European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

Different families, Same rights? LGBT Families under Human Rights law

This document is an important contribution to ILGA-Europe’s work towards the recognition of diverse forms of families and an end to the current discrimination against LGBT families and their children.

The recognition of LGBT families is one of the main themes on which ILGA-Europe’s work focuses. We strive 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. Most importantly, the rights of the child are at the core and guiding ILGA-Europe’s demands for recognition of diverse families.

This publication is the first of a collection of booklets related to different aspects of LGBT families ranging from social and legal issues to more practical consequences of not recognising LGBT families.