David Mixner LGBTQ+ Fellowship

David Mixner LGBTQ+ Fellowship

ICWA trustee Fabrice Houdart introduces the David Mixner LGBTQ+ Fellowship


Join us honoring David Mixner by supporting ICWA’s David Mixner LGBTQ+ Fellowship


  • Jean-Pierre Comte, CEO for Barilla North America


  • Fabrice Houdart, ICWA Trustee and Managing Director at Out Leadership
  • Paul Moore, David Bohnett Foundation
  • Catherine Rielly, ICWA Trustee and Executive Director of Rubia, Inc.


  • Kristen Anderson, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Barilla
  • Terrence Meck, The Palette Fund
  • Thomas Roberts
  • Damon Porter

David Mixner LGBTQ+ Fellowship

David Mixner was a towering figure in the global fight for LGBTQ+ rights and ardent advocate of peace and justice. His relentless efforts inspired ICWA to establish the David Mixner LGBTQ+ Fellowship with the support of its trustees and sponsors.

The two-year independent research and writing fellowship enables an outstanding young professional to travel, study and write about international LGBTQ+ issues, fostering a deeper understanding of the global challenges facing the LGBTQ+ community, and its advances.

“ICWA’s deep cultural immersion program gives fellows of high intelligence and promise the time and resources to examine some of the most salient global issues,” ICWA’s Executive Director Gregory Feifer said. “The Mixner Fellowship supports David Mixner’s legacy because the understanding of international societies it cultivates is critical for fostering social change.”

Mixner said in 2003 that he was humbled to have the fellowship named after him, “especially for international work because I’ve done years and years of international work and it means the world to me.”_


The cost of funding the David Mixner LGBTQ+ two-year fellowship is $150,000. We invite you to join our Leader, Sponsors, and Allies to honor Mixner’s memory by supporting the Mixner Fellowship. Contributions of any amount will help empower the next generation of leaders and thinkers to pursue his passion for LGBTQ+ rights and social justice, a tribute to his enduring influence and continuation of his life’s work.

The fellowship reflects ICWA’s commitment to nurturing informed, compassionate engagement with the world.

“Mixner’s life was a journey of courage, love and relentless pursuit of equality,” ICWA Trustee Fabrice Houdart said. “Through the David Mixner LGBTQ+ Fellowship, his spirit will continue to guide and enlighten future generations.”

Sponsorship benefits

  • Recognition on David Mixner LGBTQ+ Fellowship materials including website, dispatches, webinars, podcasts and on social media
  • Invitation to ICWA discussions and other events and programs