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LGBTQ+ Inclusion in the Seats of Power: How the Incorporation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Issues and Community Members Makes for Better Diplomacy.

Date & Time

Jun. 22, 2021
2:00pm – 3:00pm ET


This program is the flagship event in our Pride Month celebration at the Wilson Center.  LGBTQI+ issues are baked into diplomatic relations with the international community as well as tensions we still see every day in the United States.  In order to have the strongest, and by proxy most inclusive, domestic and foreign policy leadership-- those in power need to understand and advocate for the queer liberation necessary to achieve equity for all genders and sexual orientations.

This event will spotlight some key voices in the Biden administration who identify as a part of the queer community.  By tracing their career stories from the start to the present, the audience will grapple with the struggles faced by LGBTQI+ individuals on their way to the top.  The panelists will also discuss how their presence and the presence of their LGBTQI+ peers strengthens decision-making. Lastly, we intend to discuss the specific issues that the queer community is facing and must advocate for moving forward.

This event is hosted by the LGBTQI+ Employee Resource Group (ERG) as a part of the Diversity and Inclusion Council

Send questions for our panelists during the event via tweet by using the tag #PrideAtWilson

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The Wilson Center is proud to recognize and celebrate LGBTQI+ Pride Month this June. June is a time to draw attention to the power that visibility has for continuing the fight for equality not only in the United States but also around the world. This month, the Wilson Center will be hosting events and publishing content that examines LGBTQI+ issues through our regional and cross-cutting programs.

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Karine Jean-Pierre Headshot

Karine Jean-Pierre

Principal Deputy Press Secretary and Senior Advisor to the Press Secretary, The White House
Curtis R. Ried Headshot

Curtis R. Ried

Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of Multilateral Affairs, National Security Council

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