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 42 Member States of the ERC are: Albania; Argentina; Australia; Austria; Belgium; Cabo Verde; Canada; Chile; Costa Rica; Cyprus; the Czech Republic; Denmark; Ecuador; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Honduras; Iceland; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Malta; Mexico; Montenegro; the Netherlands; New Zealand; North Macedonia; Norway; Portugal; Serbia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Ukraine; United Kingdom; United States; and Uruguay.

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 2022-24 term, the ERC Co-Chairs are Germany and Mexico. The State Co-Chairs work in partnership with Civil Society Co-Chairs, who for this term are:

Fundación Arcoiris

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

  • Germany
  • Mexico

Civil Society Co-Chairs:

  • LSVD
  • Fundación Arcoiris
Donor Coordination

Donor Coordination

USA & MOLI and Synergía IHR

International Diplomacy

International Diplomacy

Netherlands & OutRight

National Laws & Policies

National Laws & Policies

[TBC] & Rainbow Railroad

SDGs and 2030 Agenda

SDGs & Agenda 2030

UK & AFDA and Edge Effect

ERC CSO Core Group:

Up to 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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report

Buenos Aires 2022 Conference Report

30 November 2022

report

ERC Pre-Conference Report 2022

08 September 2022

Research Briefing

Anti-Gender Movement Background Paper

08 September 2022

Webinar

National Laws & Policies: LGBTI Refugees

08 April 2022

videos

National Laws & Policies: LGBTI Refugees

08 April 2022

Webinar

National Laws & Policies: Legal Gender Recognition

03 December 2021

Statement

ERC Statement on decriminalization of consensual sex between men in Singapore

02 December 2022

Statement

ERC Statement on Russia

24 November 2022

Statement

ERC Statement on the shootings in Bratislava

19 October 2022

Declaration

ERC 2022 Global LGBTI Conference Declaration

09 September 2022

Statement

ERC Statement on Decriminalisation in Saint Kitts and Nevis & Antigua and Barbuda

02 September 2022

Statement

ERC Statement on the IE SOGI Mandate Renewal

11 July 2022