Unfinished Business: The Atlantic's LGBTQ Summit

December 6, 2017
Washington, DC

Americans’ views of LGBTQ rights have, by and large, been advancing in favor of acceptance and equality at a pace perhaps more rapid than any other modern social or political issue. We live in a country as divided as it has been in decades. What does this ongoing civil rights struggle say about America today? What are some of the benchmarks by which progress is being measured?

We heard a series of conversations on where the LGBTQ movement stands, what its aspirations are, and what obstacles lie ahead.

Program Begins: 2:00 pm ET
Program Ends: 5:00 pm ET

Studio Theatre
1501 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

Reception Begins: 5:00 pm ET
Reception Ends: 

Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel
1430 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005

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  • Shannon Minter
    Shannon Minter Legal Director National Center for Lesbian Rights 
  • Tori Cooper*
    Tori Cooper* HIV Health Educator Positive Impact Health Centers
  • Navy Lt. Cdr. Blake Dremann
    Navy Lt. Cdr. Blake Dremann President SPART*A
  • Maren Greathouse
    Maren Greathouse Director, Tyler Clementi Center Rutgers University
  • Steve Clemons
    Steve Clemons Washington Editor at Large The Atlantic
  • Kimahli Powell
    Kimahli Powell Executive Director Rainbow Railroad
  • Gregg H. Alton*
    Gregg H. Alton* Executive Vice President, Corporate and Medical Affairs Gilead Sciences
  • Alison Stewart
    Alison Stewart Contributing Editor The Atlantic
  • Gregory T. Angelo
    Gregory T. Angelo President Log Cabin Republicans
  • Sam Brinton
    Sam Brinton Head of Advocacy and Government Affairs The Trevor Project
  • Jim Campbell
    Jim Campbell Senior Counsel and Director of the Center for Cultural Engagement and Scholarship Alliance Defending Freedom
  • Lyosha Gorshkov
    Lyosha Gorshkov Co-President RUSA LGBT
  • Jennifer Rubin
    Jennifer Rubin Opinion Writer The Washington Post
  • Caitlin Ryan
    Caitlin Ryan Director Family Acceptance Project San Francisco State University
  • Matt Thompson
    Matt Thompson The Atlantic Executive Editor
  • Matt Thorn
    Matt Thorn President & CEO OutServe-SLDN
  • Rachel B. Tiven
    Rachel B. Tiven CEO Lambda Legal
  • Anna Walker
    Anna Walker Senior Director, Global Policy and Advocacy Levi Strauss & Co.


  • Wednesday, December 06
  • 2:30 p.m.Opening RemarksMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE
  • 2:35 p.m.Rights, Religion and the Role of the Court: The Defendant’s Perspective Rachel Tiven, CEO, Lambda Legal
    With Matt Thompson, Executive Editor, The Atlantic
  • 2:55 p.m.Rights, Religion and the Role of the Court: The Plaintiff’s PerspectiveJim Campbell, Senior Counsel and Director, Alliance Defending Freedom and Center for Cultural Engagement and Scholarship
    Barronelle Stutzman, Owner, Arlene’s Flowers
    With Matt Thompson,The Atlantic
  • 3:15 p.m.Growing Up LGBTQ: Stories and StatisticsCaitlin Ryan, Director, Family Acceptance Project
    Sam Brinton, Head of Advocacy and Government Affairs, The Trevor Project
    Maren Greathouse, Director, Tyler Clementi Center at Rutgers University
    With Alison Stewart, Contributing Editor, AtlanticLIVE
  • 3:45 p.m.Escaping Persecution: LGBT Refugees Lyosha Gorshkov, Co-President, RUSA LGBT
    Kimahli Powell, President, Rainbow Railroad
    With Alison Stewart, AtlanticLIVE
  • 4:00 p.m.Gays in the Grand Old PartyGregory Angelo, President, Log Cabin Republicans
    Jennifer Rubin, Opinion Writer, The Washington Post
    With Steve Clemons,The Atlantic
  • 4:20 p.m.A Future in Flux: Transgender Service Members Matt Thorn, Executive Director, OutServ
    Blake Dremann, Navy Lieutenant Commander & President, SPARTA
    Shannon Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
    With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor At Large, The Atlantic
  • 4:45 p.m.Closing RemarksMargaret Low, AtlanticLIVE
  • 5:00 p.m.Cocktail Reception ​​at Radiator Radiator: 1430 Rhode Island Ave NW
  • 5:30 p.m.Leading with Values in Corporate AmericaAnna Walker, Senior Director, Global Policy and Advocacy, Levi Strauss & Co.
    With Steve Clemons, The Atlantic
  • 6:30 p.m.Cocktail Reception Ends-


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