Despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Global LGBTIQ+ Network Conference will go ahead from 20 to 22 October, both at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg and virtually, the organisers have confirmed. See below for how you can take part!
Founded in 2018 by the Thami Dish Foundation, the Global LGBTIQ+ Network is a platform to convene LGBTIQ+ people from across the world and engage in conversations leading to change, empowerment and a shift in thinking.
This is done through a bi-annual conference with a diverse set of speakers, thought leaders and activists who share the values of an inclusive and diverse world.
Due to the current uncertainty and restrictions around the pandemic, 90% of the 2020 conference will take place virtually with only a small group of delegates participating in person from the venue; the iconic and majestic Constitution Hill in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
‘The second iteration of the Global LGBTIQ+ Network Conference is hosted this year under the main theme ‘inclusion and cohesion’ and the sub-theme ‘unifying LGBTIQ+ voices,” says founder Thami Dish. “And once again we are super excited to have partnered with Constitution Hill for the momentous conference when all activities virtual or otherwise will be taking place.”
The conference will be held during South Africa’s Pride month and it is in the spirit of Pride that the Global LGBTIQ+ Network seeks to empower members of the LGBTIQ+ community through affirming conversation, information sharing and knowledge gathering.
“To commemorate Pride Month in South Africa, we raised the Pride flag on Constitution Hill where it will fly high for the entire month of October. While Pride month is most definitely a celebration, our Pride2020 campaign has education and awareness at its core,” commented Constitution Hill CEO Dawn Robertson.
The conference intends to extract best practices, provide support to movements, both emerging and established, and inspire and highlight global activism against oppression.
Confirmed panellists and speakers include Letlhogonolo Moremi of Gaborone Pride, Matt Van As from United Pride of Africa and Cape Town Pride), Soweto Pride’s Siphokazi Nomba, What’s Good’s DJ Lelo, Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng, Emil Wilbekin (Afropunk Chief Content Officer / Founder of Native Sun), Marcus Mabry (VP, Global Programming CNN Digital and co-founder of NABJ’s LGBT Task Force), Luiz de Barros (Founder/Editor Mambaonline.com) and Treyvone Moo (Editor Exit) to name a few.
To take part online in the 2020 Global LGBTIQ+ Network Conference click here to sign up.
Or tune in to the following platforms that will be livestreaming the conference and its various sessions
from 10:00 to 17:30 daily on 20 – 22 October 2020: