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International Work

For all of us who live or love against societal norms With a history that goes back all the way to 1950, RFSL is one of the oldest LGBTIQ organisations in the world. An ever-growing member-based movement, working with a broad program to secure the rights and improve the lives of LGBTIQ persons,…

Leveraging human rights and the Agenda 2030 to advance LGBTI rights

The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) and the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Rights (RFSL) is now launching a new report. The report provides guidance as to how human rights, the 2030 Agenda and their related monitoring mechanisms can be leveraged to advance the fulfillment of rights for LGBTI…

UN High Level Political Forum

The 2021 HLPF is held between 6–15 July and gathers leaders from across the world to track the international implementation and progress towards the Agenda 2030. RFSL’s International Advocacy Advisor will be part of the Swedish delegation.

Rainbow Academy

Rainbow Academy is RFSL’s platform for international trainings – a space for LGBTQ activists to come together, and grow together. Rainbow Academy offers a variety of…


The affirmation of feminist principles has been drafted jointly by feminist women’s and human rights organisations, and LGBTIQ+ and trans-led organisations.  We invite both individuals and organisations to sign-on to this statement.


RFSL works to improve the lives of LGBTQ people at a global level, through sharing knowledge about LGBTQ issues in international organisations, and influencing global processes to include an LGBTQ perspective.

A World For All

Read RFSL's manual for working globally with sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics. The manual is aimed at organisations and people working with…

Sports create involvement

TransActive is a South African project that strengthens and mobilises women with a trans experience through sports. It's about promoting health and well-being but mainly about…

Media advocacy in Southern Africa

Iranti-org is a Johannesburg based visual media organisation for lesbian, trans and intersex persons. