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ILGA Secretary general
Renato Sabbadini
Linguist by training, assistant to Professor Monica Berretta at the University of Bergamo (Italy, 1995-1998), first openly gay city councillor in Bergamo (Italy, 1995-2004), former...
The Yogyakarta Principles
Advancing Human Rights for Lesbians and Bisexual Women
For Human Rights Instruments to be effective we need to ensure their use, promotion and implementation. In this the 60th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration on...
Between Women
Between Women
Writing about women who have sex with women with a focus on sexual desire aren’t common, neither in the LGBT community nor in society at large. Women’s sexuality is all...
The Experience of Lesbians & Bisexual Women
Northern Ireland
Lesbian Line celebrates its 30th anniversary next year as a ‘distinct’ organisation and its 35th anniversary as part of the CaraFriend organisation - set up 1974. During...
Lesbian Line, Northern Ireland
MEEM, a new LBTQ group
Meem is a community of and for LBTQ women in Lebanon.
Meem is a community of and for LBTQ women in Lebanon. LBTQ is defined as women who self-identify as lesbian, bisexual, transgender (including male-to-female and female-to-male),...
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Open Job Position in ILGA
ILGA is inviting applications for the position of: FINANCE, ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT OFFICER. This full time position is based in the ILGA secretariat, Brussels,...
Open Job Position in ILGA
ILGA seeks to hire a Finance, Administration And Organizational Support Officer
ILGA (International Lesbian and Gay Association) is inviting applications for the position of: FINANCE, ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT OFFICER. This full time position...
Europe-Africa meeting in Lisbon
African and European LGBT organizations call on all States to fight homophobia and to adopt the Yogyakarta Principles
Homophobic laws are still in place in many African states, violating the fundamental rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people. On the occasion of the Europe-Africa...
Breast and Uterus Cancer Prevention
La Différence en Question involved in awareness raising
Early 2007, ILGA launched the “Breast and Uterus Cancer” prevention leaflet in English and Spanish, which was originally coordinated in French and in Dutch by ILGA with the Belgian...
La Différence en Question
11th ILGA-Europe's Annual Conference
Delegates of ILGA-Europe annual conference experience first-hand discrimination and resistance in Vilnius
... but are united and determined to work together for Europe of equality and respect On 25-28 October 2007, almost 200 delegates from all over Europe gathered in the Lithuanian...
Gaining the right to speak at the UN
UN Committee recommends not to grant RFSL's application for status at the UN
May 17, 2007 United Nation’s NGO Committee has voted today, with 8 against and 6 in favor, to recommend denial to RFSL’s application for Ecosoc status at the UN. The final decision...
Responding to questions from the Greens
Two official answers from the German government on LGBT issues
Last fall the German Green party asked two formal sets of questions to the German government on LGBT rights globally. The formal answers contain both a general overview of the LGBT...
LGBT voices at the United Nations
Wages due Lesbians at the UN since 1998
Before ILGA-Europe and the Danish and German federations, LBL and LSVD were granted ECOSOC status last November 2006, only two other groups, two lesbian organisations, enjoyed the...
What is “Lesbophobia”?
Since they are women, lesbians suffer a double discrimination by society: the first is society’s hostility towards homosexuals because of their sexual orientation; the second...
SOS Homophobie
200 European delegates gathered in Sofia
10th ILGA-Europe annual conference: birthday cake in family circle
On 26-29th October 2006 almost 200 delegates from all over Europe gathered for the 10th ILGA-Europe annual conference in Sofia. The conference theme was “We are family: our families...
Sofia - Bulgaria
Annual conference – celebrating families and 10 years of ILGA-Europe!
Between 26 and 29 October 2006, over 200 delegates from all over Europe will gather in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia for the ILGA-Europe’s 10th annual conference (ILGA’s 28th annual...
ILGA Europe
ADEFRA Declaration
Violence against lesbian women in Africa
On behalf of the participants at the conference celebrating the twentieth anniversary of ADEFRA (Black Women in Germany), from September 22-24, 2006, we, members of European,...
Press Release of Rainbow Association
Cancellation of the LGBT March in Bursa
Our legal march has been suspended with the reason of an illegal aggressive protest! Our legal demonstration with a legal permission on 06.08 2006, called Homosexuals do have...
Gay Pride
Gay march cancelled in Bursa
Angry crowd ensures gay march in Bursa is canceled after protests. Police have been forced to cancel a planned demonstration by gay rights activists in Bursa after anti-gay protesters...
Kaos GL
Riga Pride
Fascists Throw Excrement at Riga Pride Marchers
RIGA - A total of 14 people have been detained for attacks on representatives of sexual minorities in the Latvian capital Riga on Saturday during the gay and lesbian pride festival. National...
