LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Key demands to advance the recognition of diverse families

ILGA-Europe's Key demands to advance the recognition of diverse families.
Published in October 2006

ILGA-Europe strives for the elimination of discrimination in law, policies and practices relating to any form of partnership or parenting (including marriage, partnership, reproductive rights, adoption and parental responsibility). In particular, the elimination of restrictions on the rights and responsibilities of parents based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Furthermore, the “right to family life" - the right to found a family and for that family to be validated and recognised as a family in law and social policy - must not be dependent on the legal status of marriage or partnership but on the recognition of de facto family links. Most importantly, the rights of the child are at the core and guiding ILGA-Europe’s demands for recognition of diverse families.