World Congress of Families
The World Congress of Families is a project of the Illinois-based Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society, founded in 1997 by conservative historian Allan Carlson. The Howard Center has a relatively small budget but works with organizers and funders in host countries to throw the annual World Congress, which it calls the “Olympics” of social conservatism.
The World Congress of Families seeks to promote its vision of the “natural family” around the world, including by resisting international efforts to protect the rights of women and LGBT people. The World Congress of Families is currently led by Brian Brown, the president of the National Organization for Marriage, who has become increasingly active in international anti-LGBT causes.