ILGA World Conferences

World Conference

 

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!

 

 

A world in rainbow colours: its left half is lit in flames but can also remind the sun, while the right one has the calmer colours of the rainbow. The image reads: ILGA World Conference 2022 LA: LGBTIQ youth - present future changeA world in rainbow colours: its left half is lit in flames but can also remind the sun, while the right one has the calmer colours of the rainbow. The image reads: ILGA World Conference 2022 LA: LGBTIQ youth - present future change

 

The next ILGA World Conference

The next ILGA World Conference will take place from 2 to 6 May 2022 in Los Angeles, CA, United States, hosted by the It Gets Better Project. Find out all available information below!

The ILGA World Conference 2022 will be held under the theme LGBTIQ youth: future present change, from 2 to 6 May 2022 in Los Angeles, CA, United States.

Change: our world has never needed this more than we do now.  Social injustice and economic disparities are contributing to the inequalities that cut across our world. LGBTIQ communities have always stepped-up in times of crisis, and we are again called to bring radical, positive change to support and protect our communities.

LGBTIQ youth are key to this much-needed change. They are a positive force to our movements and our world: not just for the future, but right now.

From climate justice to feminism, from disabilities to anti-racism, fighting gender-based violence and LGBTIQ oppression and discrimination, youth are a powerful part of social justice movements. They mobilise millions, speak truth to power, weave intergenerational and intersectional alliances, and make space to also speak for themselves. This is why the ILGA World Conference 2022 will focus on the power of LGBTIQ youth for the whole global movement. LGBTIQ youth are our future. They are also our present. And together we can change the world.

Registrations for participants who will pay their own way will open in May 2021.
Please follow our website and social media channels for any updates!

At this time, we are only accepting scholarship applications and session proposals.
Registration will open once selected scholars and programme contributors are informed.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship has expired on 27 January 2021.
Selected scholars will be informed by May 2021, thus giving unsuccessful applicants the chance to seek alternative funding and to then register later as a paying participant.

The deadline to submit a session proposal has expired on 20 January 2021.
If the proposal you sent is accepted, you will be notified by the end of May 2021 and we will provide you with more details about next steps.

PLEASE NOTE that your proposal being accepted does not mean that you or other presenters will receive financial support from ILGA World to attend the 2022 Conference in Los Angeles. You will still need to pay the conference fee: registration as paying participants will open after May 2021.

The ILGA World Conference 2022 will take place in Los Angeles, CA, United States. We strongly encourage you to apply for a visa to attend the event as early as possible, at an embassy or a consulate in your own country. You can find detailed information for each branch here. We recommend applying for the ‘Non-immigrant visa’. 

Scholarship recipients will receive direct support from ILGA World office in this process.
You will have until Sunday 17 January 2021 to apply for a scholarship.

Registered participants will need to pay the conference fee before they request any documents supporting their visa application. Please note that registration for paying participants will open in May 2021.

Our team is working to make the ILGA World Conference 2022 as dynamic, thoughtful, inclusive and diverse as it gets!

According to ILGA World’s Standing Orders, the following information is sent in advance of the conference to all member organisations:

  • 17 January 2022 - First mailing to members: call for proposals and nominations
  • 7 February 2022 - Deadline to submit proposals and nominations
  • 21 February 2022 - Second mailing to members: proposals, nominations and accounts
  • 21 March 2022 - Deadline to submit amendments to proposals
  • 11 April 2022 - Third mailing to members: final agenda

The ILGA World Conference 2022 will be hosted in Los Angeles, CA, United States by the It Gets Better Project, a non-profit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe. Find out more at itgetsbetter.org.

The ILGA World Conference is the largest global gathering of LGBTI activists from around the globe. Investments by individuals, businesses, foundations and organisational partners helps support the World Conference and a global scholarship program that supports LGBTI activists to attend.

To become a sponsor or partner, or to learn more about ways to invest in the conference, email J. Andrew Baker (Coordinator, Donor Relations) at development@ilga.org.

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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.