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What we do

What We Do

The vision of ILGA is of a world where all human rights of all are respected and where everyone can live in equality and freedom; a world where global justice and equity are assured and established regardless of the people’s sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and sex (intersex

The fulfill this vision, the mission of ILGA is:

  1. To act as a leading organisation and a global voice for the rights of those who face discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression and sex (intersex),
  2. To work towards achieving equality, freedom and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people through advocacy, collaborative actions, and by educating and informing relevant international and regional institutions as well as governments, media and civil society,
  3. To empower our members and other human rights organisations in promoting and protecting human rights, irrespective of people’s sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression and sex (intersex) and to facilitate cooperation and solidarity among ILGA regions and members,
  4. To promote diversity and strengths of LGBTI people around the world.


ILGA strives to achieve these goals by:

– Continuing to hold the world conference:

The main body of ILGA is the world conference which takes place every two years and adopts the strategic plan and elects the two co-secretaries general, the women, the trans and [from 2014] the intersex secretariats, who sit on the executive board together with two representatives for each region elected at their respective regional conferences. The executive board approves the annual operational plans implementing the strategic objectives and other relevant policies.

In 2014, ILGA held its XXVII world conference, “De-colonising our bodies”, in Mexico City (27-31 October), populated with panels and workshops on a set of strategic issues for the LGBTI movement (e.g. impact of advocacy at the UN, acknowledging the differences between the movements, the balance between social change and policy change), preceded by a set of pre-conferences (e.g. trans, intersex, inter-faith) and trainings (e.g. women leadership, fundraising) on the two preceding days.


– Continuing to hold regional conferences:

In addition to the world conference, ILGA holds annual regional conferences to further focus on region specific LGBTI issues.

In 2014 ILGA held five regional conferences. These took place in Nairobi, Africa (24-28 March), Darwin, Australia (14 May), La Havana, Cuba (6-10 May), Toronto, Canada (21-22 June), and Riga, Latvia (9-11 October).


– Working closely with the UN and continuing to support LGBTI activists:

As the largest global federation of LGBTI organisations, ILGA voices its agenda in various United Nations forums. ILGA gives visibility to the struggles of its members lobbying at the Human Rights Council, helping them questioning their government’s record on LGBTI rights in the frame of the Universal Periodic Review, organising a presence at the Commission on the Status of Women and campaigning for LGBTI organisations to gain the right to speak in their own name at the UN through its ECOSOC status.

In 2014 ILGA will continue to organise initiatives and work with and support LGBTI activists coming to Geneva during the Universal Periodic Review of their respective countries and to other relevant sessions of the UN Human Rights Council and to New York during the sessions of the Commission of the Status of Women (March).


– Supporting our global network

ILGA will continue to support its 3 global South regional structures (Africa, Asia and LAC) in their registration process with the relevant authorities, in the opening of offices and hiring of staff (the office of ILGA-LAC in Buenos Aires opened in December 2013, the office of ILGA-Asia opened in Hong Kong in February 2014, the office of Pan Africa ILGA opened in Johannesburg in July 2014);


– Raising social awareness and participation through communication

ILGA is expanding, and to keep up with our growing community we need to make sure that we are virtually expanding too. ILGA is striving to keep you in communication with all LGBTI related updates through social media (Facebook and Twitter) as well as through our new website.