Freedom of the Press
Gay and Lesbian Magazine Banned in Turkey
Kaos GL magazine is banned! The 28th Summer 2006 issue of Kaos GL, the only homosexual magazine in Turkey, has been confiscated by Ankara 12th Justice Court on the same day it...
Kaos GL
Homophobia in Europe
European Parliament's Resolution on Racism and Homophobia is Welcome, Timely and Needed
On 15 June 2006, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the increase of racist and homophobic violence in Europe. ILGA-Europe welcomes this resolution and joins the...
Pride Marches
Gay rights march in Warsaw comes amid intensified struggle
WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Gay rights activists and politicians from throughout Europe plan to march through Warsaw Saturday in a show of support for homosexuals, who are waging an...
Transphobic Violence
Transexual Murdered in Portugal
Gisberta, who was a Brasilian immigrant, transexual, HIV positive, sex-worker, homeless, and had drug problems, was found dead on the 22th of February inside a pit 10 metres deep,...
Jó Bernardo and Sérgio Vitorino
UK Marriage
Lesbian couple married in Canada seek legal recognition in the UK
High Court London, London: "This case is a historic legal challenge to the UK’s non-recognition of same-sex marriage. If they win in the High Court, it will pave the way for...
Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger
Warsaw Pride
Warsaw gives go-ahead to gay pride parade
WARSAW (Reuters) - Warsaw's conservative authorities will allow a gay pride parade in the Polish capital later this month after rejecting similar requests for the last few years,...
Dutch Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender organisation COC applies for status at UN
In the frame of ILGA's campaign to support LGBT groups in their application to get observer status at the United Nations, we are glad to publish the following press release from...
COC Nederland
Pride Moscow
Moscow pride ends with violence, injuries, arrests
An attempt to stage Moscow's first-ever gay-pride march ended with violence, injuries and mass arrests May 27. Activists took to the streets even though Mayor Yuri Luzhkov had...
Poland Pride
LEGAL: Polish Gays Win Legal Battle for Freedom of Gathering in Public
WARSAW, Poland (Warsaw Independent): Poland's Supreme Administrative Court (NSA) upheld an earlier administrative court ruling, effectively supporting the right of homosexuals...

Another Turkish gay rights group risks closure in the city of Bursa
The governor of Bursa has asked the courts to order the closure of a newly formed gay rights group in the city of Bursa. On March 3, 2006 Rainbow Solidarity and Cultural...
Kaos GL
Ruth Baldacchino
Ruth Baldacchino
I have been involved as an LGBTIQ activist since I began my work with the Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) where I was a member of the Executive Committee. I was Secretary General...
Register now for next ILGA World Conference
The next world conference of the International Lesbian and Gay Association ILGA, will be held in Geneva, from March 27th to April 3rd 2006.
The next world conference of the International Lesbian and Gay Association ILGA, will be held in Geneva, from March 27th to April 3rd 2006. It will be organised by a coalition of...
Moscow Pride
Moscow Mayor Press-Secretary Sergei Tsoi: “Moscow authorities will not allow the conduct of gay pride in any form”
Moscow authorities admit they will suppress the march in case it takes place illegally According to Interfax news agency Moscow authorities will not allow the conduct of gay...
Russian gays express their outrage
Muslim leader in Russia calls to killings of gays and mass protests against Moscow gay pride
Russian Muslims can arrange serious protest actions if representatives of sexual minorities try to stage a gay parade later in May, according to Interfax news agency. ‘Protests...
Czech Happenings
Klaus rejects PM's call in support of homosexual partnership
PRAGUE- President Vaclav Klaus rejects the appeal of PM Jiri Paroubek (Social Democrats CSSD), who asked Klaus to sign the bill on registered partnership of homosexuals into law,...
Same sex partnerships in the Czech Republic
President Klaus against same-sex bill
PRAGUE- President Vaclav Klaus will probably not sign the bill on registered partnership of homosexuals passed by the Senate on Thursday, the daily Mlada fronta Dnes writes. Klaus...
State Homophobia in Russia
The President of Bashkortostan denounced the propagation of same-sex love
January 26, 2006. "... We need to limit the propagation of same-sex love on central television channels..." This statement came from the mouth of Murtaza Rakhimov, President...
European Union
European Parliament resolution on homophobia in Europe
The EP voted an amended resolution on homophobia with great majority 468 in favour 149 against 41 abstentions (roll call voting list in attachment) European Parliament resolution...
Rising Homophobia in Eastern Europe
European Parliament to vote against homophobia in Europe
Tonight at 7 pm, the European Parliament will debate a resolution on homophobia in Europe, which was agreed by all major political groups at the Parliament. The debate can be...
