What People Say

While not always recognized as such, the Dallas LGBTQ community has long served as a leader and pacesetter for other communities in the U.S. This symposium will highlight that rich history and its connection to global issues.

Cece Cox
CEO, Resource Center

LBGTQ rights are an important foreign policy issue, and the World Affairs Council is pleased to work with our community partners to bring this discussion to the forefront.

Jim Falk
President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

A coalition of Dallas-based organizations is collectively presenting the Dallas LGBTQ Global Symposium on equality and human rights on February 21, 2020. A diverse group of LGBTQ and ally presenters will highlight Dallas’s rich history of moving from openly opposing to vocally championing human rights and equality. Three dynamic plenary sessions include:

  • The evolution of the Dallas LGBTQ+ community’s quest for equality and its participation in raising awareness in the public and private sectors;
  • Global diplomacy, leadership, and the state of affairs on global equality, featuring former and current LGBTQ+ United States ambassadors and top elected leaders of other countries;
  • CEOs of multinational corporations discussing the hurdles and benefits of an inclusive and diverse workplace that drives exceptional profit.

The coalition includes the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, the Embrey Human Rights Program at Southern Methodist University (SMU), the Cox School of Business at SMU, Resource Center, North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum.

This engaging program provides an extraordinary opportunity to support Dallas and its diverse communities as they take their place on the world stage in promoting global equality and human rights awareness.