European Forum

of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Christian Groups

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Christians speak out for the Human Rights of LGBT People - A project of the European Forum

The European Forum

The European Forum is a Europe-wide, ecumenical organization working within and through Christian churches for equality and full inclusion of LGBT people. Founded in 1982, the European Forum now has 46 member groups from 22 countries all over Europe, representing nearly six thousand members. European Forum members come from many different Christian denominations: Anglican, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Orthodox, Baptist, Salvation Army, Methodist, Reformed, Evangelical, Waldensian, Armenian Apostolic, Metropolitan Community Church, ecumenical groups and others.

The European Forum has supported LGBT Christians in Eastern Europe for more than a decade through scholarships for 63 participants from 13 different countries. In 2005-2007 the European Forum developed and held a three module Safe Space Training Course in theological argumentation concerning homosexuality and human rights attended by 9 Eastern European activists eager to challenge conservative religious leaders and politicians who use faith based arguments to deny LGBT people their human rights.

The European Forum has 9 member groups from 7 different countries which were part of the former Soviet Union (Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova). Together with two other member groups from Romania and Poland they organized themselves on a regional level in the Forum of LGBT Christians in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EEF). The European Forum supports them financially, through workshops and personal presence of volunteers at the annual EEF conferences which started in 2008. This became an opportunity for mutual support and capacity building for a number of leaders in the region, acting as multipliers in their own local communities back home.

The European Forum took also a leading role in preparing ILGA World’s Pre-conference on religion in Geneva (2006) and the Interfaith Pre-conference of ILGA World meeting in Stockholm (2012). It forms part in the emerging Global LGBTI Interfaith Network, and has an active presence at various General Assemblies and events organized by the World Council of Churches since 1995.