Kaos GL Association will not be closed
Turkish gays win first legal victory on road to EU
Reuters, 12 October 2005 Turkish gays on Wednesday 12 October 12 2005 won their first victory since the start of European Union entry talks last week when prosecutors rejected...
Sign a petition to the President of Latvia
Homophobic constitutional amendment in Latvia
On 15 December 2005, the Latvian Parliament adopted a constitutional amendment clarifying that marriage is a union of a man and a woman only. The amendment was initiated earlier...
Adoption for same-sex couples
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Belgium to allow adoption by same sex couples
Opening the right of adoption to same sex couples in Belgium. Only absolute equality is equality.
While on the 1st December, the members of the Belgian Federal Parliament will be called to vote on the proposed law to allow adoption by same sex couples, ILGA (International Lesbian...
Protest action - Poland's equality body is under threat
Last Friday (Nov. 4th) the Polish Prime Minister announced that the office of Plenipotentiary for Equal Status, a central administration body responsible for the delivery of...
Ankara’s deputy governor threatens to shut down an LGBT organisation
On 15 September the deputy governor of Ankara said that official registration of an LGBT organisation in existence since 1994 is against the laws and morality rules and therefore...
Turk governor demands closure of gay group
Reuters - September 19, 2005 - By Selcuk Gokoluk The governor of Turkey's capital Ankara has asked the courts to order the closure of a newly formed gay rights group, a move...
Homophobia, Lesbophobia, what difference does it make?
Lesbian women often face multiple discriminations; first the general sexism that all women have to face, and then the same homophobia that gay and bisexual men face. To quantify...
SOS Homophobie
The Conference will Coincide with Moscow’s Planned 2006 Pride Activities that Mayor has Vowed to Ban.
The first International Day against homophobia was celebrated on 17th May 2005, 15 years exactly after the World Health organization decided to remove homosexuality from its list...
Project GayRussia.ru
Join the Contest to Design the Logo for the 2006 Moscow Pride Events
A competition to design the official logo for Moscow Gay Pride has been launched today August 10th. Pride is to be staged for the first time in the Russian capital on May 27 next...
Project GayRussia.Ru
Eastern Europe: 6th attempt to ban a Pride event
Moscow Mayor said he will not allow first gay pride in the Russian capital
Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov will not allow to conduct the first ever gay pride in the Russian capital. According to him, he has not yet received the application with the request to...
Gay Russia
Under strong pressure of COC Netherlands
Netherlands stops expulsion homosexual asylum seekers to Iran
Netherlands stops expulsion homosexual asylum seekers to Iran Under strong pressure of COC Netherlands which were followed by questions from the Democratic party D66, the Dutch...
Violence for the first Pride march in Latvia
Juris Lavrikovs, activist and current communication officer of ILGA-Europe reports on the first Pride March in Riga, Latvia, his home country.
On the Riga Pride, please also read the following articles: A statement by the organisers of the Pride...
First LGBT Pride March in Riga to go ahead
A Latvian Court has ordered that a ban on Latvia's first LGBT Pride march be lifted.
The ban was put in place at the instigation of Prime Minister Kalvitis, who had earlier issued a statement that he "as head of the government, cannot accept that a parade of sexual...
Spain and Canada open marriage to same-sex couples
Our country takes a further step on the road of freedom and tolerance says Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero
The Spanish parliament approved this morning a new law which will allow same sex marriages and adoptions. The vote in the 350-seat Congress of Deputies was 187 in favour, 147 against...
In an Open Letter to the President and Prime Minister of Poland and EU Leaders ILGA demands Action
Aleksander Kwasniewski, President of the Republic of Poland, Marek Belka, Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, Anthony Blair, Future President of the Council of the European...
The witch-hunt against homosexuals in Poland grows in strength.
Politicians of the League of Polish Families and the Law and Justice Party, using ignorance and negative stereotypes about gays and lesbians in Polish society, manipulate fear...
2,500 Brave the Official Ban on the Warsaw Pride March to Celebrate Diversity
Various associations around the world have joined local Polish groups Equality Foundation, Campaign against Homophobia, Lambda Warszawa, and ILGCN Polska in their protest against...
Support for the Warsaw Pride March Gathers
This week the Polish Union of Jewish Students has decided to join ILGA and other LGBT-rights movements in condemning the banning of the Warsaw pride march
The Polish Union of Jewish Students protests against the banning of Warsaw Pride 2005. The only aim of that demonstration is to promote tolerance and equality of all citizens....
Referendum on same sex partnership in Switzerland
Switzerland becomes the first people in the world to directly approve same sex partnerships
When the Swiss Parliament decided by a 3/4 majority to accept the same-sex partnership law in June 2004, the LGBT community knew they could expect some reactions from the most conservative...
