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ILGA-Europe's 15th Anniversary: Julia Ehrt
Read the 8th article in the celebration of the 15th Anniversary of ILGA-Europe - this time a contribution from Julia Ehrt, Co-Chair of Transgender Europe.
Read the contribution here

Get ready for the ILGA-Europe Annual Conference 2011
The ILGA-Europe Annual Conference 2011 is taking place this week in Turin, Italy.
Check out the keynote speakers, the Virtual Space and download the Delegate Pack here.

Study visit to OSCE and KPH

On 2-6 October ILGA-Europe organsied a study visit for 10 activists from the Western Balkans and Russia to the Organzation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and to Campaign Against Homophobia (KPH) - the leading LGBT organisation in Poland. The study visit was organised within the framework Step Up! project and Russian EIDHR project.


Northern Cyprus: Release all men arrested under the anti-gay Article 171. Abolish last remaining law in Europe that criminalises homosexuality

European Commission’s Progress Reports 2011 on countries aiming to join the European Union
On 12 October 2011, the European Commission issued its annual Enlargement Strategy and Progress Reports on EU accession and pre-accession countries.
Read more about the Progress Reports 2011 and ILGA-Europe's reponse here

Turkish translation of the main parts of the report 'Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in Europe'

The Council of Europe has translated the main part of the report 'Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in Europe' into Turkish.

Openly gay man and transgender woman in the Polish Parliament
At the October 2011 parliamentary elections, Robert Biedron became the first openly gay Member of the Parliament, and Anna Grodzka the first trans person elected as a Member of the Parliament in Poland. Both will be at the ILGA-Europe Annual Conference 2011 as keynote speakers.
Read more about the election of Robert Biedron here

Read more about the election of Anna Grodzka here

United Nations

Submit information for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Finland, United Kingdom, Poland and the Netherlands
The second UPR cycle will begin with the 13th UPR session in May 2012. For that purpose, NGOs in Finland, United Kingdom, Poland and the Netherlands are invited to submit their contributions as early as November 2011.
Check out the deadlines and read more about how to report here

Freedom of assembly

ILGA-Europe condemns the ban of Belgrade Pride 2011
The Belgrade Pride 2011 march, which was planned to take place on Sunday 2 October, has been banned by the Serbian National Security Council.
Read more about the banning of Belgrade Pride 2011

Minsk Pride march banned

Earlier this month, the Muncipality of Minsk banned the Pride event in Minsk.

Handbook on Monitoring Freedom of Peaceful Assembly, 2011

The Organization of Security and Co-operation in Europe has launched a handbook about how to monitor freedom of peaceful assembly.

Hate and violence

Two new publications on tackling hate crimes
ILGA-Europe is proud to present two new publications within our work on combatting hate crimes and violence against LGBTI people.
Read more the two new publications from ILGA-Europe here

Woman attacked for wearing LGBT shirt

A young woman was attacked in downtown Belgrade, Serbia, for wearing a t-shirt with LGBT symbols.

LGBTI families

The National Council in Switzerland says “NO” to the petition “Equal Opportunities for All Families”

The National Council of Switzerland rejected of the proposed petition called “Equal Opportunities for All Families”. This vote continues the discrimination of Swiss LGBTI families.

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