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 29 May 2017
Miami Beach Convention Center
The World OutGames Miami Global Conference on Human Rights is actively accepting abstracts for individuals interested in presenting during the 2017 conference.
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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.
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. 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.
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 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 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. 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 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 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.
Cyd Zeigler is a commentator and author in the field of sexuality and sports. He is a former sports editor for Genre Magazine, former associate editor for the New York Blade, and has written for Playboy, MSNBC, CNN, New York Press and Out Magazine. He has appeared on ESPN, Fox Sports Radio, CNN, and MSNBC as well as contributing to Sports Illustrated, Logo and the New York Times. In 1999, Zeigler and Jim Buzinski founded Outsports.com. They co-authored The Outsports Revolution: Truth & Myth in the World of Gay Sports. Zeigler is credited with breaking the story of John Amaechi coming out of the closet in February 2007. Amaechi had contacted Zeigler months before, and Zeigler connected Amaechi with the publicist Howard Bragman, who had assisted other gay athletes in coming out. Zeigler has also broken national stories including the coming out of then-NFL prospect Michael Sam, the late gay brother of NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, transgender Div. 1 NCAA athlete Kye Allums, openly gay football players Wade Davis and Alan Gendreau.
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.
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 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 transathlete.com, 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
On-site parking is available at the Miami Beach Convention Center. A City of Miami Beach public parking garage is also available adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Take FL-836 E / Dolphin Expy E toward I-95 / Downtown. Keep right to take I-395 E toward Miami Beach / US-1 / Biscayne Blvd. I-395 E becomes US-41 E / FL-A1A N / MacArthur Cswy E. Keep right to take US-41 E / FL-A1A N / MacArthur Cswy E toward Miami Beach. Turn slight left onto Alton Rd / FL-907.Turn right onto 17th St. Turn left onto Convention Center Dr. Miami Beach Convention Center is on the right.
Traveling north or south on I-95, exit at 2D toward I-395 E/Miami Beach. Merge onto MacArthur Causeway. Continue onto Florida A1A N/MacArthur Causeway. Turn slight left onto Alton Rd / FL-907.Turn right onto 17th St. Turn left onto Convention Center Dr. Miami Beach Convention Center is on the right.
Traveling north or south on the Palmetto Expressway, exit FL-948/NW 36th St exit toward Miami International Airport. Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto FL-948 E/NW 36th St (signs for Jai-Alai). Use the right lane to take the ramp to FL-112 E. Continue onto FL-112 E. Continue onto FL-112 E/I-195 E. Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 5 for FL-907 S/Alton Rd. Continue straight onto Alton Rd. Turn left onto N Michigan Ave. Turn left onto Dade Blvd. Turn right onto Convention Center Dr. Miami Beach Convention Center will be on the left.
1901 Convention Center Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139