About GPEL

We believe that when brought together, small groups of emerging LGBTQ leaders can accelerate the pace of change in their home communities and help end violence and discrimination against LGBTQ people worldwide.

The Global Partnership for Emerging Leaders brings together emerging leaders in the human rights LGBTQ community for an annual fellowship. Each fellow participates in an annual summit, a year long project with their peers, and a closing summit which includes a presentation of their project and individual work. Each new group adds to a growing network of LGBTQ human rights defenders who can support one another in their individual work in their home communities while working collaboratively to fight discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity worldwide.

The Global Partnership for Emerging Leaders is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Our Values

  • We all have the same human rights.
  • We all have the right to feel strong, safe and liberated regardless of our sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • We believe that given the space, small groups of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer human rights defenders can make a big impact on global LGBTQ human rights progress.
  • We believe in emerging leaders' ability to teach and empower each other.
  • We believe that the individuals who work on LGBTQ rights, even if not an emerged leader, deserve a platform to share their work.
  • We believe that numerous small groups, with deep bonds, working together as a global LGBTQ human rights network is a crucial component to accelerating the pace of positive change for LGBTQ communities worldwide.


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