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.


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.

London 2021

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

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National Laws & Policies: Legal Gender Recognition

19 November 2021


2021 Online Conference Report

06 August 2021


CSO Co-Chair Speeches, 2021 Conference

07 July 2021


The COVID-19 pandemic & LGBTIQ+ communities: a call for action for government & multilateral donors

20 April 2021

Research Briefing

Gender Recognition and Trans Rights in the UK

20 October 2020


Report 1: Global Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTI Communities

20 April 2020


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


A statement by the Equal Rights Coalition on serious human rights violations and abuses against LGBTI people in the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation.

19 April 2021


Equal Rights Coalition’s (ERC) statement on coronavirus (COVID-19) and the human rights of LGBTI persons

15 May 2020


Statement by Equal Rights Coalition on the situation in Brunei

13 April 2019