The Network of European LGBTI Families Associations (NELFA) was created informally on 1 May 2009 to bring together the associations of European lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex parents and their children under one European umbrella organization to represent the interests of LGBTI / Rainbow Families. NELFA was incorporated under Belgian law as an international non-profit association (AISBL) on 12 March, 2012. Official NELFA headquarters are located in the Rainbow House in Brussels.
Currently, the Board of NELFA is composed of the following members:
Dominique has been involved in LGBT issues for the last 25 years, and more actively so as co-chairman of the LGBT Center in Paris (1999/2002), and since 2010 as co-chairman of APGL. APGL is the French leading LGBT families NGO and a founding member of NELFA (www.apgl.fr).
Dominique is the father of one boy (born in 2011, through surrogacy in Russia).
APGL has had quite a busy time in France over the last 2 years, leading to the adoption of marriage equality legislation in 2013. APGL feels it is time to contribute and share that experience with NELFA by being involved at Board level.
Giuseppina La Delfa
Famiglie Arcobaleno, Italy
Giuseppina is an Italian-French citizen. She has been teaching French language at Salerno University in Southern Italy from 1990. She has been married to Raphaelle since 2013 and their wedding took place in France. They have had two children : Lisa Marie (almost 14 and Andrea Giuseppe almost 5).
Giuseppina was the founding president of ‘Famiglie Arcobaleno’ for 10 years, from 2005 until October 2015. Throughout those10 years she was constantly on the front line fighting for the rights of Italian rainbow families. She also fought for her own marriage to be recognised legally in Italy and has recently won that battle. She and her wife are the only homosexual couple who are legally married in Italy at present and their next personal fight has been the recognition of double filiation for their children in Italy.
They are waiting for the last step of the national judgement for both the issues.
Giuseppina is interested in the right of movement in Europe for homosexual and transsexual European citizens without the loss of civil rights. She would like to contribute to Nelfa by using mutual acquaintance, and she is thinking of creating with Nelfa a website for house swaps and holiday exchanges for children and teens.
She is currently organising for Nelfa the next international conference in Naples, Italy: Rainbow families in Europe – Same love, different status. Results achieved and challenges ahead
Björn is a 39 year-old journalist from Germany. Until summer 2015, he worked as news editor and reporter for several public radio stations (recently in Potsdam [rbb] and Magdeburg [mdr]). Then, he moved from Berlin to Brussels, together with his husband and their 4 year-old foster son Elia.
At the moment, Björn is a stay-at-home-dad and writes a book about his life as rainbow father and the circumstances of his lightning pregnancy in 2011, when he and his husband got parents nearly over night: Elia was born and he was only five days old when he came to his new rainbow family…
Björn wrote a radio feature concerning the Coming-Out in general and subject of his thesis was the former social democratic mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, who became known by his saying „ Ich bin schwul – und das ist auch gut so!“ („I’m gay – and that‘s good!“) in September 2001.
Björn would like to support the work of NELFA. He wants to improve the rights of rainbow families, make them more visible. Björn is member of the LSVD and belongs to the NELFA-mediateam.
TransInterQueer e.V. (TriQ)
Caroline Ausserer is a free lance journalist, moderator and certified diversity trainer with focus on EU-policy, human rights, LGBTIQ*, migration and gender. She has been involved in LGBTIQ* activism for many years, in particular as assistant at the European Parliament and with the European Parliament’s LGBT Intergroup. Originally from Northern Italy, she has lived in Austria, Spain, Brazil and Belgium and has moved to Germany in 2012 when her daughter was born.
In March 2016 she was elected into the NELFA Board as member of TransInterQueer e.V. (TriQ) in Berlin. She is part of the media team, supports the network with her knowledge on European mechanisms and institutions and is the liaison person for the next International Family Equality Day (IFED) and the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). Caroline is interested in advancing Rainbow Family rights throughout Europe with a particular focus on trans-families.
Short bio: Mag. a Ethnology and Political Science (Universtiy of Vienna, 2000), MA International Relations (University of Rio de Janeiro, 2007), Italian National Exam of Journalism in Rome (2004), Assistant at the European Parliament for MEP Ulrike Lunacek (The Greens/EFA, 2009-13), Press Officer at the Schwules Museum* in Berlin (2014-16). She works currently as Press Officer at The Greens in the Berlin district Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.
Jordi is a pediatrician based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.
He is a member of FLG, the Catalan LGTB families association, which has more than 400 members.
Jordi and his husband had their son almost 5 years ago through gestational surrogacy in the USA. They got married when they were 30 weeks pregnant! after more than 13 years together. Before their son Joan was born they were already involved in FLG.
Although many goals have been achieved in Spain in the last years, and although his family lives in a safe and gay-friendly city, Jordi has realised the need to continue the fight for the rights of our families in Spain and across Europe.
Jordi is excited to join the Board of NELFA and he hopes he will be able to contribute to our work. He believes that a better world for our kids and families is possible and he is sure that the best is yet to come.