Europe is a continent of diverse and at times even conflicting
realities for LGBTI community.
While in some countries the long-lasting
struggle of human rights activists has succeeded in widely expanding the
range of legal recognition and social acceptance of LGBTI people, we
are witnessing a decrease of political will in pushing forward
anti-discrimination policies or even violent breaches of fundamental
rights on LGBTI people in others. Furthermore, the current
wave of crisis rapidly moving through economical,
political, and social
landscape of Europe is threatening already gained victories of LGBTI
movement. We –the leaders, members, and supporters of European LGBTI
movement - are standing at the crossroads of change.
Taking all of
this into consideration, the ILGA-Europe board believes that now is the
right moment for us to look reflectively to the past and current
developments, and of leadership strategies in the field of LGBTI
to learn from our successes and failures, and most importantly
to think together how can we create a sustainable movement working for
change that will lead us towards European society with equality for all.