| |PHILIPPINES - Sep 18, 2003
Manila is set to host the International Lesbian and Gay Association's 22nd World Conference from November 11-18, 2003. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocates from 40 countries are expected to attend the gathering whose theme is "Surviving Discrimination, Celebrating Our Lives."
The ILGA conference is part of the November gatheringson Gender, Rights and Intolerance which will also involve government officials, media workers, women's rights advocates, youth and civil society leaders in workshops addressing inequalities that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexed people face worldwide.
A vibrant cultural festival of pride parades, trade fairs, artsand video shows called Rainbow Days will run alongside the conference.
Providing support for the conference is Pinoy Pride, a Filipino gay-straight alliance network composed of businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, students and artists.
ILGA is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a global federation fighting anti-LGBT discrimination. Founded in1978 in the United Kingdom, it has expanded across six continents and has worked to achieve the removal of legal restrictions againstsexual minorities in Europe, Latin America, Canada and SouthAfrica.
For more information, please visit the ILGA website.