A constitution for Europe
Will French 'No' vote undermine protections against discrimination?
On 29 May 2005, the French electorate voted ‘No’ on the European Constitution’s referendum. Despite the call from Brussels that the ratifications of the Constitution should continue...
ILGA Europe
Turkish Authorities and Prison Staff Actively Encourage Fellow Inmates to Brutalize Gay-Rights and Peace Activist Mehmet Tarhan
London 1 June 2005 "Imprisoned Turkish gay activist and conscientious objector Mehmet Tarhan is being violently abused in the military jail at Sivas in eastern Turkey," reports...
Warsaw Pride banned by Mayor
Let's show that there is no permission for lawlessness and injustice in Poland, a member of the European Union.
Concerned with the recent declarations made by the Mayor of Warsaw, Lech Kaczynski, that he would again ban a legal and peaceful Equality Parade in violation of the Polish Constitution,...
Equality-Campaign/Homophobia-Lambda W.-ILGCN P.
EU Parliament supports the Day against Homophobia
It remains our duty, as an enlarged European Union, to continue the struggle against the moral discrimination and physical violence related to sexual orientation
“The European Parliament has always fought for equality and the defence of human rights and supports the campaign against homophobia in the context of the wider struggle for the...
Gays protest Saudi brutality
Human rights, gay rights! Stop the Saudi killers! chanted 25 lesbian and gay activists outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in London today, Tuesday 17 May 2005. The London protest...
The Pride in Chisinau is not threatened
Moldovan authorities deny the right for peaceful manifestation of LGBT manifestation
Municipal authorities of Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, have refused to authorize a peaceful manifestation in support of anti-discrimination legislation for sexual minorities....
Gender Doc
UNCHR 2005 - Supportive governments
The European Union stresses the unacceptability of any discrimination based on sexual orientation
During Item 6 (Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and all Forms of Discrimination) on Monday March 21, Luxemburg as the EU presidency made a forceful statement condemning...
ILGA Panel at the 61rst UNCHR
Make sure the Unions understand ....
It does not surprise me that you get to these good practices through a work of years, and our good unions have done quite a bit of work. But I want to mention the issue of women’s...
LGBT Voices from the UN / 2005
This is not an issue that will go away without receiving proper attention. It must be dealt with according to law. It requires only the initiative of a few states, drawn from all regions, to begin discussions...
ITEM 14: VULNERABLE GROUPS Mr Chairman, The International Service for Human Rights, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the Human Rights Council of Australia acknowledge...
ILGA team in Geneva
Jackie Lewis
Jackie Lewis (UNISON, UK) has been a trade union and human rights activist for around 25 years. She works in a local authority in London and is a member of the National Lesbian and...
ILGA Europe
ILGA team in Geneva
Deborah Lambillotte
Deborah Lambillotte (Holebifederatie, Belgium) is an intersexual gender activist. After years of involvement in the Italian Arcigay, Arcilesbica and ArciTrans, she returned to Ghent...
World March of Women
It’s up to us to start building an European Lesbian Network
During a meeting of the World March of Women against violence and poverty, the French representatives proposed the idea of a European Lesbian meeting. The Lesbian co-ordinating body...
The European Parliament Votes in Favor of Protecting LGBT Rights Abroad
The United Left (GUE/NGL) and the Greens (VERT/ALE) had submitted amendments on the initiative of LSVD and ILGA-Europe about the situation in Jamaica (homophobia and sodomy law)...
Philipp Braun, LSVD
Kaos writes to European Officials
Justice Commission and Parliament have refused to respond to the petitions for equality by the LGBT community in the New Turkish Penal Code
In the letter Kaos GL asked them to persuade Turkish government officials and the Turkish Parliament to make some amendments to the draft law in order to address discrimination and...
Reports suggest that local police are well aware of the problem but choose not to intervene
Maria admits that in the beginning “she was against going” and only went along to accompany her boyfriend. “But when I entered the toilets and saw condoms, paper towels even sperm...
Diario de Noticias
ILGA team in Geneva
Joel Behmoras
Joel Behmoras is President of Beit Haverim ("House of Friends" in Hebrew). Founded in 1977. this Gay and Lesbian Jewish group is one of...
Lambda Istanbul and Kaos GL are hoping that a trial due April 6, 2005 will help Turkey end torture and violence against transgender people
On November 17, 2004 a transvestite by the name of Hulya was working as a sex worker on Baghdad Street in Istanbul. After she had sex with one of her customers, he asked her to...
A First for Turkey’s Gays and Lesbians
Turkish government officials attend conference on Human Rights for the LGBT community
On February 2005 for the first time Turkish government officials and embassies of Western countries attended a series of conferences concerning issues regarding Turkish gays and...
