Member State Civil Society Resources (OLD)
Civil Society Organizations – LGBTQ+
Civil Society Organizations - LGBTQ+
- | 1979HOSI Wien is one of Austria's main lesbian and gay organizations, and focuses on lobbying and change in government and policy. HOSI Wien also offers support to those who are facing discrimination or struggling in their coming-out process, and importantly, this organization serves as a contact point for general LGBTIQ information.| 2015Queer Base offers resources to queer refugees who are in need of help. The organization is based out of Türkis Rosa Lila Villa in Vienna, which serces as a place for consultation and communication as well as a starting point for housing for those who are struggling.| 2001LGBTIA+ organizations in the Brussels area. These organizations aid with legal, social, psychological, and medical assistance. Furthermore, Rainbow house hosts a cafe that serves as a LGBTIA+ social point and many socio-cultural festivals throughout the year.| 1987Tels Quels defends the rights of those involved in the LGBTQIA+ community and organizes social experiences, trainings, events, workshops, conferences, film viewings, and other projects related to the LGBTQIA+ community. Tels Quels also has a social service, a documentation centre, and pubished work, which all offer more resources and aid.| 2004Bilitus serves a group for LGBTQI people to socialize and create a tight-knit community. They also help to organize Sofia Pride and manage the only LGBTI community center in Bulgaria. By doing this, they hope to create a more accepting and safer community for all in Bulgaria.| 2009Deystvie is a youth organization that works to ensure that queer rights are fully recognized by the law and for full inclusion of LGBTI people in society. They provide legal services, tools for legislation changes, an organize mass public events and marches.| 2014GLAS Foundation works for positive change in the lives of queer people and to protect them from discrimination. They run campaigns against homophobic hate crimes and for a more inclusive environment.| 2002Iskorak protects the rights of LGBT citizens and works for their treatment as equal citizens in Croatia. Some of their goals include protecting rights of sexual minorities and those with HIV/AIDS, improving health access for all, and increasing social inclusion of the queer community.| 1997Kontra promtes the rights of lesbians and stems from one of the first feminist groups in Croatia. Kontra encourages legal, political, institutional and social change and cooperates with other organizations to protect the rights of other minority groups.| 2011Rainbow Families brings together parents of the LGBTIQ community. Some of its main tools are education, public advocacy and awareness, research, and publishing.| 2002Zagreb Pride works for social justice and to improve LGBTIQ rights. Some of its fields of work include organizing the Zagreb Pride March, defending and promoting rights and culture, creating more connection throughout the LGBTIQ community, and publishing resources.| 2012ACCEPT protects the human rights of all people, including minorities and members of the LGBTQI community. ACCEPT works to make legal and political changes and offers many resources for public education.| 2008Queer Cyprus is a social movement that fights all forms of discrimination. It works to protect the Universal Human Rights and Freedom of the LGBTQI community. To do this, the organization maintains a relevant library, publishes information in several types of media, and works with professionals to make changes.| 1996STUD was founded with the goal of full legal and equal rights for the LGBTQI community. This organization brings together both homosexual and heterosexual supporters and works heavily with youth as they navigate their sexuality. STUD also offers a great deal of LGBTQI aid, including emotional support, a library, and an LGBT directory.| 2015Trans*Parent promotes the understanding and acceptance of trans, non-binary, and intersex people within the community and legislation. This organization creates a safe space for queer and non-binary people to meet and provides them with free counseling with legal and emotional issues.| 2012LGBT Asylum offers counseling and support for LGBT+ refugees and asylum seekers in Denmark. Their main modes of aid are support and counseling for asylum seekers as well as a social network within Denmark.| 1948LGBT+ Denmark is the country's oldest and largest political group for the LGBT+ community. This is mainly a social and political group, working a great deal with legislators as well as providing a safe space for all who identify with the LGBT+ community.| 2008Estonian LGBT Association's mission is to influence policies and legislation through advocacy work and campaigning, with the end goal of making Estonia a fair and safe country for all. This organization also works with several other LGBT+ communities within Europe and Estonia.| 2017Festheart occurs every October in Rakvere and Tartu, with the goal of bringing together various social groups through film.| 1974SETA aims for an equal sociey that includes all communities in Finland. Their current focus is to reform gender recognition legislation, the well-being of LGBTI youth and seniors, and creating equal family law.Trasek provides reports about the LGBTQI freedom and developments in Finland and Europe and provides information and aid to those who are going through the gender change process and professionals in the LGBTQI field.