LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

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Rainbow Map 2020

Once-leading countries in Europe are falling behind.

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

The ILGA-Europe board made the difficult decision as countries across the world take unprecedented measures to slow down the Covid-19 pandemic.

2 April 2020
Visit for the 'Atlas of Hate'.

ILGA-Europe is working in close cooperation with LGBTI organisations in Poland, assessing together on an on-going basis how civil society organiations, European and national policy-makers and other

20 March 2020

ILGA-Europe is committed to making sure our vital work carries on

18 March 2020
Annual Review of the Human Rights Situation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex People

Amid rising hate speech and crime, vulnerable people across Europe find themselves disconnected from the popular story of the region’s success in securing LGBTI rights.

3 February 2020

Opening accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania is critical in protecting LGBTI rights.

27 January 2020
Logo of ILGA-Europe with the text that says ILGA-Europe and small balls with rainbow colours

ILGA-Europe is inviting you to apply for this new funding opportunity to support D/deaf and disabled LGBTI activism. 

16 January 2020

ECHR found Lithuania’s failure to investigate hateful comments against a gay couple to violate their rights as well as being discriminatory on the ground of sexual orientation.


14 January 2020
a webinar on the results of the needs assessment

We will host a webinar on the results of the needs assessment that will inform ILGA-Europe’s capacity building work and donor funding strategies in the coming years.

20 December 2019
General view on the hemicycle of the European Parliament in Strasbourg

A resolution adopted by the European Parliament today makes a strong call across the European Union.

18 December 2019
Lola's portrait, provided by herself.

A court in Kyrgyzstan has found in favour of a trans woman, after a TV channel illegally filmed her and broadcast the footage, ordering compensation for damage to her morale.

22 November 2019
A visual with the picture from a session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe with the parliamentarians sitting. On the top half of this picture, there is a dark blue text area with ILGA-Europe and Autism Europe logos and the text says: 'Call for contributions: LGBTI and autism submission to Council of Europe'.

We are working to prepare a short submission on the specific needs and struggles of LGBTI people on the autism spectrum and their families, and are looking for inputs to this submission.

19 November 2019

Civil Rights Defenders, International Federation for Human Rights, Front Line Defenders, and ILGA-Europe call upon Turkish authorities to drop all charges against 19 LGBTI+ rights defenders.

7 November 2019