Tolerance Festival Threatened in Poland
Help Make Sure that this Year's Festival takes place!
The festival “Culture for Tolerance” is organized by the Krakow branch of Campaign Against Homophobia. Its goal is to introduce the theme of homosexuality into the public...
State Homophobia in Belarus
Belarusian government begins anti-gay campaign linking homosexuality to drugs and foreign influence
“… we have to show our society in the near future, what ‘they’ (the European Union and the United States) are doing here, how they are trying to turn our girls into prostitutes,...
Sementsov Svyatoslav, Vstrecha Gay Group
New controversial EU Commission's strategy
Are equality and non-discrimination made redundant in the EU?
On 2 February 2005, the European Commission presented a long-awaited strategy entitled “Working together for growth and jobs - A new start for the Lisbon strategy”. The strategy...
ILGA Europe
State Homophobia in Greece
A new homophobic attack by the National Council for Radio and Television
On December 21, 2004 the National Council for Radio and Television (ESR) attempted to put an end to an entertainment and news radio show for lesbians and gays - the only one of its...
A letter to the President of the European Parliame
I turn to you to bring Britain to take its responsibility towards unfair dismissing genuine gay asylum applications
Hamburg 19th,12,2004 Dear President of the EU Parliament, Your honourable Mr Josep Borell Fontelles. Your Excellency, I thank you very much for your letter dated 28th of...
Jimmy Leon / African-rapport
UN - Brazilian resolution
EU Priorities for the 60th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights
Meeting of the Human Rights EU Contact Group, European Parliament, Brussels 3 February 2004 CONTRIBUTION BY ILGA-EUROPE, THE EUROPEAN REGION OF THE INTERNATIONAL LESBIAN...
Combating sexual orientation discrimination
European Group of Experts reviews legislative measures taken by the Member States of the European Union to combat sexual orientation discrimination
We are pleased to inform you that the report of the Group of Independent Experts on combating sexual orientation discrimination has been published. The 635 pages report consists...
World trade union LGBT rights network launched
A major step forward for the trade union movement and for LGBT campaigners
The TUC and the global trade union movement have created a network for LGBT campaigns to help trade unionists put pressure on the International Labour Organisations (ILO) and the...
EU: an opportunity for LGBT rights in Turkey
ILGA-Europe urges the EU to include the rights of LGBT people in the human rights monitoring process and as a part of assessing Turkey's preparedness to join the Union
On 17 December 2004, leaders of the European Union agreed to start membership negotiations with Turkey in 2005. Although the negotiations might take up to 15 years and there is...
Declaration in favour of Gay and Lesbian equality
About the proposed law for the recognition of marriage rights for lesbians and gays
Dear friends, In the last weeks here in Spain, we have been witness to an important social debate about the civil law reform that will recognise the right of marriage for lesbians...
A brief History of the LGBT Movement in Turkey
From the 70ies to the First Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Istanbul in 2004
Like most of the countries in rest of the world, in Turkey a gay culture was born in sub cultures such as parks, bath houses, cafes and bars in especially big cities like Istanbul...
Remembering the Nazi's homosexual Victims
An invitation to apply for participation in a competition to design a memorial site in Berlin
The Initiative "Remember the homosexual Victims of National Socialism" and the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD) issue an invitation to apply for participation in a competition...
Statement by Nash Mir Gay and Lesbian Centre
As citizens of the Ukraine, we saw that recent Presidential elections did not meet democratic principles
Nash Mir (Our World) Gay and Lesbian Centre is an Ukrainian non-governmental organization fighting to achieve equal rights and social comfort for homosexual people in our country....
Nash Mir
Faux pas of Berlin's cardinal Sterzinsky
LSVD: Sterzinsky has to apologize
In the middle of November, Berlin's cardinal Georg Sterzinsky took part in a catholic service held in Szczecin, Poland, in commemoration of eleven catholic priest executed 60 years...
An Initiative for the Visibility of Queer Muslims
A call for each and every lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer Muslim around the globe
As-salamu aleikum wa Rahmetullahi wa Berekatuhu! In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful! Dear Friends, This is a call for each and every lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,...
ILGA’s European conference in Budapest a success!
The conference took place during a historical event of the European Commission President Mr Barroso withdrawing his proposal for the Commission from the approval vote by the European Parliament.
On 27-31 October 2004, more than 220 activists from all over Europe gathered in Budapest for the 26 th ILGA European Conference. The conference theme was “Coming Out to the EU”....
ILGA Europe
New project: Social Integration of LGBT in Moldova
Dutch Development Foundation Cordaid Supports Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights in Moldova
The Dutch development foundation Cordaid, which values are based on social catholic doctrine, will support Information Center "GenderDoc-M" over the next three years in implementation...
