LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Media registration opens for ILGA-Europe’s 19th Annual Conference in Athens

This is your chance to meet with the European activists striving for equality for LGBTI people and the political leaders responsible for implementing it.

Our Annual Conference is the largest event on the LGBTI political calendar in Europe.

450 human rights activists and decision makers, from 53 countries, all together in one venue. A prime opportunity for you to talk directly to the people who are creating change in Europe.

The Annual Conference will take place on 28-31 October 2015 in Athens under the theme of Many voices, One movement - Together, mobilised for a just society.”

LGBTI people in Europe have witnessed some incredible victories in 2015: Malta introducing the continent’s most advanced legislation on the rights of trans and intersex people and Ireland’s overwhelming Yes vote in their marriage equality referendum are just couple of examples.

These legal victories are only possible in places where there is sufficient political and social support. This year, we will be looking closely at how the LGBTI movement can mobilise even greater support around equality and human rights issues. We want to build even stronger, broader and more diverse coalitions, and ultimately win the hearts and minds of a greater public. 

Our visit to Athens is particularly timely. It’s the perfect opportunity to re-energise the debate on LGBTI human rights in Greece. Following criticism from the European Court of Human Rights in 2013, the Greek government has announced its intention earlier this year to amend its civil partnership legislation and to include also same-sex partners. In Athens, we will be trying to engage with the Greek politicians who will attend the conference.

This is your chance to meet with the European activists striving for equality for LGBTI people and the political leaders responsible for implementing it.

Confirmed speakers are:

  • Elke Ferner, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (Germany)
  • Randy W Berry, US State Department’s Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI persons
  • Geeta Misra, Co-Founder and Executive Director of CREA – a feminist human rights organisation (India)
  • Jessica Stern, Executive of OutRight Action International (USA)
  • Mike Jackson, Founding member of Lesbians and Gay Support the Miners (UK)
  • Murat Köylü, External affairs coordinator at Kaos GL (Turkey)
  • Gráinne Healy, Co-Director of Yes Equality and Chairwoman of Marriage Equality (Ireland)
  • Thomas Hammarberg, Former Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

Information for the media:

To obtain a media pass, please register here.

Our press conference will take place on Friday, 30 October 2015, at 16:00 in the Divani Caravel hotel, Horizon room, Vassileos Alexandrou 2, 16121 Athens.

The conference theme will be explored in over 44 different workshops and several self-organised spaces.

Conference programme, descriptions of workshops.

More information about the Annual Conference is available on our website.

The Annual Conference 2015 is hosted by ILGA-Europe member OLKE, in collaboration with: SYD; Trans Gender Association; Queer Trans; Rainbow Families; Athens Pride; Thessaloniki Pride; Praksis; Positive Voice; Homophobia and transphobia in education; Volunteers of 2004 Athens Olympic Games and LGBT PwD of Greece.


  1. The funders of this Annual Conference include: The European Commission , The Nation al Government of The Netherlands, Freedom House, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labour, US Department of State, Open Society Foundations, Solidarity Now, Embassy of the Netherlands in Athens, Bodoussaki Foundation.
  2. In 2013, the European Court of Human Rights found that Greece had violated the European Convention on Human Rights in case of Vallianatos and others v Greece as the country’s registered partnership was open to opposite-sex partners only.