Campaign on Freedom of assembly and expression

On 24 April 2007 ILGA-Europe launched a campaign on freedom of assembly for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Europe.

The aim of our campaign is to mobilise support by as many mayors of European cities as possible for the right of LGBT people to freedom of assembly and expression by signing our appeal.

The appeal with signatures will be later sent to mayors of those European cities where LGBT people have been denied and restricted their constitutional right to freedom of assembly and expression or faced aggressive and violent opposition from radicals, nationalists and religious fundamentalists. The appeal, names of the signatories as well as their possible individual messages of support will be also available on our website.

We hope that by gaining wide support of European mayors we will be able to increase the profile of the issues around bans and restrictions on LGBT Pride marches and other public events in various European cities, and gain greater media interests across Europe. Most importantly we want to achieve a ‘climate of intolerance and disapproval’ towards those European mayors who are still prepared to or contemplating banning or restricting the rights of LGBT people to freedom of assembly and expression among their European colleagues. We hope this campaign and wide support by European mayors will be another useful tool for local LGBT groups organising LGBT Pride marches and other public events when challenging bans and/or restrictions.

The appeal is being now distributed among the mayors of European cities. We are encouraging the mayors to sign the appeal before 17 May, the International Day against Homophobia, when ILGA-Europe will announce the signatories and will send the appeal to the mayors of ‘problematic’ cities. However the appeal will be open for signing by the European mayors throughout the entire summer of 2007.

We encourage ILGA-Europe members, friend and supporters to actively promote our campaign and to work with your city/town mayors to obtain their signature and support. The mayors are encouraged not only to provide a signature to the appeal, but also to issue their individual statement of support for the right of LGBT people for freedom of assembly and expression which will be placed at ILGA-Europe website campaign section.

While the mayors of European cities are our principal target group, the appeal is also open to prominent/famous members of society. Therefore we encourage you to help us with identifying such people (cultural, sporting, political celebrities in your countries), approaching and gaining signatures and statements of support from them.

Who already signed ILGA-Europe's appeal?

Here you will find a list of confirmed signatories to our appeal and individual message of support.

LGBT Rights - Freedom of Assembly: diary of events by country (August 2008)

This "diary of events" chronicles the attempts of LGBT communities in the region to exercise their right to freedom of assembly, and the opposition they have met. It is intended as an authoritative record of these events, and as a resource for those working for the rights of the LGBT community in this field, whether LGBT activists, human rights organisations, or parliamentarians and staff in the European institutions.

Appeal to Mayors of European cities “On freedom of assembly and expression for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people”

Here you will find text of ILGA-Europe's appeal sent to European mayors. We will also publish here the names of the mayors who signed the appeal.

List of mayors

Here you will find a list of Mayors we sent our appeal to.

Pride events in Europe

In this section we are providing a list of events taking place across Europe, as well as various useful sources for those organising or considering organising Pride events in their countries.

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