All about IGLYO

IGLYO – The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) Youth & Student Organisation is the world’s largest LGBTQI youth and student network, counting more than 100 Member Organisations in over 40 countries across the Council of Europe Region.

Mission

IGLYO’s mission is to strengthen the rights of LGBTQI youth, fight for equality and inclusion, and empower LGBTQI youth voices. IGLYO represents the diverse rights and intersectional needs of LGBTQI young people and works hard to ensure that their futures are bright.

Objectives

Our mission at IGLYO revolves around three strategic objectives for 2022-2025:

Rights
We strengthen LGBTQI youth rights, fight for equality and inclusion, and strive to represent the intersectional needs of LGBTQI youth within international, European, and national policy and legal mechanisms, with a specific focus on Inclusive Education, Health, and Hate Crime.

Empowerment
We train, support, and build the capacity and skills of LGBTQI youth organisations, activists, leaders, and volunteers to represent, advocate on behalf of, and serve our communities more effectively, influencing sustainable societal change and increasing the visibility of our movements.

Network
We foster international cooperation across Europe and beyond by maintaining and growing an engaged, connected, and well-functioning pan-European network of LGBTQI youth organisations and activists, which facilitates peer-learning and support.

Activities

We achieve our objectives through international training and events, targeted capacity building programmes, intercultural exchanges and peer learning, thematic research and advocacy actions, online tools and resources, digital story-telling and campaigning, networking activities, and more. View our latest news to see what’s on.

Members

Since our establishment in 1984, IGLYO has been growing steadily with new Members joining every year. We currently count more than 100 Member Organisations in over 40 countries across the Council of Europe Region.

Our Members are organisations who represent and/or support LGBTQI youth and/or students, work with LGBTQI youth or issues, comprise mainly of LGBTQI youth, or have a specific department working for/with youth. Meet our members and become one.

Annual Members’ Conference

IGLYO’s Annual Members’ Conference is the largest international gathering of LGBTQI youth in Europe, gathering more than 70 LGBTQI activists from 40 countries to take part in a range of interactive capacity building workshops and decide upon IGLYO’s statutory and membership issues. Learn more.

Inclusive Education

IGLYO advocates for education that is truly safe for and inclusive of all learners. IGLYO’s LGBTQI Inclusive Education Project maps and reports the situation for LGBTQI learners in school in every Council of Europe country. 

Structure, teams and governance

IGLYO’s highest authority is the Members’ General Assembly, held every year during the Annual Members’ Conference. The General Assembly elects the Executive Board, composed of international LGBTQI young people between 18 and 30 years old, to oversee the governance of the organisation and lead and contribute to the daily operations carried out by the Secretariat. Both the Board and the Secretariat are supported by a Governance Team, which provides them with advice on specific issues. Meet the teams.

Funding & Donations

IGLYO is committed to the sustainability of the network’s financial future. We are currently funded by the European Union, the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe and the Government of the Netherlands. 

We also rely on individual donations by generous individuals to help to achieve our mission and ensure that young people outside the EU are given the same chances to participate in our activities. Donate now.

Organisational documents

IGLYO is a Brussels-based non-profit organisation registered under Belgian law. IGLYO’s organisational documents can be found here.

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