NELFA tries to (co-)organise one major Rainbow Families Conference per year. Board members and active volunteers report on their work, on their experiences in their home organisations and discuss with other top class stakeholders about the current situation of LGBTIQ* parents and their children in Europe. Our last Conferences were 2017 in Naples (“Rainbow families in Europe – Same love, different status. Results achieved and challenges ahead”, in cooperation with Famiglie Arcobalenco) and 2018 in Lisbon (“Let’s speak out: LGBTI & Family Rights”, with ILGA Portugal, ENP and AMPLOS). [Pictures 09-15: Flavio Alberto]
NELFA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held in spring. Board members, candidates and allies reflect on achievements and struggles within the last 12 months, summarise the work done so far and take a look into future tasks. Up to now, the AGM’s took place in London (2013), Maastricht (2014), Konstanz (2015), Barcelona (2016), Naples (2017) and Lisbon (2018). The next NELFA AGM will be in Helsinki (8-10 March 2019). [Picture 14: Paula Myöhänen, Sateenkaariperheet]
Rainbow Families Meetings
NELFA member organisations sometimes host European Rainbow Families Meetings. These are – in general – big events with workshops, panel discussions and fun for the children and their parents as well. One year after the creation of the Network, apgl from France realised the first ever Rainbow Families Meeting in Paris (2010). FLG in Spain organised another one in Lloret del Mar in 2012, followed by LSVD in Germany with a Rainbow Families Meeting in Cologne (2014). The 4th European get-together took place in Oueiras, organised by ILGA Portugal in 2015. NELFA and LSVD organised a little European Families Meeting in Berlin, end of April 2018. We invite our member organisations to think of a next major event for Rainbow Families. One idea is to combine the next NELFA Conference in Zagreb (2019) with such an event for the whole family…
Rainbow Families Celebrations
NELFA and many of its members support and celebrate the International Family Equality Day – IFED – every first Sunday in May. Rainbow families in many cities and countries come together for a picnic, for a common action day, for a parade or any other (big) event. In 2018, a new IFED NGO was founded in Geneva to organise the whole event in the future. NELFA remains a major promoter, organises its own IFED events and encourages its members to do so. By the way, the motto in 2019 will be “Families: United We Stand”. If you want to get involved – click here. Since recently, NELFA also celebrates the International Day of Families (15th of May), which was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993. In 2018, we realised for example a little collage, together with the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBTI Rights.