LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia


Read more about the programme of the Annual Conference 2018 here. 

Preliminary Programme 

This year’s conference will bring us to Brussels and as such provide a unique opportunity to put a loud call for action towards, politicians, institutions, partners and other allies. The 2018 ILGA-Europe Annual Conference will be an agenda setting moment for European LGBTI movements.

Through the many different programme spaces we will be exploring this year’s conference theme ‘Politics for Change: from Words into Action’. This year programme will include over 50 different programme spaces. Most of the workshops are connected to the theme of the conference, dedicated to issues important our movements, including relevant advocacy issues from a European perspective and/or capacity-building sessions. This year the conference comes with an extensive programme schedule that includes diversity spaces, consultations, research & project presentations and various other creative and social programme spaces. Networking and self-organised spaces are also again part of the conference.

We will be touching upon a wide range of issues that have a direct impact in the LGBTI community and talk about political action. We want to emphasise positive stories of change making. Together we hope to build another conference where you can get inspiration and be empowered.

It is in this spirit that we are asking allies to be in dialogue with our movements during the conference. We are excited to announce the following speakers: Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans and UN Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity Victor Madrigal-Borloz. Read here about all speakers.

What will this year’s programme involve?

  • Opening reception at the where local hosts Cavaria, Arc-en-Ciel and Rainbow House and representatives from the Belgian government will welcome us to Brussels
  • The opening morning will feature an inspiring thought-provoking QueerED Talk that will set the tone for the start of the ILGA-Europe Annual conference and discussions between activists and political leaders.
  • The conference will provide space for short one-on-one consultations with conference participants. Consultations will be offered by organisations and individuals with expertise in a diversity of topics related to capacity-building of the European and Central Asian LGBTI movement.
  • Through the Research and Project presentations ILGA-Europe wants activists from Europe and Central Asia to showcase projects, publications and research that can enlighten activists on a LGBTI issues. Presenters will have the opportunity to share relevant project experience or other work in the field with other Annual Conference attendees.
  • Alongside the workshops included in the formal part of the programme, self-organised spaces will be available during the ILGA-Europe Annual conference. Participants can only book self-organised spaces during the conference – a dedicated chart will be displayed together with the conference programme at the beginning of the conference. The spaces will be allocated on a ‘first-come first served basis’. Self-organised spaces can be planned or spontaneous and can focus on any subject of interest to the participants of the conference
  • Accompanying the formal programme, there will also many informal and social activities taking place throughout the conference.
  • Participants and activists will have the opportunity to schedule meetings and activities on topics of their specific interests through self-organised spaces.
  • The conference will end with a farewell dinner followed by a wonderful goodbye party.

What themes do the workshops cover?

Many workshops are already being prepared. Amongst others, here is a glimpse of what you can expect (this is a non-final list!):

  • Governance workshops
  • Alternative campaigning & outreach
  • Digital security
  • Media guidelines
  • Funding for LGBTI issues
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Gender ideology
  • Gender markers
  • Health/HIV
  • Asylum
  • Bisexuality
  • Homonationalism
  • Pink Washing
  • Diversity
  • Education
  • Sports
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Sex Workers
  • Faith & Religion
  • Litigation

Contributions to the ILGA-Europe Programme

Deadline for programme contributions was Tuesday 5 June (midnight CET).

The conference is a platform for activists and supporters of the movement to meet and discuss their ideas. ILGA-Europe offer the platform, but we need each and every one of you to help in making the conference a success!

We welcome your ideas that can contribute to conference theme!

What can you do?

  • Propose workshops
  • Propose consultations
  • Propose research or project presentations
  • Share ideas for non-formal parts of the programme

We in particularly welcome proposals and suggestions that speak to the conference theme and that are relevant for a wider variety of activists. Proposals and suggestions will be taken into account by ILGA-Europe when developing the programme. Please note that we welcome input until Tuesday 5 June (midnight CET). Due to the high number of input received every year, ILGA-Europe will not be able to accommodate all proposals and suggestions made. We aim to provide feedback to all proposals received by mid-July at the latest.

Please note that ILGA-Europe does not cover any costs associated to speakers, experts or otherwise. You are thus responsible for covering any costs associated with workshops, consultations, presentations or other contributions. This is also the case for conference registration costs, travel and hotel costs. The selection of scholars happens independently from the selection of programme contributions.

Please find below further information about how you can make proposals or suggestions!

Propose workshops

Members have the opportunity to propose workshops for the programme. ILGA-Europe reserves at least ten slots for member-led workshops that will be selected by ILGA-Europe board and staff. Workshop proposals should meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be presented on behalf of three or more ILGA-Europe members together and ensure a cross-regional character
  • Contain an interactive element in its methodology / facilitation that allows for peer-learning
  • Explain how they are relevant for a variety of activists representing different realities

Note, deadline for proposing workshops has passed! 

Propose consultations

Short one-on-one consultations with conference participants will be offered by organisations and individuals with expertise in a diversity of topics related to capacity-building of the European LGBTI movement. ILGA-Europe will provide the facilities, space in the conference programme to advertise your services and facilitation of the registration process.

Note, deadline for proposing consultations has passed!

Propose research or project presentations

ILGA-Europe want the activists from Europe and Central Asia to get a flavour of projects, publications and research work done by other activists and academics on LGBTI issues. You will have to opportunity to share relevant project experience or other work in the field with other Annual Conference attendees. Your presentation should not exceed 10 minutes and must give a brief idea of the project/research conducted.

Note, deadline for proposing research and project presentations has passed!

Share ideas for non-formal parts of the programme

Following the outstanding performances by LGBT sex workers at the 2017 Warsaw Annual Conference, ILGA-Europe is looking for ideas and suggestions on how to make the conference a success besides the formal programme. We welcome creative suggestions, but please note that only have very limited capacity to host ideas. 

Note, deadline for proposing ideas for informal events has passed!