Who we are

About

The Equal Rights Coalition: a collaborative mechanism to progress LGBTI rights across the globe.

Overview

The Equal Rights Coalition (ERC) is an intergovernmental body of 42 Member States dedicated to the protection of the rights of LGBTI persons. The ERC advances the human rights of LGBTI persons and promotes inclusive development, in both member and non-member countries, by engaging with civil society organizations, multilateral agencies, and activists from all over the world.

The ERC advances the human rights of LGBTI persons and promotes inclusive development, in both member and non-member countries, by engaging with civil society organizations, multilateral agencies, and activists from all over the world.
The ERC is co-chaired by two Member States, who coordinate the Coalition for a two-year term, before handing over to the next Co-Chairs. For the extended 2019-22 term, the ERC Co-Chairs are Argentina and the United Kingdom. The State Co-Chairs work in partnership with Civil Society Co-Chairs, who for this term are:

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Asociación Familias Diversas Argentina

KALEIDOSCOPE

Kaleidoscope Trust

Stonewall

Governing bodies

Governance of the Coalition occurs through the Executive Committee and Coordinating Committee, and governance of ERC civil society takes place in the CSO Core Group. 

Thematic areas

The substantive work of the ERC is carried out in the Thematic Groups, which meet monthly to discuss thematic issues, share best practice, and produce outputs to help progress LGBTI rights.

ERC organisation chart

ERC Executive Committee:

TG State Co-Chairs, ERC Co-Chairs & CSO Co-Chairs, plus UNAIDS & World Bank.

ERC Coordinating Committee:

All 42 Member States, ERC CSO Co-Chairs and TG CSO Co-Chairs

Member State Co-Chairs

  • Argentina
  • UK

Civil Society Co-Chairs:

  • Asociación Familias Diversas Argentina
  • Stonewall
  • Kaleidoscope Trust
Donor Coordination

Donor Coordination

USA & Synergía IHR

International Diplomacy

International Diplomacy

Netherlands & OutRight

National Laws & Policies

National Laws & Policies

Canada & GATE

SDGs and 2030 Agenda

SDGs & Agenda 2030

Mexico & RFSL

ERC CSO Core Group:

30 members, including all CSO Co-Chairs

ERC CSO Network:

All CSOs on Thematic Groups, and other interested CSOs from Member and Non-Member States

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Webinar

National Laws & Policies: Legal Gender Recognition

19 November 2021

report

2021 Online Conference Report

06 August 2021

report

CSO Co-Chair Speeches, 2021 Conference

07 July 2021

videos

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

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

20 April 2020

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

Statement

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

Statement

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

15 May 2020

Statement

Statement by Equal Rights Coalition on the situation in Brunei

13 April 2019