Gender Doc
Bulgarian Gay Group Cries Afoul Remarks Made by MP
Bulgarian MP Ivan Kozovski Calls Homosexuality a Perversion, and spreads his view as a University Professor
Bulgarian Gay Organisation "Gemini" and other Bulgarian Human Rights NGO's are appealing to Member of the Parliament Ivan Kozovski to apologise publicly for his statement published...
HOSI Wien furious and appalled
Austria’s Constitutional Court dismisses same-sex freedom of movement case
Homosexuelle Initiative (HOSI) Wien, Austria’s oldest and leading gay and lesbian organisation that just celebrated its 25th anniversary with a big party in Vienna City Hall last...
Hosi Wien
United Nations resolution
European Parliament adopts Resolution on Sexual Orientation Discrimination
The EP resolution on the EU’s rights, priorities and recommendations for the 60th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva" (15th March to the 23rd April 2004) was...
Joke Swiebel
Dr. Buttiglione has a history of making discriminatory remarks homosexuals, women, immigrants and others
During his assessment hearings in October 2004, Dr. Buttiglione enraged many members of the European Parliament by describing homosexuality as a sin and suggesting that the role...
Catholics for a free choice
Buttiglione / European Parliament
ILGA Europe & Catholics for a free choice object to Prof. Buttiglione’s appointment as Commissioner
Catholics for a Free Choice and ILGA-Europe are concerned at the recent attempt by some to shift of focus in the debate around the nomination of Prof. Buttiglione as Vice President...
ILGA Europe / Catholics for a free choice
European Union Parliament
Unprecedented decision for human rights
ILGA-Europe welcomes the decision of Commission President Barroso to withdraw his proposed Commission from the approval vote in the European Parliament. At 11 a.m., just a few hours...
ILGA Europe
European Union / Buttiglione
Reason wins against homophobia at the European Commission
On the occasion of its European conference in Budapest, ILGA welcomes the decision of European Commission President Barroso to withdraw his proposed Commission from the approval...
International Symposium on gay men & Aids
On this occasion, Hivos will commemorate Murdered Lesbian Activist at Amsterdam Homomonument
More than 50 prominent international experts, activists and scientists are expected at the global symposium on ‘Homosexualities and HIV/AIDS: More Than A Question of Rights” in Amsterdam...
Next ILGA conference after Chile
“Coming Out to the EU” is the theme of ILGA’s European annual conference this October in Budapest
On 27-31 October 2004, more than 200 activists from all over Europe will gather in Budapest for the 26th ILGA European Conference. The conference is a unique opportunity to share...
ILGA Europe
Activists in Parliament for the first time
Turkey's bid to join EU gives voice to its homosexuals
Long oppressed in a largely conservative society, Turkey's homosexuals are timidly coming out for freedom just as the country gears up to join the European Union (EU). Ali Erol...
Agence France-Presse
European Parliament Committee rejects Buttiglione
ILGA-Europe calls on Barroso to re-think composition of new Commission - Buttiglione told the home affairs committee he considers homosexuality a sin
“We call on incoming Commission President Barroso to recognise that Prof Buttiglione is not the right man to be in charge of human rights, civil liberties and the fight against discrimination...
ILGA - Europe
Homophobic Violence in Immigrant Communities
Even in the Tolerant Nordic Countries Young Gay People Face Violence
Stockholm - Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish and immigrant researchers, parliamentarians, journalists, human rights activists and culture workers will gather in Stockholm October...
2004 Olympics
City of Athens Wins a Gold Medal for Homophobia
"Welcome to the Olympic Games of racism and exclusion. If you are heterosexual we will be glad to assist you. If you are gay or lesbian you'd better go back home." This is the...
Hellenic Homosexual Community
The Past, Present and Future of International LGBT
International Lesbian Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered Youth and Student Organization's 20th annual conference
Dear friends of IGLYO, Please find attached the application form for the IGLYO (International Lesbian Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered Youth and Student Organization) annual conference...
ILGA and German Diplomacy
Kursad Kahramanoglu Speaks to meeting of German Ambassadors In Berlin
On September 6th, ILGA Secretary General, Kursad Kahramanoglu, was invited by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to participate in a panel discussion entitled "New Challenges...
Threats from Belarusian Regime Force the Organisers to Cancel the Festival
Minsk/Stockholm - The organizing committee of the final (Belarusian) phase of the 4th International Moonbow Human Rights & Homo Cultural Festival* and the 1st stage of...
TUPILAC - The Nordic Homo Council
Stopping Hate Songs
Another Homophobic Jamaican Reggae Singer Tries to Find a venue in the Netherlands
Dutch gays and lesbians are protesting against rapper Buju Banton's appearance and his gay hate song "Boom Bye Bye", expected in the Netherlands and Belgium and his calling for the...
