Who we are
The Equal Rights Coalition: a collaborative mechanism to progress LGBTI rights across the globe.
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:
Asociación Familias Diversas Argentina
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.
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
Civil Society Co-Chairs:
- Asociación Familias Diversas Argentina
- Kaleidoscope Trust
USA & Synergía IHR
Netherlands & OutRight
National Laws & Policies
Canada & GATE
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
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
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
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