The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK:
ILGA’s campaign to make LGBT voices come out at the United Nations rose to a new level last week with six additional groups applying for consultative status at the UN. The groups that applied by the May 31, 2006 deadline include the Associação Brasileira de Gays, Lésbicas e Transgêneros (ABGLT), COC Nederlands, the Federación Estatal de Lesbianas, Gays, Transexuales y Bisexuales (FELGT) of Spain, Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), and the Riksförbundet för sexuellt likaberättigande (RFSL) of Sweden. Over 2,700 NGOs have consultative status at the UN, which allows them to participate fully in global debates such as at the newly formed Human Rights Council, by circulating written statements, giving oral statements, and organizing side events...continue reading article.