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The Equal Rights Coalition (ERC)

The Equal Rights Coalition (ERC) is an intergovernmental body of 42 Member States dedicated to the protection of the rights of LGBTI persons. Member States provide leadership by actively engaging in thematic groups and commit to working closely with LGBTI civil society organisations who meet regularly as part of thematic groups.

2016

Equal Rights Coalition’s History

The Equal Rights Coalition (ERC) was founded in 2016 at the Global LGBTI Human Rights Conference in Montevideo, under the leadership of Uruguay and the Netherlands, and is dedicated to the protection of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons, and the promotion of inclusive development.

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The Co-Chairs

The ERC is currently co-chaired by the governments of the United Kingdom and Argentina, for an extended three-year term from June 2019 to June 2022. The State Co-Chairs are supported by Civil Society Co-Chairs, who for this term are Kaleidoscope Trust and Stonewall Equality for the UK, and Asociación Familias Diversas de Argentina for Argentina.

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Thematic areas

These thematic areas each have working groups which afford a regular opportunity for Member States, INGOs and civil society to engage in close dialogue.

Donor Coordination

Donor Coordination

Collaboration of governments, civil society, and other stakeholders to increase and improve the level of sustainable funding for the promotion and protection of LGBTI human rights.

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International Diplomacy

International Diplomacy

Coordination of Member States and other stakeholders to strengthen cooperation, coordination, and communication in advancing LGBTI human rights and inclusive development.

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National Laws & Policies

National Laws & Policies

Member States, civil society, and other stakeholders working to encourage the development of progressive legislation and policies.

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SDGs and 2030 Agenda

SDGs and 2030 Agenda

Coordinating on how the Global Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development can be used to benefit LGBTI communities across the globe.

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ERC conferences

Montevideo 2016

The Global LGBTI Human Rights Conference at which the ERC was formally launched, under the leadership of Uruguay and the Netherlands.

Vancouver 2018

Leaving No-One Behind: the ERC Global Conference on LGBTI Human Rights and Inclusive Development, which built on the progress of the ERC.

Online 2021

A virtual ERC conference to launch the ERC 5-year Strategy and Implementation Plan.

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Webinar

National Laws & Policies: LGBTI Refugees

08 April 2022

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National Laws & Policies: LGBTI Refugees

08 April 2022

Webinar

National Laws & Policies: Legal Gender Recognition

03 December 2021

videos

National Laws & Policies: Legal Gender Recognition

03 December 2021

Legal Gender Recognition Factsheet

01 December 2021

report

2021 Online Conference Report

06 August 2021

Statement

Equal Rights Coalition´s (ERC) Statement on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)

17 May 2022

Statement

ERC Statement on the Aggression against Ukraine and the protection of LGBTI persons and refugees.

06 April 2022

Statement

ERC Statement on the Nexus Between Democracy and the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons

10 December 2021

Declaration

ERC 2021 Convening Civil Society Statement

09 July 2021

Strategic Document

Equal Rights Coalition Strategic Plan 2021-2026

06 July 2021

Strategic Document

Annex B: Five-Year Implementation Plan

06 July 2021