LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Brussels 2018

The 22nd ILGA-Europe Annual Conference took place in Brussels, Belgium from 24-27 October 2018




For the first time the Annual Conference took place in Brussels – the capital of Europe and the home of ILGA-Europe.

It was organised in close cooperation with three local host organisations: Arc-en-Ciel WallonieÇavaria, and RainbowHouse

Since the 2017 Annual Conference in Warsaw, LGBTI activists, groups, and organisations in Europe and Central Asia have faced so many questions... We found both negative and positive answers to those questions. Watch our Year in Review video with Rainbow Search to see all the answers.

Year in Review 2018 with Rainbow Search from ILGA-Europe on Vimeo.

A strong call for change – right at the heart of the European political system

At one of the largest ever ILGA-Europe Annual Conferences, hundreds of equality and diversity organisations came together to issue a strong call for change – right at the heart of the European political system. Over 550 LGBTI activists and allies gathered together between 24-27 October in Brussels, at a time when populism, nationalism, anti-equality groups and right-wing extremism are prominent features – infiltrating both our news headlines and our daily lives. And LGBTI equality is at the forefront of all of this.
Read the press statement in full.

Group photo for the Intersex Awareness Day: ‘Protect intersex children!’

The participants of 2018 Annual Conference came together on 26 October to take a group photo to mark the Intersex Awareness Day and to highlight the challenges still faced by intersex people in today's society. OII-Europe has decided to focus on intersex children this year and prepared many materials to help the parents of intersex children, so we gathered in the hotel lobby with our intersex flags and signs saying ‘Protect intersex children!’
Read OII-Europe and IGLYO’s toolkit for parents of intersex children.
Watch the video prepared by OII-Italia and supported by our Creating Opportunities programme.


Help us continue the scholarship programme

74 activists were able to attend the 2018 ILGA-Europe Annual Conference on a full or partial scholarship thanks to our generous supporters. We need your help to provide this opportunity to even more activists next year. Make a difference and donate to the Diversity Fund today.
Donate to the Diversity Fund.

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