Zagreb to Host Gay and Lesbian Conference
Reposted from Balkan Insight: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/zagreb-to-host-european-lgbt-conference
Croatian officials promised to support the annual conference of the European International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, which will be held in the capital in October.
After meeting representatives of Croatian lesbian, gay, bisexual and trangender groups on Monday, Zagreb’s mayor Milan Bandic said that the city authorities would welcome and sponsor the event.
"Zagreb is a tolerant, secure and hospitable city," Bandic said.
ILGA-Europe, the organiser of the conference, said that Croatian President Ivo Josipovic would address the gathering in Zagreb, which this year focuses on family relations as its main theme.
The event will be held under the banner "Family matters! Reaching out to hearts and minds" – a hot topic in Croatia at the moment, where public debate continues about whether lesbians and gays should have the right to marry or adopt children.
The organisers of the conference have said that it is also expected that European Union special representative for human rights Stavros Lambrinidis will also speak at the event.
ILGA-Europe is an international umbrella group which brings together 408 organisations from 45 European countries to campaign for equal rights.