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ILGA - A YEAR IN REVIEW
How You Helped and Can Help to Make a difference
19/11/2004
Belgium
World
 
Dear ILGA members and friends,

As we head into the last months of 2004, we here at ILGA would like to share with you news on what has been one of the most active years for our organisation since the 1990s.

2004 has been an exciting year for the worldwide LGBT movement as a whole. As we’ve reported before, Brazil introduced a resolution in the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) which would assert that sexual diversity is an integral part of Universal Human Rights as reflected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To support the text ILGA brought together a team of LGBT activists from all over the globe to testify in front of the commission. Together with other human rights allies, we were able to have the resolution withdrawn from discussion until next year. While this might not seem like a victory it certainly was, as fierce opposition from Muslim countries and the Vatican would have meant the certain rejection of the resolution had it came to a vote this year.

Throughout our campaigns this year, we have not forgotten ILGA’s other main objective: international solidarity. Our 3rd regional Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) conference is Santiago de Chile was an astounding success. The conference provided activists throughout the region, which stretches from the Río Grande on the US-Mexico border to the Tierra del Fuego in Argentina, to come together, network and make their voices heard throughout Latin America. This year ILGA provided funds to certain activists, especially to women and transgender individuals, to help these especially vulnerable groups stand up for their rights in what is traditionally a male-dominated culture. As a direct result of the conference, our LAC members have decided to open up a regional bureau of ILGA in Mexico city and have changed their bylaws so that transgender individuals are officially represented by a 3rd regional representative for the LAC board.

Fortunately for ILGA, these actions have not gone unnoticed. In September of this year, ILGA Co-Secretary General, Kursad Kahramanoglu, was invited by the German foreign office to brief its ambassadors on LGBT issues in their annual meeting in Berlin. Kursad took advantage of this opportunity to share with the ambassadors the struggles and problems facing LGBT people in developing countries, and helped them to realize what a difference an involved and sensitive diplomatic effort can make in the decisions taken in these countries. The meeting was also an excellent opportunity to strengthen the already-established dialog between ILGA and the German government, we look forward cooperation with Berlin in the future.

And last but not least, ILGA’s European region, ILGA-Europe, had yet another successful regional conference in Budapest, Hungary. This year’s conference was marked by strong participation and influx of new members from Eastern Europe, especially from the former Yugoslav republics. The title of the conference, Coming out to the EU, reflected this years accession to the EU of 10 new states from eastern and central Europe, as well as highlighted ILGA-Europe’s success in lobbying European institutions for laws and policies that protect and value the LGBT community.

All this has been made possible by our strong networking capabilities and at the heart of our network are our many members. Our work is not possible without their involvement and dedication. However, our work is also dependent on our financial capabilities to carry it out, and membership fees and donations are an important part of our budget. We would like to take advantage of this occasion to invite you to check and see if your group has paid its annual membership dues for this year. Having a steady and regular income is crucial for ILGA to be able to continue its activities in international solidarity, regional campaigns as well as making LGBT voices be heard in international institutions and organisations. We need your support now just as much as in the past, and we hope we can count on you. If indeed it does appear as if your group has not paid their dues for 2004, we invite you to please do so by following the instructions below.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can contact me in Spanish and in French as well.

Sincerely,

Andrew Pilgrim
Membership and Administrative Officer
andrewpilgrim@ilga.org

For payment of membership dues:


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