America's Unfinished Business: An LGBTQ+ Summit

There has been monumental progress on LGBTQ+ rights in recent decades, as mainstream cultural shifts drove wider acceptance and committed allies won long-fought battles at the local, state and federal levels. Same-sex couples won the right to legally marry and all that follows. And despite attempts to block implementation, transgender service members are openly serving in the military.

Yet, as we write this, many Americans continue to suffer daily discrimination, marginalization and violence in their homes, schools, neighborhoods and workplaces, in acts seen and unseen, big and small.

The civil rights that same-sex couples and LGBTQ citizens have secured in the recent decade are fragile and increasingly in doubt in a country that is deeply divided along many lines. LGBTQ+ Americans still face violent discrimination and bias, particularly LGBTQ+ communities of color.

On June 30, 2020 The Hill held a Pride month summit to discuss the fragility of civil rights in America today with a focus on the LGBTQ+ community. The forum focused on constructive paths forward and lessons learned from civil rights advances. 


Tuesday, June 30th

beginning at 11:00 AM Eastern/8:00 AM Pacific 



The Power of Pride

11:00 AM - 

  • Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS), Co-Chair, Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus

11:20 AM - Sponsor Perspective

  • Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President, The Rockefeller Foundation

11:30 AM - 

  • Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO, GLAAD

11:45 AM - 

  • Amit Paley, CEO and Executive Director, The Trevor Project


12:00PM - 1:20PM BREAK


The Power of Partnerships

1:20PM - Sponsor Perspective

  • Bryson W. Thornton, Global Communications Director, Philip Morris International

1:30 PM -

  • Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of Health, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

1:45 PM -

  • Alphonso David, President, Human Rights Campaign

2:00 PM - 

  • Ryan Bos, Executive Director, Capital Pride Alliance

  • Brad SearsAssociate Dean, UCLA School of Law; Distinguished Scholar of Law & Policy, Williams Institute

2:15 PM - 

  • Jerri Ann Henry, VP, Forbes-Tate Partners; Former ED, Log Cabin Republicans

  • Victoria Kirby York, Deputy Director, Advocacy & Action, National LGBTQ Task Force

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM - BREAK


3:15 PM - 

  • Chasten Buttigieg, Author, Activist, Teacher

3:30 PM - 

  • Ianne Fields Stewart, Founder, The Okra Project

3:45 PM - 

  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

4:00 PM - 

  • Adam RipponArtist, Athlete, Activist


Editorial note: While it is generally our policy that sponsors of programs not participate in editorial programs, we feel the leadership of these companies is important to the discussion and have made an exception in this case.




  • Ryan Bos, Executive Director, Capital Pride Alliance
  • Chasten Buttigieg, Author, Activist, Teacher
  • Alphonso David, President, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) 
  • Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS), Co-Chair, Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus
  • Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO, GLAAD
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • Jerri Ann Henry, Vice President, Forbes-Tate Partners; Former Executive Director, Log Cabin Republicans
  • Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of Health, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Amit Paley, CEO and Executive Director, The Trevor Project
  • Adam Rippon, Artist, Athlete, Activist
  • Brad Sears, Associate Dean, UCLA School of Law & Distinguished Scholar of Law and Policy, Williams Institute
  • Ianne Fields Stewart, Founder, The Okra Project
  • Victoria Kirby York, Deputy Director, Advocacy and Action, National LGBTQ Task Force



  • Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Bryson W. Thornton, Global Communications Director, Philip Morris International


  • Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large, The Hill


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