What is ILGA-Europe?

ILGA-Europe is the European region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.

This section gives information about what ILGA-Europe is, how the organisation is structured, what the organisation has achieved, who the members are, the history of ILGA-Europe and much more.

ILGA-Europe in a brief

  • ILGA-Europe is the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Intersex Association
  • ILGA-Europe works for equality and human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans & intersex (LGBTI) people at the European level
  • ILGA-Europe is an international non-governmental umbrella organisation bringing together 407 organisations from 45 of the 49 countries in Europe
  • ILGA-Europe was established as a separate region of ILGA and an independent legal entity in 1996. ILGA was established in 1978
  • ILGA-Europe advocates for human rights and equality for LGBTI people at the European level, before organisations such as the European Union (EU), the Council of Europe (CoE) and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
  • ILGA-Europe strengthens the European LGBTI movement by providing trainings and support to its member organisations and other LGBTI groups on lobbying, advocacy, fundraising, litigation, organisational development and communications
  • ILGA-Europe has its office in Brussels - look here for its current staff members.
  • ILGA-Europe is a member of Social Platform, the largest civil society alliance fighting for social justice and participatory democracy in Europe
  • Since 1997 ILGA-Europe enjoys participative status at the Council of Europe
  • Since 2001 ILGA-Europe receives its largest funding from the European Commission
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ILGA-Europe Glossary

This glossary will help you through the world of special terms and abbreviations that ILGA-Europe uses in its daily work. You can find out what we mean, when we say or write: LGBTI, hate crime, The European Commission, biphobia heteronormativity, Council of Europe, intersex, capacity development ect.

Vision, mission, core values and strategic objectives

What is ILGA-Europe's vision, mission and core values? Find moreover the overall strategic objectives of ILGA-Europe here, and download the strategic plan for 2011-2013 for more details.

Our structure

Learn more how ILGA-Europe is structured here.

Our achievements

ILGA-Europe was established as a region of ILGA in 1996, and since then the organisation has been engaged in extensive activities aimed at promoting LGBTI rights through the principal European institutions together with our member organisations.

Read more about the achievements here.

Our history

In this section you will find details on ILGA-Europe history year-by-year since ILGA-Europe was established in 1996. We sincerely thank Kurt Krickler, Vera Cîmpeanu and Gerhard Grühn who put together all these facts and summarised all important achievements and events and organised a fascinating display during ILGA-Europe anniversary 10th annual conference on 26-29 October 2006 in Sofia.

Relationship to ILGA

Are ILGA and ILGA-Europe not the same? Read here for more information.


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