ILGA World Conferences

World Conferences


The ILGA World Conference is the largest global gathering of LGBTIQ changemakers. We have held them since the early days of the organisation in the 1970s, and they have been fundamental events for our movement ever since.

An ILGA World Conference is a chance to assess where our communities stand, share experiences and best practices, build alliances and partnerships, discuss the future of our movement, and collectively chart ways to advance equality worldwide.

As the premier gathering for our member organisations and allies, an ILGA World Conference is also where the life of the organisation is shaped. ILGA members elect their representatives, advance proposals and constitutional changes, and endorse new organisations to join our family. 

ILGA World is queer democracy in action, and it all starts from ILGA World Conferences. Join us!



aerial view of Cape TownAerial view of Cape Town. Photo by Tobias Reich on Unsplash


The next ILGA World Conference

The next ILGA World Conference will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, hosted by Iranti and Gender DynamiX. More information will be available soon on the dedicated ILGA World Conference website at!

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Previous conferences

In 1978, a group of activists created what is now known as the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).

Their intention was to create an international network of people that could efficiently respond to homophobic attacks, and to act as an international platform to collectively campaign against the discrimination, and at times persecution, faced by LGBTI people around the world.

ILGA World Conferences have been held ever since.