HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan to address national LGBT rights conference on Saturday, Jan. 28

January 27, 2012


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Afternoon plenary also features panel to discuss international LGBT issues

What: National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change

Nearly 3,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) allies are in Baltimore this week for the largest national convening of LGBT advocates. They are strategizing and mobilizing at the start of the critical election year.

The National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change is being held through Sunday, January 29.

When: Saturday, January 28, 1:30PM

Who: Opening remarks: U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan will discuss federal efforts to advance the rights and well-being of LGBT people and their families at HUD and beyond.

Donovan's speech will be followed by a panel focusing on international issues: a topic that is making national and global headlines of late following a Presidential Memorandum from President Obama and a historic speech from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the importance of international LGBT human rights. Cary Alan Johnson, executive director of the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission, will moderate a discussion featuring LGBT organizers from around the world.

Panelists include Jake Sullivan, director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State and deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Nisha Ayub, programme manager of the Transgender Programme of the Pink Triangle Foundation of Malaysia; Joel Simpson, founder and co-chairperson of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) in Guyana; and Val Kalende, a noted Ugandan LGBT activist and co-founder of Freedom and Roam Uganda.

Where: Hilton Baltimore Hotel, Key Ballroom, 401 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, Md.

Why: The fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality is generating a national conversation in society and in this critical election year. National and global social and political leaders are uniting and speaking out for LGBT rights and for our common humanity.


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