Friday, 25 September 2009

MGRM: ILGA-Europe Conference - Malta 2009

21.9.9 by Colette Farrugia Bennett

Dear Friends,

Hereunder, please find an invitation to participate in the ILGA-Europe Annual Conference that shall be held in Malta in October, as well as an appeal for hosts of ILGA-Europe Conference Participants.

31st European Conference of the International Lesbian and Gay Association
13th ILGA-Europe conference

Malta, 29 October – 1 November
Organised in association with the Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM)

The Malta Gay Rights Movement is this year hosting the Annual Conference of ILGA Europe, which will take place between the 29th October and 1st November 2009 at the Corinthia Marina Hotel, St George’s Bay, St Julians.

The topic of this year’s conference is “Overcoming Cultural Barriers to LGBT Equality”. The Conference is not only the annual general assembly of the organization, where stock will be taken of last year’s activities and a new Executive Board elected, but also an exciting forum to meet activists from all over Europe and to attend a wide range of interesting plenary sessions with high-level speakers and a series of workshops. This will reflect the work of ILGA-Europe and its members in dialogue with faith-based institutions and public awareness-raising, as well as debates on the role of religion and beliefs, culture and social norms in overcoming discrimination on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

The Conference will include a variety of plenary sessions and workshops to cover the human rights context. The content will cover in depth issues of culture, education, employment; social inclusion, religion, parenting and transgender issues.

The Conference is a unique opportunity for the Maltese LGBT community and others who are interested in LGBT rights. Participation is possible through attendance for all or parts of the conference depending on availability. Those interested need to fill in the registration form and forward it to MGRM by not later than the 1st of October 2009. Further information about the conference programme can be obtained from


The Malta Gay Rights Movement is hosting the 31st Annual Conference of ILGA Europe, which will take place between the 28th October and 1st November 2009 at the Corinthia Marina Hotel, St George’s Bay, St Julians, Malta. Around 200 LGBT activists from all over Europe will be participating in the conference.

For a number of participants this is also a unique opportunity to visit Malta. We are therefore looking for a number of people who would be willing to host the conference participants for two to four days either before or after the conference.

If you can offer this service please provide us with the following information by sending us an email on

How many people you can host
Whether you would rather host male or female participants
How many days you are prepared to host
Whether you would prefer to host before or after the conference

Gabi Calleja

Thank you

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