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ILGA-Europe's 15th Anniversary: Renato Sabbadini

Read the 7th article in the celebration of the 15th Anniversary of ILGA-Europe - this time a contribution from Renato Sabbadini, member of the ILGA-Europe Board 2007-2008, co-Secretary General of ILGA since 2008. 
Read the contribution here


Call for proposals - Implementing the Council of Europe Recommendation on LGBT Rights

ILGA-Europe's Human Rights Violations Documentation Fund announced a call for proposals to support implementation of the Council of Europe Recommendation on LGBT Rights. Deadline for applications: 7 November 2011
Read more about the call for proposals here


And the winner is…. Colin de la Motte from Berlin!

In September, ILGA-Europe held a competition in order to reach out to individuals and asked all to join the ILGA-Europe community by signing up to our email lists. The prize was a trip to Turin (Italy) where in the end of October the 15th anniversary Annual Conference of ILGA-Europe will take place. The lucky winner was Colin de la Motte from Berlin.
Read more about the competition and how you also can be a part of the ILGA-Europe community here



New Family Code in Slovenia meets strong opposition 

The Slovenian Parliament has requested a referendum on a newly adopted Family Code, which brought more equality to same-sex couples. The request came after pressure from right wing groups who managed to collect more than 25,000 signatures in two days 
Read more about the developments in Slovenia here

European Commission: Banning gay men from donating blood is against EU law

Answering a written question from Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission explained that EU law does not warrant a blanket ban on blood donations from gay or bisexual men.
Read more about this in the media release from the European Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights

Main findings from study on discrimination of LGBT people available in Serbo-Croatian

The main findings from the major study of the Council of Europe on discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in Europe is now available in Serbo-Croatian. 

European Parliament welcomes recent UN developments on sexual orientation and gender identity

The European Parliament joined the United Nations’ call for safeguarding the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the world. The text was co-signed by 6 out of 7 political groups, and adopted with a very wide majority.


New publication from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has published a booklet entitled 'Working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & intersex persons on forced displacement'.


Thomas Hammarberg: Schools must stop spreading homophobic and transphobic messages

Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, made a strong comment on how important it is to focus on LGBTphobic bullying in a school environment.


Belgrade Pride march will take place as scheduled on 2 October 

 The Pride event in Belgrade has received strong international support but at the same time there is increasing internal pressure on the organisers to cancel the Pride march due to high security risk. Organisers insist that the Pride march will not be cancelled. Right wing groups are organising a number of counter demonstrations. ILGA-Europe will be present and will closely monitor the Pride march.


Facing Facts! - Call to Action for Civil Society Organisations working against hate crime

ILGA-Europe is an associated partner of a new project about hate crime called Facing Facts! This project will explore different types of hate/bias violence and propose new common advocacy and policy tools building on various networks' experiences.
Read more about the project and how you can help here


First ever international intersex forum

Between 3-5 September 2011, the first International Intersex Organising Forum took place in Brussels. ILGA-Europe together with ILGA World organised and sponsored the event.
Read more about the event and the outcomes here



As part of its programme of work to encourage the use of strategic litigation to promote LGBTI rights in Europe, ILGA-Europe is holding a one-day training session on litigation in the field of the rights of trans people, in association with Transgender Europe.
Read more about the training session and how you can apply here
Stop Trans Pathologization 2012 publishes English version of 'Reflections on Trans Depathologization and Health Rights'
The English (and Portuguese) translations of the Stop Trans Pathologization 2012-campaign document titled 'Reflections on Trans Depathologization and Health Rights' published in Spanish in July 2011, is now available.

Join the global effort toward ICD reform and trans depathologisation

GATE - Global Action for Trans* Equality has started a campaign to promote the the process of reviewing the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) by the World Health Organization. The proposals must be sent to the WHO working group by mid December 2011.
Find out how you can participate here


European Parliament asks WHO to depathologise transgender identities

The European Parliament adopted a resolution which calls on the World Health Organization to withdraw gender identity disorders from the list of mental and behavioral disorders. 


Job opportunity - Researcher on the Balkans and Eastern Europe at Human Rights Watch, Berlin or Budapest

Human Rights Watch are looking for a Researcher on the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Note the deadline for applications: September 30, 2011

David Kato Vision & Voice Award

The David Kato Vision & Voice Award will be awarded annually, on Human Rights Day (10 December), to an individual who demonstrates courage and outstanding leadership in advocating for the sexual rights of LGBTI people, particularly in environments where these individuals face continued rejection, marginalisation, isolation and persecution. ILGA-Europe is a part of the advisory committee.

Conference - Good Practices in Gender Mainstreaming: Towards Effective Gender Training

The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) is organising a conference on gender training in Brussels on the 28 November 2011.


ILGA-Europe Rainbow Digest is published by ILGA-Europe - the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Intersex Association

ISSN 1998-8117
Editor: Mehmet Akin
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This publication has been produced with the financial support of the Rights Equality and Citizenship (REC) programme 2014-2020 of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of ILGA-Europe and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.