Dublin to host top European LGBT conference

24 September 2012

This October will see Dublin host the 15th Annual Conference of the International Lesbian and Gay Association - Europe (ILGA-Europe). The conference is being hosted by a collective of Irish national and regional lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organisations including GLEN, BelongTo, TENI, LinC, The Cork Gay Project, Dundalk Outcomers, Marriagequality, Outhouse, LGBT diversity, The NLGF and Dublin Pride.

The conference will bring together over 350 people who work for the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex rights across Europe and Council of Europe member countries. It is the main annual gathering on LGBTI issues in this part of the world.

The theme of the conference is "Advancing LGBTI Equality in Challenging Economic Times'.

THe conference will be addressed by a range of policy makers and policy formers including the Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore T.D., Mary Lawlor, Executive Director of Frontline Defenders, Nils Muižnieks,Council of Europe Human Commissioner for Human Rights and Ilze Viņķele, Latvian Minister for Welfare.

Chairman of the organising committee, Tiernan Brady believes the theme of the conference couldn't be more topical "There has been enormous progress in Western Europe over the last two decades in both legal and social progress for LGBT people, not least in Ireland."

"However, across Europe there remain considerable difficulties for very many LGBTI people in other countries. For example, St. Petersburg recently enacted laws outlawing freedom of expression on LGBT issues and police failed to protect LGBT people from coordinated attack at a Pride march in Skopje last year. Brady continue

"The conference will focus on ways to continue to deliver progress and will explore strategies to put equality and diversity at the centre of economic development strategies across Europe and beyond. The ILGA-Europe conference is the most important opportunity each year to build solidarity and support among those working for equality for LGBTI people." Brady concluded.

To read more about the conference you can go to ILGA-Europe's website.