Sports giant threatens reggae singers
Puma issues ultimatum: drop antigay songs or lose sponsorship
Concerts cancelled in Germany, Belgium, UK and USA. LONDON, 16 August 2004 - International sports-clothing giant Puma, a major sponsor of the Jamaican Olympic Team and Jamaican...
LSVD / Outrage
Reggae star under police investigation
Beenie Man's album launch marred by threat of prosecution
London, 16 August 2004 - The Metropolitan Police and the Crown Prosecution Service meet this afternoon (16 August) to consider legal action against Jamaican reggae star Beenie Man...
4rth country in the World, first in EU
Portugal's constitution bans discrimination based on sexual orientation
Portugal is the first country in Europe and (after Ecuador, Fiji and South Africa) the fourth worldwide to explicitly ban sexual orientation discrimination by constitutional legislation. ...
Homonyme Nancy and the French federation of les-bi-gay and trans centres commemorated on August 1st the first anniversary of the death of Jean-Pierre Humblot
To prevent homophobic violences, Homonyme Nancy and the “INTER CENTRES LGBT” demand an educational policy toward respect of differences. August 1st, the “INTER CENTRES LGBT”...
Inter Centres LGBT
The LGBT Community Reacts Against Homophobia
LGBT Rights Groups Write an Open Letter to the Gov't demanding a Public Statement against Homophobic Political Parties
Dear Ms/Mr, Expecting your reaction regarding the action conducted by the Fatherland (nationalistic) Movement Obraz, which has not been expressed again, we turn to you publicly,...
Gayten LGBT and a number of Serbian Orgs.
Lesbians in the Christian Church
Christian Lesbians In Europe Telling Their Stories
In this European anthology you will find articles, biographical stories, poems, prayers, paintings, illustrations and photos involving 95 Christian lesbians from 26 European countries....
Mein Buch
Symposium in Amsterdam October 21st 2004
Homosexualities, HIV/AIDS and Hivos: Why?
Since the early nineties, Hivos takes a leading role against the spread of HIV/AIDS in the South. Having initially promoted projects providing first of all prevention and access...
Belarus to host LGBT events despite dictatorship
World Homo Culture Conference & Moonbow Festival to be held in Minsk
On August 28-29, Minsk, the capital of the East European dictatorship, Belarus, is to host both the first stage of this year's 7th ILGCN (International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network)...
Nordic Homo Council
Turkey takes a step backwards
Sexual orientation not included in Turkish Penal code review
July 6, 2004 On January 29, 2004 Turkey's Parliamentary Justice Commission voted to alter the “discrimination” clause in the Penal Code to include "discrimination based on sexual...
Human rights forum is planned in Warsaw/Poland
Christopher-Street-Day prize for civil courage is awarded to the Polish civil rights campaigners “Campaign against homophobia”.
This years Berlins CSD’s prize for civil courage is awarded to the “Campaign against Homophobia” . Maneo’s staff is delivering an eulogy, praising the courage of their friends in...
Germany: Protests in front of the Polish embassy
Colleagues from Maneo, Berlin's Gay emergency hotline, in talks with the Polish ambassador.
Today, over 100 gays and lesbians have taken part in a demonstration, organised by Maneo, Berlin’s gay emergency hotline and victim support. A petition with around one thousand signatures...
ILGA-Europe's Memorandum to the Dutch Presidency
ILGA-Europe draws the attention of the Presidency to the areas affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people that can be progressed through concrete actions from July to December 2004
From today, July 1rst until the end of 2004 the Netherlands will hold the EU Presidency. Until the entry into force of the EU Constitution, the Presidency will pass every six months...
ILGA Europe
Sweden: 1 month imprisonment for anti-gay sermon
Sermon entitled: "Is homosexuality an instinct or the gambling of evil powers with human beings?"
Last July Åke Green, a pastor of the Pentecostal Movement, preached about homosexuality in Borgholm (Öland, Southern Sweden). The topic of his sermon was „Is homosexuality an instinct...
Campaign against Homophobia / Poland
March for Tolerance Results in Violence
On May 6-9, the Cracow branch of Campaign against Homophobia (Kampania Przeciw Homofobii, KPH), organised the Days of Culture for Tolerance in Krakow. The festival programme included...
Konrad Szmerdt
New report from ILGA Europe
Sexual orientation discrimination in new member states
ILGA-Europe launches "Meeting the Challenges of Accession," a report highlighting sexual orientation discrimination that lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people face in the Czech...
ILGA Europe
Gay Pride in Poland
ILGA protests Warsaw mayor's homophobic stands
Mr. Kaczynski, To join EU is more than just getting the economic benefits of the western world. It is also about respecting minority rights and democracy. I am outraged about...
