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The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) is an international organization bringing together more than 400 lesbian and gay groups from around the world. It continues to be active in campaigning for gay rights on the international human rights and civil rights scene and regularly petitions the United Nations and governments. ILGA is represented in around 90 countries across the world. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... The gay rights movement is a collection of loosely aligned civil rights groups, human rights groups, support groups and political activists seeking acceptance, tolerance and equality for non-heterosexual, (homosexual, bisexual), and transgender people - despite the fact that it is typically referred to as the gay rights movement, members also... Human rights are rights which some hold to be inalienable and belonging to all humans. ... Civil rights or positive rights are those legal rights retained by citizens and protected by the government. ... The United Nations, or UN, is an international organization established in 1945 and now made up of 191 states. ...

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Organisation

ILGA is divided into the following regional branches:

  • ILGA-Africa (The African Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association)
  • ILGA-Asia (The Asian Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association)
  • ILGA-ANZAPI (The Australia, New Zealand, Aotearoa and Pacific Islands Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association))
  • ILGA-Europe (The European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association)
  • ILGA-North America (The North American Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association)
  • ILTGA-LAC (The Latin America and Caribbean Region of the International Lesbian, Transgender and Gay Association)

ILGA-Africa is the African branch of the International Lesbian and Gay Association. ... ILGA-Asia is the Asian branch of the International Lesbian and Gay Association. ... ILGA-ANZAPI is the Australian, New Zealand, Aotearoa and Pacific Islands regional branch of the International Lesbian and Gay Association. ... The European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA-Europe) is the European branch of ILGA, created in 1996. ... The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) is an international organization bringing together more than 400 lesbian and gay groups from around the world. ... ILTGA-LAC is the Latin American and Caribbean regional branch of the International Lesbian, Transgender and Gay Association. ...

History

The ILGA was founded on 8 August 1978 during the conference of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality in Coventry, England, at a meeting attended by 30 men representing 17 organisations from 14 countries. It was first called the International Gay Association (IGA) but changed its name to ILGA in 1986. August 8 is the 220th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (221st in leap years), with 145 days remaining. ... 1978 was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... The Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE) is a national gay rights organisation in the United Kingdom which aims to promote legal and social equality for lesbians, gays and bisexuals. ...


The Coventry conference also called upon Amnesty International (AI) to take up the issue of persecution of lesbians and gays. After a campaign that lasted 13 years AI in 1991 made the human rights of lesbians and gays part of its mandate and today is a passionate advocate for LGBT rights on the international level.[1] (http://www.brazilianresolution.com/4706/5137.html) Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty or AI) is an international non-governmental organization, the stated purpose of which is to promote all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards. ...


ILGA was also instrumental in getting the World Health Organisation to drop homosexuality from its list of illnesses. For other meanings of the acronym WHO, see WHO (disambiguation) WHO flag Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Health Organization (WHO) is an agency of the United Nations, acting as a coordinating authority on international public health. ...


ILGA was the first lesbian and gay rights organisation to gain "consultative status" as a non-governmental organisation at the United Nations. Statements were made in the name of ILGA in the 1993 and 1994 sessions of the United Nations Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities and in the 1994 session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. ILGA’s NGO status was suspended in September 1994. The Council of Europe responded to ILGA's long standing request for consultative status with an inquiry about the reasons for the suspension by the United Nations. The Council of Europe granted consultative status in late 1997. The United Nations Aids Program, UNAIDS, indicated that it would not give funding to any project linked to ILGA because of the controversy. [2] (http://www.ilga.info/Information/international/finding_a_place_in_international.htm#The%20United%20Nations) The United Nations, or UN, is an international organization established in 1945 and now made up of 191 states. ... The United Nations Commission on Human Rights, a commission supervised by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, is composed of representatives from 53 member states, and meets each year in regular session in March/April for six weeks in Geneva. ... The Palace of Europe in Strasbourg The Council of Europe is an international organisation of 46 member states in the European region. ...


Currently, the only gay rights NGO at ECOSOC is the Australian Coalition of Activist Lesbians, which gained consultative status in 1999.


Controversy and loss of UN consultative status

In the summer of 1993 the ILGA gained consultative status on the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as a Non-Governmental-Organization, joining 3,000 organisations throughout the world. However, that status was suspended in 1994 after a campaign led by Jesse Helms focussing on NAMBLA's membership of ILGA. ILGA members voted 214-30 to expel three pedophile groups but despite this was not able to convince the UN that it had no member organisations that promoted pedophilia.[3] (http://www.mask.org.za/sections/AfricaPerCountry/africaabr/inter1_news.html) The UN removed ILGA's consultative status "based on concerns raised about its member organizations or subsidiaries that promoted or condoned paedophilia" [4] (http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2002/ECOSOC6004.doc.htm) ILGA applied to have its consultative status reinstated in 2000, [5] (http://www.glbtq.com/social-sciences/int_lesbian_gay,2.html) but on 30 April 2002 the United Nations' Economic & Social Council voted 29-17 not to grant this application.[6] (http://www.mask.org.za/sections/AfricaPerCountry/africaabr/inter1_news.html) The Washington Times reported that opponents blocked ILGA's attempt to regain consultative status because the association had not provided sufficient evidence that it had eliminated NAMBLA and the other pedophile groups from its membership roster, ILGA having refused to provide UN officials with a list of its member organizations. ILGA justified keeping its membership secret on the grounds that, in many countries, homosexual activity is still criminalised and such a list would identify its groups and put them in danger.[7] (http://www.mask.org.za/sections/AfricaPerCountry/africaabr/inter1_news.html) 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations assists the General Assembly in promoting international economic and social cooperation and development. ... Jesse Helms Jesse Alexander Helms (born October 18, 1921, Monroe, North Carolina) is a former Republican U.S. Senator from North Carolina. ... The North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) is a U.S.-based group that calls for the elimination of age-based restrictions on sexual behavior. ... April 30 is the 120th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (121st in leap years), with 245 days remaining, as the last day in April. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On 3 May 2003, ECOSOC voted to again decline consultative status to ILGA. ILGA may re-apply in 2005. May 3 is the 123rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (124th in leap years). ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Having purged all three pro-paedophilia groups from its 400-group membership, the ILGA continues its work promoting equal rights for lesbian and gay people across the world. Much is still made of the NAMBLA scandal and it is commonly used as an argument against gay rights by various groups, particularly of the right wing. In politics, right-wing, the political right, or simply the right, are terms which refer, with no particular precision, to the segment of the political spectrum in opposition to left-wing politics. ...


References

July 5 is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 179 days remaining. ... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • International Lesbian and Gay Association (http://www.ilga.org/)
    • The European Region (http://www.ilga-europe.org)

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