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.
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.
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.
A virtual ERC conference to launch the ERC 5-year Strategy and Implementation Plan.
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
Gender Recognition and Trans Rights in the UK
20 October 2020
Report 1: Global Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTI Communities
20 April 2020
Equal Rights Coalition Civil Society Roles & Structure Proposal
20 November 2018
ERC 2021 Convening Civil Society Statement
09 July 2021
Equal Rights Coalition Strategic Plan 2021-2026
06 July 2021
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