A one day global summit for LGBTIQ human rights

Stay tuned for more about our 5th annual OutSummit December 2019. OutSummit is a one-day conference, hosted by OutRight Action International, a global LGBTIQ Human Rights organization, co-hosted by CUNY School of Law and the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice.

CLE credit units are available.

CLE Credits provided by Community Legal Resource Network at CUNY School of Law — CLE programs are approved for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys. Under Continuing Legal Education regulations, CLE credit will be offered only to those attorneys completing entire sessions; attorneys attending only part of a session are not eligible for partial credit. Attorneys arriving late are welcome to attend the program but will not be eligible for credit.

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OutSummit is the one day conference that brings together international and US-based activists for a day of panels and workshops on human rights relating to sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex issues.
Co-hosted with CUNY School of Law & Sorensen Center.

Registration fee is $75 per person.

CLE credit units are available.
* CUNY Law School Students and Faculty are free.

Financial assistance is available for CLE credits. Sliding-scale ticket prices are available for those in need. For more information, please write to Em Rubey at erubey@outrightinternational.org


Morning Keynote:
Flavia Piovesan
The Protection of LGBTI Rights and
the Inter-American System
Afternoon Keynote:
Karamo Brown


Morning Plenary:
Success Stories from the Frontlines
Afternoon Plenary:
Global Impacts of the Repeal of Article 377 in India


Workshop panel names and speakers are listed below in agenda. More information on the speakers can be found on the Speakers 2018 page

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OutSummit Agenda 2018


Registration & Breakfast

9:30am-9:45am: Welcome

Mary Lu Bilek,Dean of CUNY School of Law
Malita Picasso, Editor-in-Chief of the CUNY Law Review
Roger Doughty, President of Horizons Foundation

Ging Cristobal, OutRight Project Coordinator for Asia and Pacific Islands
Neish McLean, OutRight Caribbean Program Officer

9:45am-10:00am: Opening Keynote

Karamo Brown
LGBTI Rights: The Power of the Media and Personal Stories

10:00am-11:15am: First Plenary

“Success Stories from the Frontlines”
Speakers: Phylesha Brown-Acton, Xeenarh Mohammed, Tarek Zeidan and Kimberly Zeiselman.
Moderated by: Paul Jansen


Coffee & Tea Break

Morning Workshops

“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Advancing LGBTI Rights through the Courts”
Speakers: Remy Choo, Lisa Davis, Chinyere Ezie, and Njeri Gateru
Moderated by: Camille Massey

“Strategies for LGBTIQ Media Representation”
Speakers: Naomi Brussels, Hugo Greenhalgh, Michael Lavers, Luh Maquba, and Nazeeha Saeed
Moderated by: Tod Hill

“LGBTIQ People Navigating Religion and Supported by Spirituality”
Speakers: Amir Ashour, Toni Kruger Ayebazibwe, Amasai Jeke, Rev. Debra Peevey and Lini Zurlia
Moderated by: Keola Whittaker

1:00pm- 2:00pm


2:00pm- 3:15pm
Afternoon Workshops

“LGBTIQ Rights and Business: Symmetries and Challenges”
Speakers: James Heighington, Vinay Kapoor, Suki Sandhu, and CV Viverito
Moderated by: Julie Dorf

“UN-Locked: Diplomats and Officials Fighting to Name SOGI”
Speakers: Pilar Eugenio, Rikki Hennum, Aaron Holtz, Patricia De Silva
Moderated by: Siri May

“LBT: Invisibility and Resilience”
Speakers: Olga Baranova, Caesar, Janset Kalan, and Noor Sultan
Moderated by: Grace Poore

3:15pm- 3:30pm 

Coffee & Tea Break

3:30pm- 3:45pm

Flávia Piovesan
The Protection of LGBTI Rights and the Inter-American System

3:45pm- 5:15pm: Second Plenary

Part 1: “Global Impacts of the Repeal of Article 377 in India”
Speakers: Remy Choo, Njeri Gateru, and Subha Wijesiriwardena
Moderated by: Allison Jernow

Part 2: “The Striking Down of Article 377”
Speakers: Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju
Moderated by: Jessica Stern

5:15pm- 5:45pm


MOMA PS1 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY

OutSummit after party at MoMA PS1

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First Floor

2 Court Square

Long Island City, NY 11101


Voice: 1.212.430.6054

Email: Hello [at] outrightinternational.org