LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Keynote speakers

We are proud to confirm the following keynote speakers...Download full biographies and read more about the speakers here.

Panel 1 - LGBTI Politics Panel Debate


  • Anna Grodzka, newly elected and the first openly trans Member of Polish Parliament, president of Trans-Fuzja, trans rights organisation in Poland
  • Robert Biedroń, newly elected and the first openly gay Member of Polish Parliament, president of Campaign Against Homophobia, leading Polish LGBT rights organisation
  • Robin Brand, deputy executive director at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Leadership Institute.

Panel 2 - Traditional Values and Human Rights Panel

  • Emma Bonino, Vice President and Member of the Italian Senate, formerly European Commissioner for Health & Consumer Protection and Member of the European Parliament.
  • George Tugushi, Georgian Ombudsman

Panel 3 - LGBTI History Panel

  • Jeffrey Dudgeon, won the landmark Dudgeon vs UK case at the European Court of Human Rights in 1981. The judgment led to decriminalisation of consenting same-sex sexual acts to Europe.
  • Joke Swiebel, former Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Labour Party and Chair of the EP Intergroup on LGBT Rights.
  • Angelo Pezzana, founder of the first Italian gay liberation movement “Fuori!”