| 1989Cineffable is a women only film festival that promotes the visbility of lesbian women and female women, especially in the realm of cinema and film production. This festival offers lesbian and female film directors the chance to premiere and gain notority for their work, as well as create a safe space for all who identify.| 2003Le Refuge is a resource for LGBT+ youth who are dealing with family rejection, discrimination, and bullying. It focuses on youth ages 14-25 and provides support and accomdation while they work to rebuild their lives| 1994SOS Homophobie is a helpline offering counseling and support to victims of homophobia and publishes reports about homophobia (based on testimonies collected through the helpline). It also is recognized by the French Ministry of National Education as it provides resources and information that is relevant to public education.| 2017Urgence Homophobie helps LGBT+ asylum seekers globally find refuge in France and fights for equality of the LGBT+ community in France.| 1990LSVD works for LGBT+ people in Germany to be accepted and seen as a normal part of society. This organization focuses on LGBT+ rights in Article 3 of the German Basic Law (no discrimination), rights in German government, media, parties, and trade unions, and acts as a contact point for LGBT+ people who are facing problems.| 1990Maneo is one of Germany's main gay anti-violence projects. It provides victim help, a violence/anti-gay acts reporting office, anti-gay prevention work, case studies and information, and connections to other LGBT+ networks.Athens Pride is an annual festival celebrating the LGBT+ community in Greece and raising awareness of the discrimination that this community faces in Greece.| 2011Color Youth is a youth community fighting discrimination against LGBT+ people. This group offers weekly meetings, records discrimination and violence based on gender/sexual identity and expression, offers psychological support for victims, and many other important resources to the LGBT+ community.Faros is a project that works to strengthen monitoring, protection, and prevention against LGBT+ hate crimes. This group focuses on increasing public and governing bodies knowledge of the needs of this community and creating a safe network of support of the LGBT+ community.| 2011The Hungarian LGBT Association acts an umbrella organization that represents various LGBT organizations in Hungary. The goal of this group is to improve communication across organizations and to coordinate goals and actions.| 1999Labrisz Lesbian Association provides a social space for lesbian and bisexual women and works to normalize and support lesibian and bisexual culture.| 2003Belong To supports LGBT+ youth in Ireland with the goal of creating a world where they feel safe and equal. Belong To also provides support and counseling to youth and campaigns for their rights publically.| 1979NXF is Ireland's oldest LGBT+ NGO and publishes several journals/newpapers/resources regarding LGBT+ status and rights. NXF also hosts conferences that work with current LGBT issues and policy developments.| 1985Arcigay is Italy's main LGBTI+ NGO, with a substantional number of volunteers and activists throughout the country. At the national level, Arcigay works for political and institutional change through advocacy and campaigning. At the local level, it supports smaller associations that promote local education, growth and community.| 1983Mario Mieli focuses on the enforcement and protection of the rights of LGBTQI+ people in Italy, fights discrimination, and promotes social and cultural activities within the community. It offers a helpline, HIV/AIDS medical aid, a library, and several other excellent resources for the LGBTQI+ community in Italy.| 2020LGBT House Riga is a support center for the LGBT+ community and represents several other organizations and interest groups in the LGBT community.| 2006Mosaic works to improve the legal status of the LGBT+ community in Latvia. Some of its goals are creating laws/acts prohibiting intolerance and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, promoting public education of different gender identities, sexualities, and family models, and creating a stronger LGBT+ community in Latvia and globally.| 1993LGL is the only LGBT rights non-governmental organization in Lithuania. It focuses on the human rights of the LGBT community through advocacy, awareness raising, and community building.| 2002CIGALE is the center of LGBT+ communities in Luxembourg and offers advice and support to all who are seeking aid/information regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. It is officially recognized by the Luxembourg Ministry of Family, Integration, and the Greater Region. Some of the aid offered by CIGALE includes STI/STD screenings, report and recommedations that go to national authorities, education and culture building, and several other helpful resources to the LGBT+ community and supporters.| 1996Rosa Lëtzebuerg defends and promotes the rights of the LGBT+ community. It publishes regular information and resources and helps to organize the Luxembourg Pride Festival.| 2001MGRM offers various support services to LGBTIQ individuals as well as their families and friends. These include the National Gay Helpline, the weekly LGBTIQ Youth Drop-In, social work and counselling support, legal advice, and on-line support through email and social media. This office is also responsible for delivering talks and training to raise awareness on LGBTIQ issues among students, professional bodies, employers and the general public.