News magazine The Economist held a 24-hour event exploring LGBT diversity and inclusion across New York, London and Hong Kong on May 24.
This year's event focused on evaluating how advocacy can translate discussions on LGBT equality into meaningful action to improve the legal rights and societal treatment of LGBT people worldwide.
Some of the topics discussed included:
Where the intersection lies between corporate and moral responsibility and how a meaningful shift in company culture must begin in the boardroom
What it means to be an advocate and how the roles of individuals and businesses have evolved as external conditions continue to change
The implications for executive teams that fail to recognize the importance of their own actions in influencing change within their companies
How policymakers and business leaders can hold back a tide of regressive politics around the world
The role of social media as a vehicle for progress
The Economist Intelligence Unit's new research into the future of advocacy
Where and how to act and invest to ensure continued progress in the recognition of LGBT rights across the world
Speakers at the Hong Kong event included Hong Kong LGBT lawmaker, Raymond Chan, Japan's first transgender lawmaker, Tomoya Hosoda, Philippine's first transgender lawmaker, Geraldine Roman, and activist and co-chair of Beijing Queer Film Festival, Wei Xiaogang.
Watch highlights of 2018's summit below: