The School of Political Leadership LGBTI in the Dominican Republic had its first graduation of 26 alumni in the capital city of Santo Domingo, with the aim of forming leaders from the community.
The school seeks to strengthen the inclusion of openly LGBTI political leaders within the country's political institutions and to provide tools to improve the skills and opportunities of each of the leaders who would participate in any upcoming elections.
This initiative seeks to strengthen their political leadership in the Dominican Republic and acknowledge new references at the local and national levels.
The graduation was held in the Maison Kreyol Restaurant, with the presence of representatives of political parties, diplomats, members of congress, friends and relatives of the students.
Political Leadership School says it offers effective responses to challenges by the community "reinforcing the LGBTI leadership of civil society to reduce violence that this population suffers."
The curriculum combines theory and practice, and students "are given tools to become successful leaders, both in political and electoral processes and in advocacy activities from civil society," according to the school.
The event was organized by the Dominican Diversity organization and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute of the Dominican Republic.
"The school has provided the necessary tools for these 26 students and LGBTI leaders from different provinces to make political life in the face of the next electoral process of 2020 and to contribute to Dominican democracy, enter the spaces of participation of political parties, and possibly aspire and be elected to public positions," Rosanna Marzan Executive Director of Dominican Diversity said.