| 2010A.S.V. Gay brings together LGBT+ students and supportors and hosts several different kinds of activities for members regularly. This organization gives members opportunities to do some self discovery, to meet other LGBT+ people and improve the position of the LGBT+ society in the Netherlands and elsewhere.| 1946COC Amsterdam advocates for LGBT+ rights in Amsterdam and takes a bottom up approach of working with local communities to make change. COC Amsterdam also focuses on creating a close relationship between those who identify as part of the LGBT community and straight people as it is more powerful and productive.| 2014Stitching Pride Amsterdam works to make those in the LGBT+ community more visible, normal, and accepted. The organization mainly organizes activities and events in public spaces in order to achieve this goal. Stitching Pride also offers information and resources for those looking to learn more.| 2001KPH works to battle violence and discrimination towards those in the LGBT+ community in Polands. KPH offers LGBT+ individuals and their family political, social, and legal aid, works on educating various professional groups, and creating a large allied movement.| 1997Lambda Warszawa offers those in need with independent and expert support. These needs can due be to hardships with sexual orientation and gender identity, violence and discrimination, or other causes. This organization also hosts trainings to support the LGBT+ community and to educate and support other organizations, public institutions, and companies.| 2009AMPLOS is an organization for parents who are fighting for a more just and accepting society of the LGBT+ community. It works with parents who's children are in the coming out process, to make parents more accepting, and to give parents aid in helping their children.| 2003The eq aequo network represents LGBT+ members and supporters ages 16-30. This group works with LGBT+ youth to support them and educate society. This network has LGBT+ youth centers across the country that organizes social events and commradery, organizes education sessions about LGBT+ youth at schools and hosts annual events.| 1994The ACCEPT Association defends LGBT+ rights a national level and works to change the mentality around LGBT+ identities in Romania. This organization organizes Bucharest Pride festival, lobbies on LGBT+ legislation, anti-discrimination, and education for these rights and identities, spreads information regarding this topic, and works with grass roots movements.| 1990| 1997Legebitra focuses on LGBT+ rights through bettering legal protections and educating the general public. Some of its resources include testing for HIV/STIs, counseling, a youth center and library, educational workshops and training, and legal advocacy and advice.
AEGAL (The Association of Companies and Professionals for Gays and Lesbians in Madrid and the Madrid Region)| 1986COGAM is one of the first LGBT organizations in Madrid and has worked on intiatives like same-sex marriage in Spain, carrying out rapid HIV tests, and going to education centers to teach about gender and sexual diversity. COGAM also has legal, medical, and psychological consulting resources, care for those with HIV/AIDS, other health services, and educational programs.
(FELGBT - Federación Estatal de Lesbianas, Gays, Transexuales y Bisexuales) State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Trans, Bisexuals, Intersexuals, and more| 1992FELGBT represents several LGBT+ organizations across Spain. It focuses on 3 main goals: legal equality and social respect, awareness and reporting, and training of volunteers and activists.| 2014Pegasus is RFSL's youth branch, working with those ages 15-25. This organization focuses on young people (especially women) who are involved or forced into prositution/selling sex. Another main point is the counseling/mentorship that Pegasus offers, that acts as a safe place for young LGBT+ people.
RFSL (Riksförbundet för homosexuellas, bisexuellas, transpersoners och queeras rättigheter) - The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Rights| 1950RFSL is one of the world's oldest LGBT+ organizations and works locally, nationally, and globally. This organization undertakes seveal projects, including a a crime victim support unit, a support group for people who are newly arrived in Sweden, and unit that works exclusively with HIV and health. RFSL also have a large international unit, working across East Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe.| 1989Stonewall is and has been a major organization campaigning to LGBT+ rights in England and globally. This organization offers accredited training programs and education, tons of resources (ranging from asylum, advice for disabled LGBT+ people, parenting rights, and more), and works to change social ideas and policy in the UK surrounding the LGBT+ community.| 1989AKT focuses on young LGBT+ people in the UK who are struggling to find housing or are living in a hostile environment. This organization offers aid by placing young peope into safe homes, with employment, education, and training. It also publishes reports and relevant information.Kaleidoscope Trust is an organization fighting for the rights of LGBT+ across the British Commonwealth. This organization works to support activists and grassroots movements to be able to make concrete legal and social changes.