LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

The Fund supported small and medium-scale projects (up to 5,000 euros with no minimum amount requirement), intended to produce reports on the situation and cases of today and immediate past with a potential to be used for advocacy purposes. The documentation themes supported by the Fund are human rights violations by law-enforcement authorities, discrimination of LGBT people in prisons, discrimination and hate crimes on the grounds of gender identity and expression, access of LGBT people to healthcare or education, hate crimes and hate speech (including in media), quantitative studies (e.g. based on questionnaires) on human rights violations and discrimination. Three projects had been supported within this call in Cyprus, Lithuania, and Poland.

The information contained in the documentation reports has subsequently been used by ILGA-Europe in its lobbying activities with the European institutions: European Union, Council of Europe and the OSCE.

Cyprus: Raising awareness on the needs of LGBT people in Cyprus: Targeting evidence-based change in the socio-political context

Name of the implementing organisations: Cyprus Family Planning Association (CFPA) & Accept - LGBT Cyprus

Contact information:

Cyprus Family Planning Association (CFPA)

Lefkonos 20, Apt. 303, 2064 Strovolos, Nicosia

Phone: +22751093


Accept – LGBT Cyprus

c/o NGO Support Centre, 27 Ezekia Papaioannou, P.O.Box 29131, 1621, Nicosia, Cyprus


Phone: +99 349439

Contact persons: Maria Epaminonda and Sylvie Mantis

Grant amount: EUR 4940

Period of implementation: September 2011 – August 2012


The project aim was to publish the results of the report resulting from the study «Sexual Orientation in Cyprus: Mapping the socio-political change, experiences and needs», conducted within the 7th ILGA- Documentation Fund’s call and to disseminate it among relevant stakeholders to advocate for the LGBT rights in Cyprus. The full report was sent to specific key decision makers; the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defence, all presidents of the Parliamentary Committees, the ombudsman, the commissioner for Children’s rights, the chief of police, the Cyprus Radio-television Authority and the Cyprus Youth Board.

Lithuania: The Changing Face of The LGBT Movement in Lithuania: Baltic Pride’s Influence on the Promotion of Human Rights

Name of the implementing organisation: Lithuanian Gay League (LGL)

Contact information:

A. Jaksto 22-15

LT-01105 Vilnius, Lithuania

Phone: +370 52610314


Contact person: Em Šaras

Grant amount: EUR 5000

Period of implementation: May 2011 – April 2012


The project was aimed to document and analyse media coverage around the Baltic Pride in 2010 and offered assessment on how LGBT people were represented in that context. Through a seminar, the project was used to develop relationships with media professionals, academics, NGOs and the LGBT community itself. A glossy book, also containing photos of the pride, was used to describe the outcomes of the project, and presented during a press conference.

Poland: Report on Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Poland for the Years 2010-2011

Name of the implementing organisation: Campaign against Homophobia (KPH)

Contact information:

ul. Żelazna 68

00-866 Warszawa, Poland

Phone: 0048 22 423 64 38


Contact person: Mirosława Makuchowska

Grant amount: EUR 4940

Period of implementation: May 2011 – June 2012


The aim of the study on LGB people was to collect data on the social situation of bisexual and homosexual persons in Poland in the years 2010 and 2011 and compare them to data gathered through survey conducted in 2005 and 2006. The data collected is aimed to answer the questions: what forms of physical and psychological violence, and unequal treatment are experienced by the LGB persons (lesbians, gays, bisexual); in what areas and to what extent they do hide their sexual orientation and social-demographic variables characterize it. The study also includes such aspects as welfare, mental state (substance use, suicidal thoughts, ways of dealing with difficulties), and core values. The study on transgender people provides information on current social situation of transgender people in Poland.