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Happy holidays from ILGA-Europe

ILGA-Europe wishes you all the best for 2012!

ILGA-Europe's 15th Anniversary: Pierre Baussand

Read the 10th article in the celebration of the 15th Anniversary of ILGA-Europe - this time as an interview with Pierre Baussand, Director of Social Platform.
Read the interview here

ILGA-Europe job opportunity - Programmes Director

Do you want to work with LGBTI issues and policies on a European level in a international non-governmental organisation based in Brussels? Have a look here for a challenging and exciting job opportunity.Note - deadline for applications: Monday, 16th January, 2012 (17.00 CET)
Read more the job opportunity here

From words to meaningful action: human rights of LGBTI people are universal and indivisible

ILGA-Europe issued a statement in connection with the International Human Rights Day 2011. Read the statement from ILGA-Europe here

World AIDS Day 2011 – getting to zero

ILGA-Europe issued a statement in connection with the World AIDS Day 2011.
Read ILGA-Europe's statement here

Mark your calendar - ILGA-Europe Annual Conference 2012 in Dublin, Ireland

Next year's Annual Conference will take place a week earlier "than usual" - mark your calendar to come to Dublin on the 18-21 October 2012.
Check out the video presentation made by next year's host GLEN which was shown at the Annual Conference 2010


Council of Europe Secretary General condemns propaganda bill in Russia

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, spoke out against the proposed "propaganda" law in St. Petersburg.

Catherine Ashton and MEPs receive petition on freedom of speech in Russia

The High Representative of the European Union Catherine Ashton and Members of the European Parliament received a petition with almost 250,000 signatures, urging them to support the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Russia. 24 hours after the petition was received, the European Parliament adopted a resolution in which it “condemns the recent proposals to criminalise public information about sexual orientation and gender identity in various Russian regions and at federal level”.
Read more about the petition on the website of the European Parliaments Intergroup on LGBT Rights

Northern Cypriots agree to repeal ban on homosexuality


European Parliament calls on Croatia to adopt national action plan for LGBT rights


Launch of major study into lives of older LGBT people in Ireland



Historic report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

A historic report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. Several times the report refers to the work of ILGA, and the report quotes the joint ILGA-Europe and IGLYO publication “Social Exclusion of Young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in Europe".
Read more here about the UN report and read the press release from Arc International here

ILGA-Europe members invited for Hillary Clinton landmark speech to the United Nations

LGBTI activists from all over the world were invited to Geneva, when the Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States, held a her landmark speech supporting the rights of LGBT people. Activist from GenderDoc M (Moldova), Russian LGBT Network, Lithuanian Gay League and Kontra (Croatia) took part in Geneva.
Read more here on the website of Lithuanian Gay League and watch and read the speech of Ms Clinton here

Ban Ki-moon calls homophobic bullying ‘a moral outrage, a grave violation of human rights'

In a message given during an event on ending violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the General Secretary of the United Nations strongly urged the Member States to work harder to protect young LGBTI people against homophobic bullying, associated violence and discrimination.
Read the full message from the UN chief here

Questionnaire by the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of assembly and association

The Special Rapporteur of the United Nations on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, is seeking feedback via a questionnaire, towards his first thematic report.
Read more about the report and how you can answer the questionnaire here.


Joining forces against homo- transphobic hate crime in The Hague

The closing conference of the ILGA-Europe project ‘Working with the police and challenging hate crimes in Europe 2008-2011’ was held in The Hague on 8 and 9 December 2011. The project was funded by the Dutch government and also supported by the European Union.
Read the media release here and read more about the closing conference here

First person charged for hate crime during Split Pride



First hearing in the European Court of Human Rights on second parent adoption in same-sex families

The European Court of Human Rights held its first public hearing on 1 December 2011 in the case of X. and Others v. Austria. The case concerns the complaint by two women, who live in a stable same-sex relationship, after an Austrian court refused to grant one of the partner's right to adopt the son of the other partner (second-parent adoption).
Read more about the hearing here

Hungarian Parliament debates homophobic family protection bill



Austrian Courts: No protection for lesbian employee



UK publishes its first National Transgender Action plan

The document sets out the specific actions for the government of the United Kingdom to advance trans equality. It includes firm commitments to improve the lives of trans people and support businesses and public bodies so they have the right tools to support trans people.
Read more about the action plan on the website of the Home Office of the UK


Help ILGA World to improve their website

ILGA World launched their new website almost two years ago, and now they want to improve the user experience. You can help by filling out this survey.
Read more about how you can help here

Call for proposals: Fundamental Rights and Citizenship "Action grants" 2011-2012

The European Commission has launched a call for proposals for transnational projects that promotes the development of a European society based upon respect for fundamental rights, fighting against racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism and promoting better interfaith and intercultural understanding and improved tolerance in the EU. Deadline for submission of proposals: 13 March 2012, 12.00 CET
Read more about this funding opportunity here

Internship opportunity: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Rights Lawyer for Interights

Interights is seeking applications from lawyers working on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights. This internship focuses on LGBTI in Africa with the aim of developing INTERIGHTS' strategic work in the region.
Read more about the opportunity here

Job opportunity: Communications Officer at Equinet

Equinet, the European Network of Equality Bodies is currently seeking to appoint a Communications Officer. Closing date for receipt of applications: 21 December 2011.
Read more about the job opportunity here


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.