The 2014 LGBT Health Forum

Global LGBT Health & Rights


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The annual LGBT Health Forum is a high profile public event that showcases the accomplishments of LGBT Health Policy and Practice students and shines a spotlight on vital health issues facing LGBT people in the United States and globally, including such topics as insurance reform, DOMA, human rights, and HIV/AIDS, among others. The Forum features talks and a roundtable discussion with researchers, activists, and policy experts in the area of focus. Participants take stock of progress and share ideas in person as well as through a simultaneous worldwide webcast of the event to those unable to attend in person. The event also offers several ways for the program to recognize and promote corporate, foundation, and individual donors.


Global LGBT Health & Rights

The arc of justice for LGBT people in the United States is bending across the world. As a result, broader public awareness and understanding is critical to the next quarter century of social progress and justice. Millions of LGBT activists, advocates and allies around the world remain relatively unknown to the American public, including their courageous struggle against anti-LGBT laws, ongoing persecution and violence, and efforts by extreme anti-LGBT Americans to export hateful rhetoric and misinformation abroad. The Forum provides a dynamic stage in the nation’s capital to debate, educate, and communicate the state of the global movement.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 7:00 PM

Media and Public Affairs Building, The George Washington University
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Event Webcast Worldwide For Those Not In Attendance

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Nils Daulaire

Former Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), U.S. Representative on the World Health Organization’s Executive Board and on the Board of the Global Fund. During the Clinton Administration was the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy and Senior International Health Advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Julie Dorf

Senior Advisor for the Council for Global Equality, founded and directed the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) from 1990 to 2000. Currently serves on the board of directors of Freedom to Marry and PowerPAC; on the advisory boards of Human Rights Watch's LGBT Rights Program and IGLHRC; as well as on the Northern California Finance Committee of J-Street.

Javier Vasquez 

For more than 15 years, Javier Vasquez has practiced international human rights law with particular emphasis on reproductive rights, the rights of indigenous peoples and disability rights, among others. Currently, he is the Human Rights Law Advisor with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).  He advises PAHO Member States, civil society, multilateral organizations, universities and international/regional treaty bodies (such as the IACHR) on human rights issues

Michael Weinstein

President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization. Before becoming involved in HIV/AIDS related issues in the 1980s, he was a businessman and graphic designer. Since 1986, Mr. Weinstein has been a leader in the fight against HIV and AIDS. As president and co-founder of AHF, he oversees an $860-million organization whose mission is to provide “cutting-edge medicine and advocacy regardless of ability to pay.”

Voice From The Field: Ntlotleng Mabena

Ntlotleng Mabena is the Operations Manager at the Centre for HIV/AIDS Prevention Studies in Johannesburg, South Africa, where Mabena helps the government to set up male circumcision clinics. She works particularly for and with disadvantaged groups, such as her recent masters thesis on black lesbian women living in townships. Mabena trained general practitioners to perform safe medical termination of pregnancies through the Society for Family Health’s Sisterhood Network programme. But her end goal is still women’s health, for which she hopes to become an innovator, clinician and rights activist.

Special Presentation: Jack Andraka

Jack Andraka is a Maryland high school student who at age 15 developed a novel paper sensor for pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer that costs 3 cents and takes 5 minutes to run. This discovery has led to Jack winning the Gordon E. Moore award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair as well as being honored by the White House, being featured on 60 minutes, and delivering a TED talk with over 3.5 million views. He is also a passionate advocate for open-access publishing and was given the  Champions of Change award by the White House for his efforts. Currently, Jack is working on various environmental and medical projects.

Featured Panelist: Maeve McKean

Maeve McKean is currently on detail to the State Department’s Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator serving as the Senior Advisor for Human Rights.  She previously was the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs  at the U.S. Department of Health and Human where she was the office’s lead on human rights policy issues, including women and children’s health and LGBT health.



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Forum Program (PDF) Here