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International LGBT leaders present “Pride World Forum” in San Diego

These human rights leaders have been selected by U.S. Embassies around the world as influential leaders in their fields and activists for positive social change in their countries.

(San Diego, CA) -- In light of recent events in Orlando, the discussion around public safety and human rights in the LGBT community is at the forefront of public news.

Timely enough, a contingent of LGBT movement leaders from around the globe will participate in a panel discussion titled “Pride World Forum” on Tuesday, June 29 at 5:30 pm at the San Diego LGBT Community Center in Hillcrest.

The San Diego Diplomacy Council is hosting the contingent of leaders who are visiting the United States, June 13 - July 1, as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

This particular group consists of leaders from 23 countries who are involved in LGBT equality work and are focusing on “Human and Civil Rights for the LGBT community” during this visit. While in the U.S., the group will visit 7 cities, ending their trip in San Diego.

At the June 29th forum, 6 members of the contingent will participate in a panel discussion, where community members will have the opportunity to ask them about their work and human rights issues around the globe.

The panel will provide perspectives across multiple regions and nations and include representatives from any of the following countries:  Cabo Verde, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Poland, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Slovakia, South Africa, Taiwan, United Republic of Tanzania, Turkey and Uganda.

While in San Diego, the contingent will also be visiting with representatives from San Diego Pride, San Diego State University’s LGBT Studies Department, The San Diego LGBT Community Center, GLSEN, PFLAG, and other community groups.

The forum gives the community an opportunity to hear from these brave leaders who are fighting for human rights in their home countries.

The San Diego Diplomacy Council is presenting the 3rd annual Pride World Forum in conjunction with San Diego Pride, the San Diego LGBT Community Center and the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

According to Fabienne Perlov, executive director of the San Diego Diplomacy Council, this year’s 3rd Annual Pride World Forum serves to highlight global solidarity in the LGBT community.

“After the tragic events in Orlando, this U.S. Department of State sponsored international delegation’s visit continues to elevate the public’s conversation on human rights and safety in the global LGBT community.

These human rights leaders have been selected by U.S. Embassies around the world as influential leaders in their fields and activists for positive social change in their countries. Hearing their perspectives and experiences will give us an opportunity to strengthen our common resolve in the fight against hate.”

Stephen Whitburn, executive director of San Diego Pride, said that it is important for civil rights activists from around the globe to come together.

“Through interactions like this forum, we have the opportunity to learn about the struggles our community faces around the globe,” said Whitburn.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the San Diego Diplomacy Council and other organizations to give community members the opportunity to learn from and connect with these courageous activists.”

On June 29, doors to The Center’s auditorium will open at 5:30 pm, and the panel presentation, moderated by San Diego Pride’s Fernando Lopez, will begin at 6:00 pm. Community members will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session following the presentation, and the event will conclude with a reception.

The Center is located at 3909 Centre St. in Hillcrest. For more information contact the San Diego Diplomacy Council at 619-291-8105.