Presidential Campaign in Serbia
Homophobic statements from major politicians
Gayten LGBT - Centre for Promotion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Human Rights, based in Belgrade, Serbia, brings to our attention the recent public statements made by presidential...
Gayten LGBT
Antidiscrimination legislation rejected in Latvia
The Latvian parliament refuses to implement a European Union directive
In March 2004, the Latvian Minister for Special Assignment for Society Integration Affairs proposed an Anti-Discrimination Bill, which would implement the European Union...
Juris Lavrikovs
Homophobic reggae singer Beenie Man interrogated
Concert cancelled after protest by gay rights group OutRage!
One of Jamaica’s top reggae and dancehall music stars, Beenie Man, was met by police when he arrived at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday 23 June before the start of his Irish...
Homosexuality no obstacle in obtaining position
The President of the Gay and Lesbian Association GEHITU, named OMBUDSMAN of the Basque Country
Inigo Lamarca, lawyer and President of GEHITU, the Spanish Basque country Gay and Lesbian Association, has been elected OMBUDSMAN/mediator by the Basque Parliament this morning....
Warsaw‘s mayor bans Christopher-Street-Day parade
Maneo initiates protest campaign at Poland’s embassy
Rightwing populism on the highest level in Poland’s capital: The “Equality Parade”, planned to take place on 11 June, was banned by Warsaw’s mayor Lech Kaczynski. The gay and lesbian...
Mayor of London backs Jamaican vigil
Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has spoken of his support for the planned remembrance vigil for the murdered Jamaican gay activist Brian Williamson.
The vigil, due to take place next Wednesday, is intended to mark Williamson's death last week as well as pressurise the Jamaican government into updating its stance on homosexuality,...
Gay.com UK
ILGA team in Geneva
Armand Hotimsky
My involvement in the struggle for the rights of sexual minorities dates back to 1980 when I participated in the CUARH – Anti Homosexual Repression Urgency Committee. Since...
UN 2004 - NGO statement: Transgender issues
We call upon all the countries to address issues concerning denial of freedom of expression of person's gender identity and gender expression.
Statement given by Jelena Postic´ at the UNCHR, Geneva 2004. Item 11.e: Civil and Political rights - freedom of expression My name is Jelena Postic´...
UN 2004 - Brazilian resolution
EU sends mixed message on human rights of LGBT people
The European Parliament on 22 April 2004 reconfirmed its commitment to human rights by adopting a resolution focussing on human rights in the world. The text speaks out for the...
Janfrans Van Der Eerden, European representative on ILGA's board
Janfrans has been active as a volunteer in the lesbian and gay movement since 1981. For 15 years he partcipated in the local branch of
ILGA team in Geneva
Philipp Braun
Philipp Braun has been involved with LGBT activism since the early 1990s. After working with the Lesben- und Schwulenverband in Deutschland (LSVD, Lesbian and Gay Federation...
ILGA team in Geneva
Yves de Matteis
Language teacher by profession, Yves lives in Geneva (francophone part of Switzerland). After defending LGBT rights for 15 years (especially partnership law), he has expanded...
Different Faces of Sexuality, a seminar to be held in Istanbul
The Society for Sexual Education, Treatment and Research (CETAD) organises the “5th National Congress of Sexuality and Sexual Treatments”, May 24-26, 2004 at The Marmara Hotel,...
Cedat 2004
Yves de Matteis, European Representative
Teacher by profession (degree in Philosophy, French and English literature) Yves lives in Geneva, in the francophone region of Switzerland. He has been defending lgbt rights for...
ILGA'S World Board
Kursad Kahramanoglu, Co - Secretary General
One of the best-known Turkish Human Rights activist in the world, elected for the first time as the secretary general of ILGA at the end of 1999 at ILGA’s Conference in South Africa,...
ILGA Europe
Speech given at the European Parliament
" Nearly 80 countries still treat same-sex consensual relationships a criminal offence, punishable by death in at least seven states" said Birgit Hardt, ILGA Europe Public Affairs...
Anette Sjödin, European reserve member
Anette Sjödin works in an EU-project called "Homosexuals and bisexuals in the Care System". She is the National Coordinator, and the representative...
UN - Brazilian resolution
The Belgian Greens raise the issue of the Brazilian resolution
Ms Zoé Genot (Ecolo party /Greens - Belgium) recently raised the issue of the Brazilian resolution at the last Foreign Affairs committee in the Belgian Parliament. Genot questioned...
Brazilian resolution
The journey to Geneva made a succesful stop in Brussels, on 27 January:
The Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has adopted a resolution "on the EU's rights, priorities and recommendations for the 60th Session of the UN Commission on...