LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Turn on the Lights 2017

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Let's leave racism behind and the rainbow's full spectrum shine.

We know that racism and ethnic discrimination exists, inside and outside the LGBTI communities. But the follow-up question can be a trickier one to answer: Am I doing enough to make change happen?

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2017, ILGA-Europe are asking ourselves that very question. And the answer can be uncomfortable. If we are honest, many of us know that we carry unconscious bias and assumptions around with us every day. It’s unintentional, but it’s there.

It’s time for a reality check.

LGBTI organisations need to make sure that their doors are open for everyone in the LGBTI communities, from all races, ethnic backgrounds, and identities. The journey to full LGBTI equality must be intersectional. ILGA-Europe know that we are in a privileged position, but that does not mean that we do not have a role to play in calling out intolerance, xenophobia and racism. To mark 21 March 2017, ILGA-Europe are acknowledging that we are committed to engaging and tackling our own bias. Will you join us?

Watch now: LGBTI activists turn on the lights against racism!

Evelyne Paradis, ILGA-Europe's Executive Director, invites you to turn on the lights: 


Let's be honest, we need a reality check on racism:


Why is it important to turn on the lights on racism in the LGBTI communities?


How can we overcome racism and ethnic discrimination? Activists share their strategies:


Racism and ethnic discrimination in the LGBTI communities - what are we talking about? Activists share their thoughts:

Check out our magazine: 

Destination >> Equality: Race and ethnicity - Autumn 2016 issue



This issue is a very first step for us at ILGA-Europe towards naming the specific challenges faced by people of different races and ethnicities in our movement, and making the realities of LGBTI people of colour or from ethnic minority backgrounds visible. Our fight for equality for LGBTI people demands that we genuinely look at how racism intersects with LGBTI-phobia, patriarchy and heterosexism. Raise your voice, educate yourself, reach out, let’s eradicate racism together.

Join us!

Use #rainbowspectrum and have a look at our social media campaign!

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