LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Gathering Online 2021

In the absence of our in-person Annual Conference again this year, ILGA-Europe will be organising The Gathering Online 2021, which will take place from Monday 25 to Friday 29 October. Please save the date!

In organising The Gathering Online again this year, all at ILGA-Europe are committed to creating an event where activists can come together to get inspired, learn, and feel empowered by working together. Our hope is to form a picture of shared challenges and opportunities currently for our movement and identify ways forward. To read more about our plan for this year’s Gathering, please have a look at our purpose statement.

While the title of The Gathering Online 2021 will be revealed later this month, we are happy to announce that this year we will pay particular attention to the following themes:

  • Resilience in the face of populism and growing opposition 
  • Racism, structural inequalities and socio-economic justice 

Important dates to put in your agenda:

  • 4 July: Deadline for proposals for programme contributions and requests of support for safely attending the Gathering Online 2021.
  • 3 September: Opening of registrations
  • 10 October: Deadline for registrations


Part of the programme will be provided with speech-to-text captioning in English and remote simultaneous interpretation in English<>Russian. We are also committed to hosting the event on a platform that is as accessible as possible for all participants. 

Stay tuned for more information about how we are working to make the Gathering Online 2021 an event which is as inclusive as possible!

Why is there no regular Annual Conference?

After careful consideration, we have concluded that the same reasons that led us to cancel the 2020 Annual Conference are still relevant. Beyond the logistical and practical considerations, we see the profound inequalities that exist in society, which are not only replicated, but exacerbated in our communities. While some of us might be lucky enough to have access to vaccination by next autumn and regain more freedom of movement, we are acutely aware that too many in the community will not be in this position. We also know that so many of your groups and organisations have been seriously impacted by this crisis, both financially and politically. We absolutely do not want the ILGA-Europe Annual Conference to be an event that only the most privileged amongst us can join. 

Will there be an in-person ILGA-Europe conference in 2022?

The answer is simple. Given a return to normal freedom of movement, we will keep our commitment to our friends in Bulgaria, where we were first planning to come together in 2020. We hope that 2022 will be the year we finally meet in person, in beautiful Sofia! In the meantime, we are committed to making The Gathering Online 2021 a moment for us to come together virtually, not only to address the issues that are of key importance to our community, but to gain a sense of united energy that is so key to the essential work you are so courageously committed to.

The ILGA-Europe Gathering Online on 19-23 October 2020 was an opportunity for the European and Central Asian LGBTI movement to engage, regroup and be empowered in times of turbulence.

The 23rd ILGA-Europe Annual Conference took place in Prague, Czech Republic from 23-26 October 2019. 

For the first time the Annual Conference took place in Brussels – the capital of Europe and the home of ILGA-Europe.

This year, the European LGBTI movement met in Warsaw from 1-4 November.

The Annual Conference 2016 kicked off in Nicosia from Wednesday 19 October to Saturday 22 October. The theme of the conference has been decided to be Power to the People - Celebrating 20 years of the strength within.

This year’s Annual Conference takes place in Athens between 28 and 31 October 2015.

The Annual Conference 2014 took place in Rīga, Latvia, from 9 to 11 October 2014, under the theme MOVEment: Leading Sustainable Change.

ILGA-Europe's Annual Conference 2013 will take place in Zagreb on 24-26 October 2013.​

ILGA-Europe's Annual Conference 2012 will take place in Dublin on 18-21 October 2012.

The 15th ILGA-Europe's Annual Conference will take place in Turin on 27-30 October 2011.

Information about the Annual Conferences held before 2011.