For Immediate Release: ILGA at the 45th General Assembly of the Organisation of American States (OAS)

Ruth Baldacchino (Malta) and Helen Kennedy (Canada) Co-Secretaries General of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), together with Kenita Placide representing both the ILGA Women’s Secretariat and United and Strong (St Lucia), are preparing to attend the 45th General Assembly of the Organisation of American States (OAS), on June 15 - 16 in Washington DC.

Reflecting on the recent Summit of the OAS in Panama City, ILGA acknowledges the leading voice of the unified Coalition of Latin America and the Caribbean, which has worked tirelessly to promote the Human Rights of LGBTI persons at the OAS for decades. Many important gains have been accomplished for LGBTI people in the region as a result of the Coalition’s efforts and ILGA believes that once again, the Coalition will set the stage for important dialogue that will further advance
the Human Rights of LGBTI persons at the next OAS sessions in Washington.

ILGA is looking forward to working with the Coalition at the upcoming General Assembly in order to maximize every resource available and stakeholder present to raise LGBTI visibility within the OAS. ILGA’s motivation lies within the belief that having one voice advancing multiple strategies - agreed by all and following full consultation - will have a stronger impact.

ILGA Co-Secretary General Helen Kennedy, who has the responsibility of the regions of North America, and Latin America and the Caribbean, along with colleagues from the regions will actively participate and contribute to this dialogue.

_ILGA was established in 1978 and is a worldwide federation with 1200 member organizations from 110 countries campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights._

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