The Dutch MP who introduced the world’s first marriage equality bill will address a one-day conference on LGBTI rights at the NSW Parliament Theatrette on February 29.

Boris Dittrich (pictured), now Human Rights Watch’s LGBT advocacy director, has since travelled to countries such as Uganda to document abuses against sexual minorities.

Other keynote speakers at the LEAP conference include former High Court judge Michael Kirby, who will speak on LGBTI rights and interfaith issues, and Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick.

At the parliamentary plenary session, state politicians including Greens MLC Cate Faehrmann, Nationals MLC Trevor Khan, Liberal MP Bruce Notley-Smith, independent MP Clover Moore and Labor MLC Penny Sharpe will speak about their positions on LGBTI issues. A Q&A session will follow.

The final plenary session invites key community figures, including Australian Marriage Equality national convenor Alex Greenwich and NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Group senior policy advisor Senthorun Raj, to respond to the issues raised by the keynote speakers and the parliamentarians.

The LEAP Conference replaces the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) Oceania Symposium that had been scheduled for this year during Mardi Gras.

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