Source description last updated: 6 December 2021
In brief: The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), formed in 1978 and based in Switzerland, is a federation of organisations working for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people.
Coverage on ecoi.net:
Annual reports by ILGA and by ILGA-Europe.
Covered quarterly on ecoi.net, for countries of priorities A-E (all available countries).
ILGA works for:
“the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people and for liberation from all forms of discrimination and violence; […]
equality of all people who live and face discrimination and violence because of their perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sex characteristics […]” (ILGA: Constitution of ILGA World, 2019, p. 2)
To work for these goals, ILGA creates a platform for LGBTI people, works for their equal representation, supports its members, collects and researches information, organises trainings, conferences and offers facilities for coordination (ILGA: Constitution of ILGA World, 2019, p. 2).
ILGA has consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOS) (see also “further reading” below) and has over 1,700 member organisations from 160 countries and territories (ILGA website: About us, undated).
For more details, see their respective constitutions:
ILGA: Constitution of ILGA, 2019
ILGA-Europe: ILGA-Constitution as amended at Annual General Meeting 2021
ILGA’s main source of income are donations from governments, foundations, member organisations and other institutional funders and individuals. In 2020, the total income of ILGA amounted to 2,213,268 CHF. (ILGA: Annual Report 2020, 2021, p. 38, for a non-exhaustive list of donors, see p. 2)
The funding of ILGA-Europe comes mainly from institutional funders such as public institutions and private philanthropy. In 2019, grants constituted 92% of ILGA-Europe’s total budget, 31% of which through a grant by the European Commission. (ILGA-Europe website: How ILGA-Europe is funded, 2019)
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Worldwide. (Scope of ILGA-Europe is European and Central Asian countries).
Thematic focus: Rights of LGBTI persons.
Desk research. ILGA-Europe sometimes includes qualitative research, such as interviews and focus groups in their research (see, for example, ILGA-Europe: Communicating for Change, February 2021, p. 7).
For more information on ILGA-Europe’s “Rainbow Europe” index, please see: https://www.rainbow-europe.org/about
Language(s) of publications:
English (and some in Spanish and / or French)
Further reading / links:
Key documents such as ILGA World Constitution, Standing Orders, ILGA's Code of Conduct, Strategic Plans and Annual Reports can be found here: https://ilga.org/about-us/annual-reports-documents
ILGA: The history of ILGA: 1978/2012, undated
Freedom House: ILGA Granted UN Consultative Status, 30 June 2011 (as available on the Internet Archive)
UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC): Quadrennial reports for the period 2011-2014 submitted by non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council through the Secretary-General pursuant to Council resolution 1996/31 [E/C.2/2016/2/Add.15], 10 November 2015, p. 7-8
UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC): Quadrennial reports for the period 2010-2013 submitted by non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council through the Secretary-General pursuant to Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31 [E/C.2/2016/2/Add.28], 23 February 2016, p. 3-4
ILGA: ILGA and the ECOSOC Status Controversy, undated
All links accessed 6 December 2021.
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