Stronger together as LGBTI activists: What I learned from the ILGA-Europe Conference, Prague 2019

Stronger Together… what did this year’s ILGA-Europe conference theme mean to the 600 LGBTI activist participants who came to Prague in October? And if it is true that we are stronger together, how can we make it happen even more? Our conference reporter and former Executive Director of ILGA-Europe, Patricia Prendiville shares her thoughts, while alongside we share some of the wonderful images documenting this year’s gathering.

Patricia Penderville sitting on a yellow armchair.
Patricia Penderville sitting on a yellow armchair.
Patricia Prendiville
Two conference participants hug warmly, with big smiles
Two conference participants hug warmly, with big smiles
This was a place of warmest greetings, with people delighted to see each other
Two participants from differing generations engage in conversation
Two participants from differing generations engage in conversation
Inter-generational links seemed to emerge through conversations
A break-away group of participants meet and talk about the issues
A break-away group of participants meet and talk about the issues
There were so many options for people to choose from in terms of organised or self-organised spaces
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I saw people trying to listen, to learn, to acknowledge, to remain open so as to move ahead together
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We heard how important it is to nurture resilience in us as individuals and especially to nurture the resilience of groups and organisations
Activists and policy makers participated as speakers.
Activists and policy makers participated as speakers.
There was much discussion about the numerous groups within the LGBTI movement that have emerged
Six participants carrying a presentation during the conference.
Six participants carrying a presentation during the conference.
Defining our agendas for change is a necessary strand in the rope of us working together
Three people hold the transgender flag.
Three people hold the transgender flag.
We need to continue to support the development of the next wave of the movement
Three people talk around a coffee table.
Three people talk around a coffee table.
The conference gives us an opportunity to re-charge the batteries
A participant in the audience makes a question to the speakers.
A participant in the audience makes a question to the speakers.
The opportunity to gather together provides such a welcome boost to the motivation and determination
Group photo of all participants.
Group photo of all participants.
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