2009

In January ILGA-Europe published edited and updated version of the "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Families and the Free Movement Directive: Implementation Guidelines".

On 1 January ILGA-Europe started a three-year capacity building and advocacy project in Russia with the Russian LGBT Network and its members as key partners.

On 23-27 March ILGA-Europe contributed to the training “Health and Human Rights” (organised by OSI) by facilitating a session on sexual health and rights for health and human rights professionals from former USSR.

On 25 March ILGA-Europe launched its European Parliament Elections 2009 campaign with a motto Be Bothered! Vote for a human rights friendly European Parliament.

On 31 March the EU's Fundamental Rights Agency launched second part of its Report on Homophobia and Discrimination on the Grounds of Sexual orientation & Gender Identity (Social Situation) in the EU Member States.

In April ILGA-Europe organised a fact-finding / needs identification mission to Western Balkan countries of Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In April ILGA-Europe published report “Forced Out: LGBT People in Armenia”

On 2 April the European Parliament voted for its report supporting the introduction of a new EU anti-discrimination directive - another significant development in ILGA-Europe's campaign for the new directive!

On 3-4 April ILGA-Europe hosted its EU Network meeting in Brussels.

On 30 April - 2 May, ILGA-Europe organised a Transgender Rights seminar in Budapest.

Richard Köhler joins the ILGA-Europe team as Programmes & Policy Officer in May.

In May ILGA-Europe organised two separate advocacy planning sessions in Armenia and Azerbaijan

7-9 May staff members, Maxim Anmeghichean and Beth Fernandez, attended the “Rainbow over the Dniester” festival in Chisinau due to previous violent scenes previous years at LGBT events in Moldova. The event in 2009 was peaceful.

15-17 May Board and staff members took part in Baltic Friendship Days 2009in Riga. The pride event was banned just before the pride march, but the Riga Administrative Court lifted the ban just before the march was planned, and it went on peacefully despite counter protesters.

From June 4 to June 8 European Parliament elections went on, ILGA-Europe launched the result of the elected MEP who signed the ILGA-Europe pledge in the Be Bothered! campaign later in June. On the first election day ILGA-Euorpe managed to get support of 1/5 of all elected MEPs.

24 June ILGA-Europe organised a demonstration outside the Lithuanian permanent representation to protest against the new homophobic and oppressive law in Lithuania. Members of the European Parliament and the Intergroup on LGBT rights in the European Parliament joined the protest.

In July the first version of the map of the legal situation for LGB people in Europe is launched.

Later in July ILGA-Europe participated in the LGBT Human Rights Conference in connection with World Outgames 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Board and staff members speak and facilitated various workshops.

Dirk De Meirleir leaves the organisation in July.

In August Aksinia Gencheva joins the ILGA-Europe team as Project Co-ordinator, Finance & Administration Support, and mid-August Nanna Moe joins as Communications Officer.

In September Joël Le Deroff joins the ILGA-Europe team as Policy & Programmes Officer.

5 September Budapest Pride took place, and as a sign of concern with the situation in Hungary due to violence in previous years, ILGA-Europe sent two representatives to take part in the Pride March: Paata Sabelashvili, member of ILGA-Europe’s Executive Board, and Juris Lavrikovs, ILGA-Europe’s Communications Manager. The day before ILGA-Europe issues a media release to support the Budapest Pride

9 September ILGA-Europe sent a media release to the LGBT community in Serbia for Belgrade Pride. The pride turns out to be banned due to security reasons just the day before.

17 September the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the Lithuanian Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effects of Public Information.

29 October - 1 November the Annual Conference takes place on Malta. The theme of the conference is "Overcoming Religious & Cultural Barriers to LGBT Equality".

The annual conference elected following individuals as members of ILGA-Europe’s Executive Board:

  • Martin K.I. Christensen (Denmark) for a 2 year term
  • Louise Ashworth (UK) for a 2 year term
  • Nataša Sukič (Slovenia) for a 2 year term
  • Bjorn van Roosendaal (The Netherlands) for a 2 year term
  • Christine Le Doare (France) for a 1 year term
  • Paata Sabelashvili (Georgia) for a 2 year term

The remaining four board members for another year are:

  • Linda Freimane (Latvia)
  • Ruth Baldacchino (Malta)
  • Pierre Serne (France)
  • Deborah Lambillotte (Belgium)

Tomasz Szypuła (Poland) was elected as reserve member of Executive Board.

17 November The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the Multi-annual programme 2010-2014 regarding the area of freedom, security and justice, known as the Stockholm programme. A joint media release from ILGA-Europe and the European Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights is being issued.

In December ILGA-Europe launched a LGBT Families questionnaire and survey to be able to review its strategy concerning LGBT families in order to draw clearer targets for progress on both European and national levels, as well as draw its third Strategic Plan for the period of 2011-2014.

7 December ILGA-Europe appoint its new Executive Director, Evelyne Paradis.

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