LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

August 2018

Creating Opportunities, Annual Conference, board elections, and much more...


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No. 275. August 2018. In this issue...


Annual Conference 2018

Creating Opportunities


Freedom of association

Hate crime

Legal gender recognition

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To all ILGA-Europe Members: it’s your time to engage!

Call for candidates for ILGA-Europe board elections

New board members will be elected during the Annual General Meeting at October’s Annual Conference. ILGA-Europe needs a strong board, made up of people with diverse backgrounds, who complement each other in terms of skills and experiences. We need people who care about ILGA-Europe and want to contribute their time, energy and talents to the organisation. Members from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Based on the organisation’s needs, the ideal candidates would have experience in the following areas: financial skills; human resources; movement building; organisational management; fundraising.
Read more and apply by 5 September.

Have your say on ILGA-Europe’s Strategic Framework and Constitution

As members, you have until 5 September to send your feedback on the draft 2019-2023 Strategic Framework, and board proposals for revision to ILGA-Europe’s Constitution and Standing Orders. All the documents were sent to member organisations in July and August.

Members - check your inboxes for the Conference Mailings

ILGA-Europe member should check their organisation’s email inboxes because lots of Annual Conference information is waiting for you! We have announced the preliminary conference programme, the Annual General Meeting’s preliminary agenda and the indicative budget for 2019.
Read more about the conference and its upcoming deadlines.

Join us: Programmes Officer job opportunity at ILGA-Europe

We are looking for a new Programmes Officer to join us in Brussels! The new member of staff will coordinate parts of ILGA-Europe’s engagement in post-Soviet states, including Central Asia. ILGA-Europe programmes include regranting, capacity-building and advocacy activities as we seek to actively address the needs of activists in the region and contribute to the development of the movement. Closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 9 September 2018 (23:59 CET). Please submit a signed electronic version by e-mail to recruitment[at]
Read more about the job opportunity.

Support us: Get your Equal Rights bracelet!

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Get it here.


Annual Conference 2018

Registration closes on 11 September

There are less than 2 months left to the Annual Conference! As this year’s event will bring us to Brussels, we have a unique opportunity to send a loud call for action towards politicians, EU institutions, partners and other allies. The 2018 Annual Conference will be an agenda setting moment for LGBTI movements in Europe and Central Asia. The programme will include over 50 different programme spaces exploring this year’s theme ‘Politics for Change: from Words into Action’ – and we want you to be there with us.
Register now. 

UN Expert Victor Madrigal-Borloz announced as speaker

ILGA-Europe are delighted to announce that Victor Madrigal-Borloz will be joining us at this year’s Annual Conference. The current UN Independent Expert on Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Mr. Madrigal-Borloz also served as Member of the UN Sub-Committee for the Prevention of Torture, where he was responsible for drafting the policy on LGBTI persons.
Read more about the programme.


Creating Opportunities

The flexible programme to support your campaign efforts

Have you heard of Creating Opportunities? It’s ILGA-Europe’s unique programme that supports the everyday campaigning efforts of LGBTI activists in Europe and Central Asia. There are no deadlines or long application forms to fill in. The programme has been designed to be flexible, to respond to urgent requests and to adapt to a variety of situations and needs. Activities at all stages of your campaign planning and implementation process can be eligible for support, from finding the right social media expert, to commissioning public opinion polls or producing a video.
Read more about Creating Opportunities.

The story behind Creating Opportunities

Laura Piazza has been managing our Creating Opportunities programme ever since it first started in 2015. This week, she blogged about how the programme has grown both its reach and impact: “…Something extremely positive stemmed from all Creating Opportunities projects. They are the living proof that even in the most critical and hostile contexts…there is a dynamic component of society which acts and finds ways to resist and bring change…”
Read her new post.



‘Still Falling Short’ – new report about asylum claims in UK


Freedom of association

New Report: The Global State of LGBTI Organising

Hate crime

Violent attack on LGBTQ community in Armenia

Nine members of the LGBTQ community in Armenia were attacked on Friday, 3 August by a group of over 30 people. Despite calling the police after the attack, the victims stated that officers did not reach them until late, despite the fact that Shurnukh is a relatively small town. NGO PINK Armenia reported that the victims have been receiving daily threats, in person and on line, including (for some) from family members. Most of the victims are unable to go home for safety reasons and are having to relocate - at least temporarily.

LGL’s office entrance destroyed by homophobic hate crime attack

At 4am on 10 August, the entrance to the office of Lithuanian LGBT rights organisation LGL was badly damaged by a vicious homophobic attack. The exterior door and door blinds at the office in the centre of Vilnius were set on fire. “It is disappointing to see that such horrific crimes still take place in 2018 in the heart of our beautiful capital Vilnius. We hope that the true motives of the incident will be duly clarified.” commented Vladimir Simonko, LGL Executive Director.

Legal gender recognition

Interactive webinar on legal gender recognition messaging – register now!

11 September 2018, 17.00 - 18.30 CEST
ILGA-Europe will host an interactive webinar on message framing for LGBTI activists and allies working on legal gender recognition based on self-determination. We will explore the experience of trans activists around the globe and put into practice the framing techniques examined during the previous webinars in the strategic communication series. You will hear from Mauro Cabral Grinspan, Executive Director of GATE; Sarah Phillips, Chair at TENI – Transgender Equality Network of Ireland; Richard Koehler, Senior Policy officer at TGEU – Transgender Europe.
Register for ILGA-Europe’s webinar.

A missed opportunity to recognise self-determination in Germany

On 15 August, the German Federal Government adopted a draft bill on a third gender option. This is not the final step, as the draft legislation must now be considered by parliament. However, activists have called the bill ‘a missed opportunity’ to recognise the right to self-determination of trans, intersex and all gender-diverse people. German legislators were required (following the Constitutional Court decision of October 2017) to amend the law on gender registration. However, the new bill suggests that the third gender category is only reserved for a specific group of intersex people who can provide a specific medical certificate on “Differences of Sexual Development”.


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ILGA celebrates 40 years of equality work!

ILGA, the oldest global organisation dedicated to achieving equal rights for LGBTI persons worldwide, is turning 40! Born in 1978 during the annual Campaign for Homosexual Equality conference, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association (ILGA) has to represent more than 1,300 member organisations from 141 countries across the globe. Today, the ILGA family stretches all over the globe: Pan Africa ILGA, ILGA Asia, ILGA-Europe, ILGA Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), ILGA North America and ILGA Oceania (Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and Pacific islands).
Read more about ILGA’s 40th anniversary.

Two internship opportunities at ILGA

ILGA has two internship opportunities: one full-time internship opportunity to work on UN Programme and Advocacy and a second full-time internship to work on communications. The internships are virtual, last for six months, and the interns can be based anywhere with a good internet connection. The deadline for Communications Intern applications is 9 September; the deadlines for applications for the UN Programme and Advocacy internship is 26 September.
Read more and apply.

ABA released Anti-violence Resource Guide

American Bar Association has released an important resource for LGBTI activists this month: Resource Guide for Addressing Bias-Motivated Violence Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity. The new Resource Guide contains reports, toolkits, actions guides, and other documents from intergovernmental entities and civil society organisations that have informed the approach of the Justice Works Program to strengthen anti-violence initiatives.
Read more.