Become a member
You are welcome in the ILGA World family!
We are a federation of 1,679 organisations from 164 countries and territories across the globe, and this is your chance to join us.
There are two types of ILGA World memberships: full membership is open to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or intersex non-profit organisations, while associate membership is open to any other association. All members must support the aims of ILGA.
Benefits of being a ILGA World member
- access to international and regional networking, including regional conferences
- access to trainings, study visits, lobbying trips
- access to improving advocacy capacity and opportunities
- participation in decision making processes in the biggest global LGBTI organization
- leadership development opportunities
- access to information about the global situation of LGBTI people
- shaping the future of the movement and activities of the regional and World offices and choosing conference host cities by voting in World and regional elections
- closer cooperation with World and regional offices – potential engagement with the UN, EC and others – applicants from member organisations receive priority
- scholarship applicants from member organisations receive priority
- strength in numbers, global solidarity
Membership fees are set by the ILGA membership. Changes to the membership fee may only be made by the World Conference (see C7.6(l) of the ILGA World Constitution).
In 2019 the ILGA World Conference passed a resolution confirming that ILGA will establish a sliding scale for annual membership fees paid by members in all six ILGA regions.
This new membership fee structure will be based on each organization’s size, capacity and annual budget.
The ILGA World Board is therefore currently working on a new proposed fee structure to bring to the next World Conference in 2021 for the membership to discuss and vote on. In the meantime, the current fees are as follows:
Organisations located in countries classified as high-income economies by the World Bank are asked to pay EUR 150.
Organisations located in countries other than those mentioned in the list must pay EUR 30.
Larger organisations with annual budgets of more than 200,000 euros are encouraged to pay EUR 300 per year, wherever they are based.
Organisations registered as associate members must pay EUR 300.
ILGA World has a current practice, confirmed by the ILGA World Board at its meeting in October 2018, whereby ILGA World member organisations wishing to exercise the rights of a member [including but not limited to voting; having a person from your organisation run for a position (including alternate) at the World or Regional level; having a person from your organisation participate in an ILGA Steering Committee (under Section C6 of the Constitution); nominating a person for a board, alternate or committee position; having a person from your organisation participate as a member of the Chairing Pool at an ILGA World or Regional conference; bidding to host a World Conference] are required to pay the three most recent years of their annual fees (i.e. the current calendar year and the previous two years).
Organisations that have been members for less than three years are required to pay all outstanding annual fees.
Section C4.6 of the ILGA World Constitution reads: “If a member does not pay the annual membership fee within 3 months after being given notice that the fee is due, the member will not be able to exercise the rights of a member as set out in this constitution until such time as any outstanding fees have been paid.”
Please note: an organisation remains a member of ILGA World even if they do not cover their membership fees. ILGA does not expel members who do not pay fees. The implications of not paying fees include not being able to exercise members rights on both regional and World level (e.g. voting, running in Executive Board elections, nominating for Executive Board position, participating in Chairing Pool, bidding for conference host).
How to pay fees
ILGA World sends out annual membership fees beginning of the year in January.
The fees are sent out via email with enclosed link to a payment page. The payment page is already pre-populated with your organizational data and you would only need to confirm and chose a payment method. You can pay by PayPal, credit card or by bank transfer. The payment link is valid for 30 days and in case you need a new link to be send, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payment reminders are being send out in March.
Does your organisation want to become a member?
Follow this link to apply!
The executive board of ILGA World will review your application during its next meeting,
and our secretariat will get in touch with you shortly after that.