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15 October 2020

Dear Commission President von der Leyen,

15 October 2020

On Monday 14 September, ILGA-Europe together with Polish LGBT rights organisations KPH (Campaign Against Homophobia) and Fundacja Równości (The Equality Foundation) submitted a legal compla

15 September 2020

The municipal and police authorities had been informed of the event well in advance and they had been specifically requested to protect the members of Odesa Pride against foreseeable protests by na

11 September 2020
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Young LGBTIQ people are experiencing homeless every day, often rejected by parents, families and society because of their sexuality or gender identities.

17 August 2020
Poland, 7 August 2020

After nearly 2 years of mounting pressure, things came to a boiling point yesterday, August 7, in Warsaw. A spontaneous protest related to the “preventative detention” of an LGBTI activist, Margot Szutowicz, resulted in 48 arrests and extensive police brutality last night. More protests, and more arrests, are expected today as the repression of LGBTI people goes unabated.

8 August 2020
Courtroom European Court of Human Rights

In the judgement Rana v. Hungary delivered today, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) held that Hungary had breached its obligation to protect the right to private life under Article 8 of the Convention by rejecting the application of an Iranian transgender refugee to have his name and sex marker changed officially.

16 July 2020

To celebrate Pride season across Europe, Revolut, one of the biggest FinTech communities in the world, has released a new rainbow card for customers in the UK and Europe. Before they can order the new rainbow card, Revolut customers will need to donate a minimum of £3.00 (or currency equivalent) to ILGA-Europe.

3 July 2020

ILGA-Europe, ENAR and 150 organisations across Europe co-signed this open letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to raise our serious concerns regarding the lack of reaction of EU leaders regarding police brutality against people of colour in Europe as well as institutional and structural racism.

12 June 2020

The proposed amendment will make it impossible for trans people between the ages of 18 and 21 and trans people with “behavioural disorders” of all ages to exercise their right to legal gender recognition and other fundamental human rights set out in international human rights treaties ratified by Kazakhstan.

10 June 2020

The repealing of this Law means that in practice, LGBTI people are not efficiently and effectively protected from discrimination.

29 May 2020

TGEU, ILGA-Europe, IGLYO, and OII Europe condemn decision of Hungarian Parliament to follow the government and restrict access to fundamental rights for trans and intersex people.

19 May 2020

There has been little progress in the lived experience of LGBTI people in Europe over the past seven years.

15 May 2020

In response to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán letter dated 5 May 2020, regarding to Article 33 of the proposed Omnibus Bill, 2020.

15 May 2020
Rainbow Map 2020

Published today, May 14, 2020, the ILGA-Europe Rainbow Map and Index reveals that once-leading countries in Europe are falling behind in t

14 May 2020

We call on Turkey to respect, guarantee, protect and fulfil the fundamental rights of the LGBTI community without discrimination as enshrined by its Constitution and equality article therein (article 10), and ratified by human rights treaty bodies.

8 May 2020

Together with NELFA we call on the Finnish government to address the needs of rainbow families in the new Finnish Parental Law. This is an opportunity for Finland to become a European leader in the recognition of the rights of all families.

5 May 2020

In our continued call for the Hungarian government to stop the attack on legal gender recognition, we have sent a joint letter with OII-Europe and TGEU. In the letter, we list the international calls to #Drop33 of a legislative omnibus bill–which would deny access to legal gender recognition in the country–including from the COE Commissioner for Human Rights and an admonition from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

28 April 2020

The CJEU held that statements made by a lawyer during a radio programme, saying he would never recruit a “homosexual” or wish to use the services of such persons, fall within the material scope of EU Directive 2000/78 (‘the anti-discrimination directive’).

24 April 2020
Bringing cases before the European Commission: A strategic complaint mechanism for LGBTI Activists in the European Union

ILGA-Europe is holding a webinar on bringing cases to the European Commission. 

10 April 2020