The Network of European LGBTIQ* 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 organisation to represent the interests of LGBTIQ* (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.
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 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 (14) and Andrea Giuseppe (5).
Giuseppina was the founding president of ‘Famiglie Arcobaleno’ for 10 years, from 2005 until October 2015. Throughout those 10 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. In March 2017, she organised the international NELFA conference in Naples, Italy: Rainbow families in Europe – Same love, different status. Results achieved and challenges ahead
Famiglie Arcobaleno, Italy
Giovanni is 37, Italian, he lives in Genoa and he is a marine engineer working in the shipmanagement field. He married Stefano in 2012 in London (they got civil partnershipped at first, then they got the upgrading to marriage in 2015). In November 2016, their son Alessandro was born in California.
Giovanni joined Famiglie Arcobaleno in 2011 and he has been the association’s “regional representative” in Liguria, the region where he lives, for two years (2012 and 2013). Then, together with his husband and other activists, he founded the Coordinamento Liguria Rainbow, a network of local LGBTIQ* people, feminist and pro civil rights associations. The Coordinamento organises yearly, starting from 2014, the International Day Against Homo-Bi-Transphobia (IDAHOT) celebrations and the Pride Parade in Genoa.
Björn is a 41 year-old journalist from Germany. Until summer 2015, he worked as news editor and reporter for several public radio stations. Then, he moved from Berlin to Brussels, together with his husband and their foster son Elia (born October 2011). Meanwhile, a sweet foster daughter Tianna (born September 2016) completes the family. Therefore, Björn slipped into the role of a stay-at-home-dad.
Since November 2015, Björn supports NELFA as an editor of its Facebook account. In March 2016, he was elected into the NELFA Board (as member of the German LSVD) and belongs since then officially to the media team of the network. Björn writes press releases, letters, takes part in rainbow family (strategy) meetings, conferences and other events (like IFED). In the meantime, he became NELFA Secretary (March 2017) and is responsible for the (virtual) office. He coordinated NELFA’s successful Erasmus+ project “Adequate and equal legal protection for rainbow families” and is also responsible for the current project “Chances and challenges for rainbow families”.
Björn’s aim is to improve the rights of rainbow families, their legal recognition, protection and equal treatment. He wants to create greater understanding, acceptance and trust towards LGBTIQ* parents and their children – through information and visibility.
Eleni is a member of FLG in Catalonia, Spain. She is from Greece, but has been living in Spain since 2005. She is married with Kate McArdle who is from England and they have two daughters, Francesca and Alexandra, both born in Barcelona.
Eleni has been involved with the FLG since 2012 when she volunteered for the 2nd European Meeting of Rainbow Families. She helped members and non-members of the FLG with questions regarding the rights of their families outside of Spain.
Her family has been affected a lot by inequality Rainbow Families face in Europe and that is what was motivating Eleni to become a part of the NELFA Board. Her home country Greece doesn’t recognise her marriage or her wife as mother of their children. And in the UK, Kate is not recognised as the mother of their oldest daughter because she was conceived before they were married.
Eleni would like to help promoting the injustices and problems our families and particularly our children face in Europe. Specifically children with parents like Eleni and Kate who have different nationalities and have to deal with the legislation of more than one country.
Jesús SANTOS HOMOBONO
Jesús is a gay father of Gabriel (15), he’s married and he lives in Madrid, Spain. Jesús belongs to Galehi, one of the founder associations of NELFA. Galehi is an association rainbow families fighting for family rights in Spain and with NELFA all over Europe. Jesús was the first Galehi President (for 4 years) and part of the Board later. In the meantime, he left the Board but is still very active in his association.
He would like to take his experiences with Galehi to work for NELFA on the European level. Jesús wants to participate as much as his job allows. He speaks Spanisch and English (“Perhaps not as fluent as I would like!”). Please, let me know your questions and thoughts.
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.
Famiglie Arcobaleno, Italy
Esteban is the proud father with Michele of Davide and Gabriel, two adorable boys born in California through surrogacy 5 years ago. Esteban was born and race in Italy even if his family is orginally from Costa Rica.
Esteban has a degree in International Politics and a master degree in International Cooperation. His work experience is mainly focused on international projects managing. Esteban works for the Government of the Liguria region, specifically he is focused on social projects for the integration of migrant citizens in the regional territory. Most of the projects that Esteban followed are financed by the Italian Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs or directly by the European Commission.
Esteban is member of Famiglie Arcobaleno since 2010 and has cooperated on behalf of FA in the last editions of the International Family Equality Day (IFED). Esteban speaks fluent Italien, English and Spanish and has a basic knowledge in French.
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 some 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 was 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.
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