If you want to find resources related to LGBTI people, you need to know that many of Europe’s organisations are working on issues faced by older LGBTI people, as well as non-LGBTI projects working on age, such as an European network of 167 organisations for people which aims to promote the interests of senior citizens and to raise awareness through studies, debates, meetings and information having the defense of Europe as a goal. The ILGA was established as a worldwide federation with to work for the lesbian, bisexual and intersex people, seeking to achieve it through cooperation and support for its website. Age UK works to provide services and suppor with a section devoted to the issues of LGBT people and also running a project which is aiming to create opportunities for gay and transgender people in Greater Glasgow and the Lothians.

ILGA is constantly working towards human rights and full equality for all gay and trans people in Central Europe supporting the movement towards a strong equality through The Rainbow 2019 which reveals a standstill in European countries but also a backslide on policies. Strengthened LGBTI society on human rights mechanisms means providing human rights engagement in mechanisms and there has been little strength from ILGA, which can bring in opportunities of learning. The eighth edition of Europe’s Review of the Rights Situation covering events occurred between January-December 2018 is all about the lived reality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people in a complex, multi-faceted world where headlines and social media feeds gloss over the work of political and social developments.

Several countries are moving backwards on equality in the LGBT community, according to a report by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association in Europe, and the regression is seen in the revoking of laws. The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association is an organization that continues to campaign for human rights on the civil rights scene, represented in 140 countries and accredited by the NGO Ecosoc. They are announcing the elections of webinars providing inspirations and practices for LGBTI work, uniting thus with 21 civil organizations for EU campaign, launching #ElectNoHate.

We invite the government officials and journalists concerned with this report to try and make a full picture of what remains to be done, hoping that this review will inform conversations between society and political people and decision-makers. ILGA was founded in August 1978, at a meeting attended by men from 14 countries, changing its name in 1986, called upon AI to take up a 13-year campaign for lesbians and gays and advocated for their rights by getting involved in the World Health Organization. This reveals achievements and challenges for the LGBTI movement, as it commends passing of key resolutions by the European Parliament, clearly calling for an agenda for the furtherment of equality in the next European Commission’s term.

The first report from SOGI Madrigal-Borloz highlights that LGBTI people are vulnerable to ill-treatment, many facing it daily, and need special healthcare, which is why EU policymakers need to play their part.

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