2010

In January, ILGA-Europe launches the new project “Step up! Stronger LGBT movements for equality in the Western Balkans” for the duration of 3 years. The project is supported by the Open Society Institute and the European Commission.

25-29 January ILGA-Europe organises a study visit to the Council of Europe (CoE) for 9 activists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine who are partners in the PRECIS project and in the Russian project.

In February, the European Parliament approves the new European Commission. ILGA-Europe did observations from the hearings of the new Commissioners at the European Parliament prior to their appointments. Se the list of observations here.

Aksinia Gencheva leaves the organisation in February.

In early March ILGA-Europe launches a 15 minutes video “Different voices, one European movement”.

Later in March ILGA-Europe launches the most extensive pride event guide in Europe, with over 135 pride events featured in a user-friendly calendar.

31 March the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, representing the national governments of its 47 Member States, unanimously adopted historicRecommendations on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. ILGA-Europe was very pleased with the adoption, with the only regret is that the Member States did not go as far as we hoped for in some areas, particularly family rights.

8-10 April ILGA-Europe conducts a training in Belgrade, Serbia, on human rights monitoring and advocacy within the framework of our Step Up! project in the Western Balkans.

23 April ILGA-Europe facilitates a seminar on the dissemination of good practices of engagement between police forces and LGBT organisations to tackle hate violence.

3 May ILGA-Europe welcomed the adoption of the Resolution on Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). The resolution addresses all the major issues of discrimination against LGBT people and encourages the 47 member states of the Council of Europe to take steps to fight such discrimination.

7 May Board and staff members take part in Baltic Pride 2010 in Vilnius. The pride march was a success; though counter protests and heavy police presence.

17 May ILGA-Europe launches Rainbow Europe Country Index and stages “Rainbow buzz in the heart of the EU” in connection with IDAHO – the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

26 May The Council of Europe's 7th Conference of Ministers responsible for Equality between Women and Men which took place on 24-25 May 2010, adopts a resolution which recognise the need to combat discrimination against women and girls and transgender persons on account of their sexual orientation or gender identity. These developments follow the submission by ILGA-Europe of a report on violence against lesbian, bisexual and transgender women and of proposals for action to the Council of Europe's intergovernmental Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men.

31 May Evelyne Paradis, Executive Director of ILGA-Europe meets the Portuguese Prime Minister with other representatives from ILGA-Portugal and other Portuguese LGBT activists to celebrate an official publication of a law opening marriage to same-sex couples in Portugal.

In June Jordan Long joins the ILGA-Europe team as Policy & Programmes Officer.

8 June the Council of the European Union’s Working Party on Human Rights adopts the Toolkit to Promote and Protect the Enjoyment of all Human Rights by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People. ILGA-Europe was one of the driving forces behind the Toolkit, was consulted by the working group during the process of its development, and actively contributed towards its content.

12-13 June ILGA-Europe board, staff and representatives from member organisations meet in Tallinn, Estonia, to discuss the development of the Strategic Plan 2011-2013.

15 June ILGA-Europe met with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland to discuss follow up to the adoption of the Committee of Ministers Recommendation and resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly earlier in 2010.

21-23 June ILGA-Europe organises a training for 8 members from partner organisations from the Western Balkans in Brussels, Belgium, within the framework of the Step Up! project.

24-25 June ILGA-Europe organises a study visit for 10 LGBT activists from the Western Balkans and Turkey.

29 and 30 June 2010, ILGA-Europe and its partners participate to the first OSCE high-level conference on tolerance and non-discrimination in three years held in Astana, Kazakhstan.

8-10 July ILGA-Europe facilitates two workshops in Advocacy and Communications skills. The participants were all activists from the Russian LGBT Network and from various regions in Russia.

8-18 July the ILGA-Europe LGBT Family Exhibition ‘Different Families, Same Love is exhibited for the first time in Warsaw, Poland, in connection with the Europride 2010. Board members and staff also take part in the pride march on 17 July.

In August the third consultation with member organisations about the Strategic Plan 2011-2013 takes place online.

In September ILGA-Europe launches a new publication on homophobic/transphobic hate crimes and working with the police called Joining forces to combat homophobic and transphobic hate crime.

Anna Moskalkova leaves the organisation in September.

7 September the European Parliament debates discrimination against married/registered same-sex couples. ILGA-Europe welcomes this debate between the Members of the European Parliament and the European Commission.

Between the 22 September to 15 October the LGBT Family Exhibition ‘Different Families, Same Love’ is exhibited in Bratislava, Slovakia.

24-26 September ILGA-Europe organises a seminar for member organisations on strategic litigation in London.

28 September ILGA-Europe issues it first ever organisational Green Policy.

In October ILGA-Europe publishes a manual “Make It Work: Six steps to effective LGBT human rights advocacy”.

Richard Köhler leaves the organisation in October.

2-3 October ILGA-Europe conducts a training on human rights monitoring and advocacy within the framework of our Step Up! project in the Western Balkans.

10 October ILGA-Europe board members and staff takes part in Belgrade Pride 2010, Serbia, which successfully took place under heavy police protection.

28-31 October the Annual Conference takes place in The Hague, The Netherlands. The theme of the conference is "Expressing our differences, challenging our prejudices, developing our alliances"

Members of ILGA-Europe elected new members to the Executive Board during the conference. Three new people members were elected for a two-year mandate:

  • Gabriela Calleja (Malta)
  • Kristian Randjelovič(Serbia)
  • Gregory Czarnecki (Poland)

Linda Freimane (Latvia) and Pierre Serne (France) were re-elected for another two years. Tanja Lehtoranta (Finland) was elected as a reserve Board member.

The other members of the ILGA-Europe’s Executive Board for the next year are:

  • Martin K.I. Christensen (Denmark)
  • Björn van Roozendaal (The Netherlands)
  • Louise Ashworth (UK)
  • Paata Sabelashvili (Georgia)
  • Nataša Sukič (Slovenia)

The Conference has elected Ruth Baldacchino (Malta) and Maria Sjödin (Sweden) as European representatives on the ILGA World Board and Deborah Lambillotte as a reserve European representative on the ILGA World Board. The Conference also approved Dublin as the host city for the ILGA-Europe’s Annual Conference in 2012.

In November Marharyta Babenko joins the ILGA-Europe team as Administration & Finance Officer.

In November ILGA-Europe launches the first edition of The Equality Podcast.

30 November the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) presents its updated report on Homophobia, transphobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Jordan Long leaves the organisation in December.

7-8 December ILGA-Europe organises a study visit to Brussels for activists from Amulet (Kazakhstan) and Labrys (Kyrgyzstan).

10 December ILGA-Europe marks the International Human Rights Day 2010 by a video message from Evelyne Paradis to LGBTI human rights defenders.

13 December ILGA-Europe invites a group of 35 representatives of LGBT organisations, police forces and police academies to have an intense working seminar in the frame of our project “Working with the police and challenging hate crime in Europe”.

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