Over the past decade, ISC2 has made great strides in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Not in the least at the Security Congress events through its awards, its scholarships, and its choice of diverse (keynote) speakers. I believe this is core to our membership values and essential to the association's mission.
Unfortunately, we have witnessed several states in the US (and some countries) create laws that specifically target LGBTQAI+ individuals. Not in the least the "drag ban" laws in states like Montana and, unfortunately, Tennessee where this year's Security Congress will be hosted. Just this week, a library in Montana has cancelled an event where a trans speaker was planned in light of the local new "drag ban" law (https://twitter.com/ErinInTheMorn/status/1664352646193467393?s=20)
Personally, I strongly believe in not staying away from states that want to or already have decided to criminalize fellow humans. In fact, it is my belief that this is one of the situations where acting ethically (supporting my peers) rises above acting legally (supporting or abiding by "drag bans" or otherwise xenophobic laws).
1) How, if at all, does the association take into account the local laws during the speaker selection processes for Security Congress?
2) How, if at all, will the association ensure our LGBTQAI+ peers can be safe at Security Congress and other events held in locations that are admittedly hostile to them?
Thank you for expressing your concern. We stand firmly against any legislation that is discriminatory in nature and threatens the safety of our members or event attendees. Several weeks back, we issued a statement in support of ensuring a safe and inclusive environment at Security Congress, which you can read here: https://www.isc2.org/notice/ISC2-Statement-on-Security-Congress-2023#
Regarding your questions,
I really enjoyed reading this. Hats off to ISC2 for addressing this subject directly with the event hall and the city of Nashville!
Unrelated to the topic, I highly recommend visiting the Parthenon while in town.