The LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance Housing Symposium is a two-day event which explores issues impacting the community’s journey through homeownership.

Including keynote addresses by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and by Congresswoman Angie Craig (D-MN), policy addresses from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, the National Association of Realtors, and The National Fair Housing Alliance.  In addition, the Symposium will feature hot-topic panels with numerous speakers from a variety of leading housing and LGBTQ+ civic organizations, government entities, and real estate industry leaders. Discussions will include the future of the Equality Act, the impact of HUD’s recent stance on discrimination against LGBTQ+ people, Fair Housing and Policy updates at NAR, discrimination and the mortgage industry, commentary on the Biden administration’s efforts to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people and so much more.

The Alliance will also debut its first Housing Review which examines how discrimination from youth to “golden” years impacts LGBTQ+ homeownership levels.


Wednesday, April 28: 12:00PM - 4:00PM CST

Ryan Weyandt – CEO, LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance

John Thorpe – President, LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance

Jonathan Lovitz – Candidate; PA House of Representatives District 182

TBA – Sr. Advisor on LGBTQ Policy, Biden Administration

Join HRC as we discuss the progress of the Equality Act

Lisa Rice – CEO, National Fair Housing Alliance

Join 2021 Alliance President John Thorpe as he sits down with leaders of the industries premier diverse segment organizations to discuss the real issues facing each group today, as well as how our organizations can collaborate as champions for fair housing.  (NAREB was invited and declined to participate.)

The Alliance – John Thorpe – President, LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance (Moderator)

NAHREP – Noerena Limon – SVP of Public Policy & Industry Relations

AREAA – Tim Hur – Incoming 2022 National President

VAREP – Son Nguyen – Founder & President

United States Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH); Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee.

Bryan Greene – VP of Policy Advocacy, National Association of Realtors

Chris Suranna – Alliance Advocacy & Policy Council Co-Chair Realtor® (M)

Mark Mansour – ‘21 Chair of NAR’s Professional Standards Committee; ’20 Vice Chair of Professional Standards Committee + Realtor®

Leigh York – ’19 Chair of NAR’s Professional Standards Committee; ’20 Chair of PS Interpretations & Procedures Board + Realtor®

Matt Difanis – ’20 Chair of NAR’s Professional Standards Committee; ’21 Chair of PS Interpretations & Procedures Board + Realtor®

Join Alliance VP of Communications + PR as we close out the day with chatting with PFLAG’s North Atlantic Regional Director, William Placek.  David and William will dive into current issues and look at items currently on the radar at PFLAG.  This is a BYOB session!

Thursday, April 29: 10:00AM - 2:00PM CST

Ryan Weyandt – CEO, LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance

Chris Suranna – Alliance Advocacy & Policy Council Co-Chair

Tim Garvey – Alliance Advocacy & Policy Council Co-Chair

Guest TBA

Kimber White – President, National Assn of Mortgage Brokers (M)

Krystal Thomas – Industry Relations & Member Engagement, Mortgage Bankers Association (M)

Kathy Cummings – SVP; Homeownership Solutions & Affordable Housing Programs, Bank of America

Kay Marshall – SVP; Capital Markets Client Strategy Manager, Truist

Sodi Nichols – VP; Sales and Business Development Manager, U.S. Bank

Maxwell Koziol – Executive Director, Sr. Lending Manager,  Chase

Sasha Samberg-Champion – Deputy General Counsel for Enforcement, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

Stephanie Rall; VP of Industry Relations – (M)

Sherry Chris; CEO – Realogy Expansion Brands

Jason Abrams; Head of Industry – Keller Williams

Chris Stuart; CEO – HSF Affiliates, LLC

The red hot housing market has achieved a number of milestones with record low inventory, high demand and now more real estate agents than homes for sale. The industry wants to attract young talent, but how do new agents survive and successfully launch in a market like this?

David Siroty – VP of Communications and PR, LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance

Carmen Mercado – Affordable Lending Business Development Manager, Freddie Mac

Shivaughn Ferguson – Sr. Assoc. Dir. Of Enforcement & Investigations, NFHA (M)

Kasandra Alicea – Trans Activist + Realtor® at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS

Billie Simmons – Co-Founder at Daylight

James Monastero – Branch Manager at HomeVantage Mortgage


Ryan Weyandt – CEO, LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance (M)

Michael Bourque – CEO, Canadian Real Estate Association

Anthony Hitt – CEO, Engel & Volkers Americas

Tami Bonnell – CEO, EXIT Realty International

Leslie Rouda Smith – 2021 President Elect, National Association of Realtors

2020 saw a new rainbow wave of LGBTQ+ victories. There were nearly 600 out candidates on the ballot. State and local wins are a leap forward for LGBTQ acceptance and a sign of growing demand for acceptance and equality. 

Mary Mancera – VP of Business & Relationship Management, LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance (M)

Senator Kim Jackson, (D-GA) – Georgia General Assembly

Senator Greg Razer, (D-MO) – Missouri General Assembly



"This event offers folks a chance for to gather, talk about the items in policy and advocacy that they're passionate about, and connect directly with influencers. We're so pleased to be able to bring so many talented leaders together for such critically important topics."
Ryan Weyandt
CEO - LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance
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