LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

January 2018

Consultancy opportunities, Refugee rights, Inclusive education, Attitudes to trans people, and more...


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Civil society space


Equality and non-discrimination

Legal gender recognition and bodily integrity

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ILGA-Europe are seeking two consultants to support our work. One to work on Third Gender Marker Options, and another to work on our Strategic Planning Process. Details can be found on our website. Read more

Support our work in 2018

2017 was a tough and challenging year for the LGBTI movement in Europe, and ILGA-Europe was supporting the movement throughout. As we look ahead to our work in 2018, we ask our supporters to consider a regular donation to strengthen our work. Read more

New ILGA-Europe Blog

ILGA-Europe is launching a new blog in the next few days. We'll be using this to spark debate, consider current and emerging issues, and to keep our supporters informed about more of our work. Look out for an email in the coming days, inviting you to join the conversation!

Call for Proposals: Review of the implementation of the Council of Europe recommendation on LGBT Rights

The scope of the call is to contribute to the effective monitoring of the implementation of the Recommendation by member states, and to increase the capacity of LGBTI organisations to carry out evidence-based advocacy in Europe, particularly in relation to the implementation of the Recommendation. Under this call for proposals, grants will be made to organisations working at national level either on their own or in partnership. Read more


Tests should not be used on LGBTI refugees

In a seminal judgment in the F v Bevándorlási és Állampolgársági Hivatal case, the Court of Justice of the EU ruled that psychological testing should not be used as a credibility check and is in violation of the right to privacy and dignity enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU. Read more

Civil society space

FRA report maps out what EU must do to protect civil society

‘Challenges facing civil society organisations working on human rights in the EU’ acknowledges that the issue of shrinking civil society space is present, widespread, and needs to be addressed urgently. A series of recommendations provide practical suggestions how the EU and its Member States can better protect civil society space. Read more


My Rainbow Family

The first Croatian picture book about same-sex families, 'My Rainbow Family', recently published by the Rainbow Families association, was launched at the French Institute in Zagreb in January. Read more

Coman case: Advocate General publishes opinion on spousal definition

Advocate General Wathelet noted that while EU Member States are free to decide on their own marriage legislation, they may not impede an EU citizen’s freedom of residence by refusing to grant their same-sex spouse residence. Read more

Equality and non-discrimination

European Lesbian* Conference - Report

Organisers of the first European Lesbian* Conference, which took place in Vienna in October, have published a report on the event. . Read more

83% of Russians 'consider gay sex reprehensible'

A new poll, conducted in December, exposed a massive spike in anti-LGBTQ attitudes in Russia, with little distinction between generations when it comes to views on same-sex relationships. In Russia’s urban and rural areas, just 8% of the 1,600 people surveyed did not object to gay sex.. Read more

Safety in school for every student: possibility or utopia?

Ahead of LGL, the Lithuanian LGBT* rights organisation, publishing the results of its schools survey, they have published an article on the school experiences of Lithuanian, American and Belarussian students, and the challenges faced by inclusive education experts and LGBT* activists in these countries. Read more

IGLYO launches LGBTQI Inclusive Education Index & Report

This new Report, launched on 23 January, provides much needed qualitative data on areas such as laws, policies, teacher training, and inclusive curricula to highlight both good practices and areas for development in each country and ensure that LGBTQI learners feel safe, supported and included within state educational institutions. Read the Report and Index.

EuroPride 2018: The Voice of Change

The organisers of EuroPride 2018, Stockholm Pride and West Pride, have launched a film to highlight trans rights across the world. The Voice of Change is a trans person’s journey to becoming the person he was meant to be, and a message that gives a voice to trans people all over the world. Watch now

Oppression Squared: D/deaf and disabled Trans experiences in Europe

On Monday, TGEU will launch its latest report on the experiences of deaf and disabled trans people in Europe. It sets out the various challenges that people face in accessing their human rights, and discusses the barriers that people experience in attempting to engage with LGBTIQ organisations. The report includes an extensive list of practical steps that organisations can take to overcome or reduce these barriers. Read more

Global Attitudes Towards Transgender People

A majority of people want their country to do more to protect and support transgender people, worldwide polling - including in 11 European countries - has found. The survey of almost 20,000 people provides major insight into public attitudes, and gives clear indications of the challenges in changing public opinion. Read more

Legal gender recognition and bodily integrity

Standing Up for the Human Rights of Intersex People

New translations of the joint OII and ILGA-Europe toolkit are now available in Bulgarian, Icelandic, Italian, Greek and Russian, in addition to older translations already available. Read more

Russia approves Legal Gender Recognition Procedure

On 22 January, the Russian Ministry of Health’s order approving a form of medical certificate for change of trans persons’ gender marker, as well as a procedure for issuing such a certificate, was published. The order will come into force tomorrow. Read more

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SOGI Campaigns seek Community Manager

SOGI Campaigns are offering a freelance assignment for an experienced and resourceful Community Manager to build their work and expand their reach. It's a six month assignment for two days per week. Read more

Support Single Step in Bulgaria with a simple vote!

Single Step are a new organisation supporting LGBTI people in Bulgaria. They've made it through to the final round of a national TV competition where the top prize is serious funding and media exposure. It takes two minutes to give them your vote in support. Read more

Consultancy roles with Accept Romania

Accept Romania are seeking three consultants to deliver training of trainers and facilitating an exchange of good practices on a range of LGBTI topics. Applications close on 6th February. Read more