EGALITE was created in 1993 and stands for “Equality for Gays And Lesbians In The European institutions“.

EGALITE aims at combating any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation. In particular, we act to secure, within European Union bodies and institutions, non-discriminatory treatment for same-sex couples.

EGALITE also campaigns for the rights of gays and lesbians in Europe.

EGALITE has worked successfully to persuade the European Union institutions to recognise same-sex marriages and partnerships. As a result, social benefits granted by EU institutions are now available to same-sex couples. We provide support to our members in resolving any practical difficulties faced in the process of partnership recognition.

We have monitored European Union legislation and projects to try to ensure that gay and lesbian issues are kept at the forefront of policymakers’ attention, and worked together with national groups lobbying on the inclusion of a non-discrimination article in the Amsterdam Treaty as well as on its implementation.

We are monitoring the European institutions policy on HIV testing.

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