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

Equality Mainstreaming fact sheet, 2007

Mainstreaming is one concept that since the 1990’s has gained popularity in international spheres. 

The United Nations, the Council of Europe and the European Commission have been developing gender mainstreaming with more of less success for some time. The term non-discrimination mainstreaming is now used at the European Union level to include other groups, which have been discriminated against, amongst which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. This factsheet looks at equality mainstreaming (as going beyond the anti-discrimination framework to achieve equality in practice). After defining the term equality mainstreaming, it highlights why this methodology is important and what are the conditions for it to work. Finally some sample questions and recommendations are given to contribute to the process of equality mainstreaming for policy-makers.