LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

European Equality Gala

Thank you to everyone who joined and supported the Equality Gala Online!

COVID-19 meant that this June we took the European Equality Gala, ILGA-Europe’s annual fundraising party, online.

Our very first Equality Gala Online on 25 June featured Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović; EU Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli; representatives of the European Parliament LGBTI Intergroup; frontline LGBTI activists; and drag artist and YouTube creator, Candy Crash.

Read here more about the best moments of the European Equality Gala Online.

Right now, the power of solidarity is more important than ever. Your donations and support will mean that ILGA-Europe can play its unique role in leading political change and building and bolstering a strong LGBTI movement in Europe at a time when it has never been more needed.



Evelyne Paradis

Executive Director of ILGA-Europe

Robbie Stakelum

Policy Officer at FEANTSA, and founder of Colloquium Coaching


Helena Dalli

European Commissioner for Equality

Helena Dalli is the EU Commissioner for Equality. She was Malta’s Minister responsible for equality during 2013-2019 advancing amongst others a series of laws and policies with direct beneficial impact to the LGBTIQ community.

Dunja Mijatović

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

Dunja Mijatović was elected Commissioner for Human Rights on 25 January 2018 by the Parliamentary Assembly and took up her position on 1 April 2018.

National of Bosnia and Herzegovina, she has been working to promote and protect human rights for the past two decades, thus acquiring extensive knowledge in the field of international monitoring, in particular as regards freedom of expression.

Prior to her appointment as Commissioner for Human Rights, she has served as OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (2010-2017), Director of Broadcast of the Communications Regulatory Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (2001-2010), Chair of the European Platform of Regulatory Agencies (2007–2010) and of the Council of Europe's Group of Specialists on Freedom of Expression and Information in Times of Crisis (2005-2007).

Mirosława Makuchowska

Political Team Manager, Campaign Against Homophobia, Poland

Mirosława Makuchowska is an LGBT activist from Poland and has been working with the Campaign Against Homophobia (KPH) since 2006. 

Currently the KPH Political Team Manager, Mirka focuses on research on the LGBT situation in Europe and advocacy work. KPH's advocacy priorities include the introduction of hate crime legislation (including homophobia and transphobia), the legalisation of same-sex unions, and the promotion of acceptance for LGBT persons through education and social campaigns. She graduated from the University of Wrocław, where she studied sociology, and the Academy of Antidiscrimination Education, with a degree in gender studies.

Teodora Roseti-Ion-Rotaru

Executive Director of ACCEPT Association, Romania

She joined ACCEPT Association in 2013, as a volunteer.

Throughout her time at ACCEPT, Teodora coordinated programs, the relationship with the media, partners and the community, and led notorious public campaigns, chiefly the national communication regarding the Coman case (2016-2018) and the boycott campaign regarding the national referendum to ban same sex marriage in the Romanian Constitution (2018). A graduate of the European Administrative Affairs program at the College of Europe (Bruges), where she specialized in interest representation and Europeanization, Teodora is a convinced federalist and fights illiberalism and shallow Europeanization in eastern accession member states through activism for democracy and human rights.

Candy Crash

Drag artist and YouTube creator

Candy Crash is a Berlin-based drag artist and YouTube creator, vlogging about beauty and using their platform to talk and educate about sexual and gender diversity, homophobia and HIV. Candy competed in the first season of Queen of Drags Germany, and has been columnist for LGBT publication Siegessäule.

Greetings from representatives of the European Parliament's LGBTI Intergroup 

Read here more about the best moments of the European Equality Gala Online.

If you have questions about the event or how to donate to the fundraiser, please contact

A huge thank you to our sponsor Google, and to all our supporters around Europe and beyond who attended and donated!