Council of Europe Grants European Forum Participatory Status

We are very happy that the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups (EF) has been granted participatory status in the Council of Europe.

The Council of Europe is the continent’s leading Human Rights organisation. All 47 member states have signed the European Convention of Human Rights. With this decision, the Council affirms that listening to the perspectives of minorities is crucial when dealing with questions of Human Rights. The EF is now among the 300 plus international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) that have been granted participatory status, giving a voice to LGBT people of faith.

The Conference of INGOs at the Council of Europe has established three thematic committees, which are responsible for its work in the priority fields of human rights: democracy, social cohesion, and global challenges as well as education and culture. The EF is looking forward to participating in these fields.

Wielie Elhorst, Co-President: “The European Forum is very happy to have a voice at  the intersection of faith, religion, and the human rights of LGBT people. This specific voice has not until now been heard within the Council of Europe. We think our contribution will be useful and vital, as so many people experience conflicts where faith and belief intersect with their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.”

The European Forum of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Christian Groups is an ecumenical association of LGBT Christian groups in Europe. The European Forum aims to achieve equality and inclusion for LGBT people within and through Christian churches and other religious bodies and multilateral organisations. With over 50 member groups from more than 20 countries in Europe, the European Forum works for freedom of religion for LGBT people, for human rights, for the dignity of LGBT people, and for an affirmative discourse on human sexuality.