According to ILGA-Europe’s Rainbow Map, for the past couple of years, Latvia has been in last place in the European Union when it comes to the legal and policy protections for LGBT+ people. Despite significant progress in societal acceptance of the LGBT+ community, Latvian politicians have remained highly conservative and continued to send a clear message that LGBT+ citizens are considered "second class". There were no signs that anything will change in this regard.
On 29 October 2018, the Office of the Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia issued an opinion.
On 7 March 2018, a committee of the Saeima (parliament) of Latvia, rejected a petition for introduction of partnership legislation which would recognise all unmarried couples.
ILGA-Europe congratulate the organisers of this historic and successful event.
ILGA-Europe is calling on Latvian politicians to seize this historic moment and to take the next major step towards equality for LGBTI people.
Read more about the theme of the Annual Conference in Rīga.
Our Annual Conference is the largest event on LGBTI political agenda in Europe and this year will bring together almost 350 human rights activists and decision makers from 48 countries.
Information about registration, speakers and important dates for the Annual Conference in Riga.
Look here for more information on the speakers at the Annual Conference 2014
Some notes from the ILGA-Europe Conference, Riga, Latvia, October 2014
By Miguel Vale de Almeida, Conference host