gender and orientation. “Using Powerful Communication to Address Stereotyping, Verbal Bullying, and Micro-aggressions through Purposeful Dialogue and Community Building,” is a training that seeks to help educate and train community members and leaders on the power of communication to build relationships.


RENFO CAP CENTRE, based in Marseille, France; is committed to working with change agents in professionalizing their efforts in movement building and social justice advocacy through proper planning and organizing that ensure their organizational sustainability and sustainable change. The training is essential for movement entrepreneurs and activists who are nurturing an emerging community based organization. It serves as an opening to individuals who set up non-profit organization without the necessary qualifications or technical expertise required for NGO development and management.


SAVE is a South Florida based leading organization dedicated to protecting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) against discrimination. Since 1993, SAVE has advocated for equal rights for persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The SAVE #TEAM EQUALITY presents – “Prejudice Reduction Conversations to Decrease Anti-LGBT Prejudice: An Interactive Workshop on the Art and Science of Persuasion.” This training is essential since although marriage equality is now the law of the land, It is no secret that the movement has a long road ahead of us. Having been able to win at the gavel, anti-LGBTQ prejudice is still rampant. SAVE and the Leadership LAB have teamed up in Miami to change the way people are spoken to about LGBT issues. The coalition developed a deep persuasion canvassing model that not only gains votes, but also reduces anti-LGBTQ prejudice. Deep persuasion, unlike traditional canvassing which has the goal of inspiring likely supporters to take action, targets undecided and unsupportive voters to reduce their underlying prejudice. When done effectively the LGBTQ community is humanized and the canvasser and voter. Through these shared values, it is possible to use the LGBTQ community and reduce their prejudice.


Implemented in the Fall of 2015, the MIAMI BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT has been proactively involved with Diversity Training that educates and trains Officers to combat racism, homophobia, transphobia and gender bias. This training is a glimpse into the diversity training offered to Miami Beach Police Officers with opportunities for dialogue and relationship building with law enforcement and communities. Also discussed will be the LGBTQ+ Safe Spaces operated in Miami Beach with the help of the Miami Beach Police Department. This is an excellent training to be inspired to take back to your community to promote diversity training for law enforcement.


Presentation of the Screening "Migrant Dreams."

With Bill Pegler, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and Film Director Min Sook Lee. (Canada)

A group of migrant farm workers dare to resist the systemic oppression and exploitation from their brokers, employers and Canadian government in small-town Ontario.

Awarded the 2017 Canadian Hillman Prize for Journalism

Click here to download the World OutGames 4th Global Human Rights Conference schedule.