February 14 & 15, 2020


Fabrice Houdart- Opening Keynote Speaker


Human Rights Officer, United Nations OHCHR (Global)

Consul General Susan Harper


Consulate General of Canada in Miami (Canada)

Representative David Richardson


Florida House of Representatives (2012-2018). (USA- FL)

John Tanzella


CEO, International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA)  (USA- FL)

Kristin Hansen


Founder & CEO, ELLA International Lesbian Festival (Spain)

Jason Jenkins


Senior Vice President, Communications & Community Affairs, Miami Dolphins (USA- FL)

Kevin Dallas


Chief Executive Officer, Bermuda Tourism Authority (Bermuda)

Myrtille Danse


Director Latin America and the Caribbean, HIVOS (Costa Rica)

Bruna Benevides


Navy Sergeant; Afro-trans activist; Secretary of Political Articulation of ANTRA- National Association of Transsexuals (Brazil)

Cristian King


 Executive Director, TRANSSA (Dominican Republic)

Emma Chacon Alvarado


Activist & Founder of Colectiva IrreversibLes (Costa Rica)

Adam Ropizar


Biomedical Science Major and LGBTQ Ambassador, Florida International University (USA-FL)

Tony Lima


Executive Director, SAVE (USA-FL)



Executive Director of ECADE and New York City Pride 2018 co-Grand Marshall (ST. LUCIA)

Robin Schwartz


 Managing Director, Aqua Foundation for Women (USA- FL)

Luna Sharlotte Humerez Aquino


President of  Otraf-Bolivia (Bolivia)

Alejandro Acosta


 HIV Project Coordinator for Equality Florida (USA-Puerto Rico)

RaShauna Hamilton


Director, Youth Programs and Camps; Miami Dolphins- Football Unites (USA-FL)

Andres Vasquez


Vice President, Cámara de Comerciantes LGBT de Colombia (Colombia)

Dr. Lori Chambers


Researcher & HIV Response Advocate (Canada)

Charlie Rounds


Program Director, Mossier Foundation; co-creator of Alturi News; former President of RSVP Vacations & creator of Give OUT Day. (USA- MN)

Zakiya Lord,


Board of Directors, OUTBermuda  (Bermuda)

Julio Cesar Calvo


President, CÁMARA DE COMERCIO DIVERSA De Costa Rica (Costa Rica)

Carlos Idibouo


National Steering Committee Member, Dignity Network; and Founder of the House of Culture (Canada) 

Candelario Saldana


Summer Associate Law Clerk at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; and President of OUTLaw at the University of Miami (USA- FL)

Mauricio Noguera


 LGBTI Program Officer for Latin America, International Institute on Race, Equality & Human Rights (USA- Washington D.C.)

Kimahli Powell


Executive Director, Rainbow Railroad (Canada)

Rev. Juan del Hierro


Associate Minister, Unity on the Bay (USA-FL)

Gonzalo Aburto


Executive Producer of La Nueva Alternativa & Director of  Latin America Initiative, The Sero Project (Mexico/USA-NY)

Twan Russell


Former Miami Dolphins Linebacker and Youth Programs Ambassador for the Miami Dolphins (USA- FL)

Mayor Sean Strub- Closing keynote speaker


Mayor of Milford, Pennsylvania; long time activist, creator of POZ Magazine, Director of the SERO Project (USA- PA)



Mayor Sean Strub, Mayor of Milford, Pennsylvania (USA)

Mayor Sean Strub is an openly HIV+ pioneer activist who was elected as Mayor of Milford, Pennsylvania in 2017 with 54% of the vote. In the late 1980’s he co-chaired the fundraising committee for ACT UP New York and in 1990 became the first openly HIV+ person to run for a U.S. Congressional race. In 1992 Mayor Strub produced the off-Broadway hit, “The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me,” written by Obie-winning actor and playwright, David Drake. In 1994 he founded the award winning POZ Magazine, and in 2010 Mayor Strub launched the Positive Justice Project with the Center for HIV Law & Policy.  In 2014, he published his memoir, "Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS and Survival" (Scribner, 2014). https://vimeopro.com/endlessecho/bodycounts/video/83648676; and his short film, 'HIV is Not a Crime,' has introduced the problem of HIV criminalization to audiences worldwide. Mayor Strub currently directs The SERO Project, a network of people with HIV and allies fighting for freedom from stigma and injustice.


