The Equal Rights Coalition (ERC)
The Equal Rights Coalition (ERC) is an intergovernmental body of 43 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.
The ERC is currently co-chaired by the governments of Germany and Mexico, for the 2022-24 period. The State Co-Chairs are supported by Civil Society Co-Chairs, who for this term are LSVD for Germany and Fundación Arcoiris for Mexico.
These thematic areas each have working groups which afford a regular opportunity for Member States, INGOs and civil society to engage in close dialogue.
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.
Coordination of Member States and other stakeholders to strengthen cooperation, coordination, and communication in advancing LGBTI human rights and inclusive development.
National Laws & Policies
Member States, civil society, and other stakeholders working to encourage the development of progressive legislation and policies.
SDGs and 2030 Agenda
Coordinating on how the Global Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development can be used to benefit LGBTI communities across the globe.
The Global LGBTI Human Rights Conference at which the ERC was formally launched, under the leadership of Uruguay and the Netherlands.
Leaving No-One Behind: the ERC Global Conference on LGBTI Human Rights and Inclusive Development, which built on the progress of the ERC.
Buenos Aires 2022
An ERC conference to deliver on the ERC’s strategic priorities and discuss cross-cutting issues related to LGBTI rights.
Eliminating Harmful Practices against and Promoting Human Rights Protection of Intersex People
29 September 2023
Using CEDAW to pursue the decriminalisation of LBTQ people: promising avenues and developments
12 June 2023
Buenos Aires 2022 Conference Report
30 November 2022
ERC Pre-Conference Report 2022
08 September 2022
Anti-Gender Movement Background Paper
08 September 2022
National Laws & Policies: LGBTI Refugees
08 April 2022
Statement by the Equal Rights Coalition on the Russian Supreme Court judgment infringing LGBTIQ+ people’s basic human rights
18 December 2023
ERC statement on the decriminalization of same-sex activity between men in Mauritius
17 October 2023
ERC Statement on the SDG Summit, September 2023
20 September 2023
ERC Statement on the recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Nepal
19 July 2023
Statement by the Equal Rights Coalition on the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage in Estonia
05 July 2023
Statement by the Equal Rights Coalition on the decriminalization of same-sex activity between men in the Cook Islands
31 May 2023