Fabrice Houdart, Human Rights Officer, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (Global)

Fabrice Houdart works on the Free & Equal campaign, an unprecedented United Nations global public education campaign for LGBT equality. He also leads a project on global LGBTI standards of conduct for Business on tackling LGBTI discrimination which are being rolled out in the World. To date 180 companies representing more than 12 million employees and US$5 trillion in revenues have expressed support for the initiative. Previously, Fabrice was Senior Country Officer at the World Bank where he worked from 2001 to 2016. At the Bank, Fabrice also managed a "Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Development" grant  which provided a first estimate of the economic cost of homophobia and funded  socio-economic surveys of LGBTI people. He has authored analyses on Yemen, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Tunisia and provided contributions to the 2012 Gender World Development Report (WDR) and the 2011 Conflict, Security, and Development WDR. He holds a B.A. in economics and management from Dauphine University in Paris and an MBA from American University in D.C. Fabrice is on the Board of Alturi, a non-profit organization devoted to elevating the LGBTI community globally and a Trustee of ICWA which identifies and cultivates rare potential by immersing promising young professionals in the study of a globally important issue. He lives in New York City with twin sons Maxime and Eitan. Email: Houdart@un.org. Twitter: @HoudartUN

John Tanzella, CEO, International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) (USA- Florida)

John Tanzella is the President/CEO of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) where he manages a $1.3m (USD) budget for the global non-profit tourism association.  They are Headquartered in Florida, with staff located in Washington D.C., Madrid, São Paulo, Bogota, Paris, London and Cape Town.  Tourism business member contacts are over 5,000 located in 82 countries. In marketing its tourism industry members, IGLTA reached 3.4million unique travelers in 2018.  Tanzella created the IGLTA Foundation as the philanthropic arm of the association, supporting the tourism industry with research, education and developing future LGBTQ+ leaders in tourism.  IGLTA is the only LGBTQ+ Associate Member of the The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.  Twitter: @IGLTA

Cristian King, Executive Director, TRANSSA (Dominican Republic)

Cristian King is a founding member of TRANSSA , an organization based in the Dominican Republic to defend human rights of the transgender population by reducing discrimination of sexual orientation and gender identity in institutional, legal, cultural and social settings.

Cristian is also a founder of the Coalition of Dominican LGBTQ Activism; the Coalition of Afro-descendants with Sexual Orientations, Identities and Expression of Gender in Latin America and the Caribbean; the Coalition of Dominican Activists Against HIV and AIDS; and a Board of Directors Member for the National Institute of Health - INSALUD and Substitute Representative of the GTH population (Gays, Trans and MSM) in the National Council for HIV and AIDS- CONAVIHSIDA.

Alessandra Ramos, LGBTI Activist & Member of Transrevolução (Brazil)

Alessandra Ramos is a Brazilian human rights defender and a prominent activist on LGBTI issues.  Alessandra is a member of Transrevolução, a Rio-based group that fights discrimination and promotes discussions of lesbian, gay and transgender issues. As one of the coordinators of the National Forum for Afro-Brazilian transgender people, she helped she helped organize the first National Black Trans Forum in Porto Alegre in 2015.  She also works as a translator and interpreter in several languages, including sign language.

Candelario Saldana, Summer Associate Law Clerk at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP (USA- Florida)

Candelario Saldana graduated from the University of Utah with B.A. degrees in Political Science and Gender Studies. While at Utah, he held several leadership roles within the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center. As Campus AIDS Project Director at Utah, he designed and implemented awareness campaigns, organized speaker events, and oversaw successful fundraising efforts. He also served on the Executive Board for the LGBTQ organization on campus. During his first year at University of Miami School of Law, Candelario participated in an alternative spring break program at the Mississippi Center for Justice in Jackson, working on immigration and food stamp issues. During his 1L summer, he was a legal intern at New York Legal Aid’s Immigration Unit, working with unaccompanied minors. As a second year, he participated in the Immigration Clinic and served on the Race and Social Justice Law Review, International Moot Court, and as Social Chair of OUTLaw. He was awarded runner-up in the Michael Greenberg Writing Competition for his case note on the effects that Trump’s decision to end DACA has on LGBTQ+ dreamers. As a third year law student, he will be the President of OUTLaw and a Fellow for the Immigration Clinic, and will continue to serve on the Race & Social Justice Law Review. Upon graduation Candelario will be joining Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in their Capital Markets practice group. Candelario went from being undocumented to being a Dreamer, and later adjusting his status to Permanent Resident. He hopes to inspire other immigrant youth to continue dreaming!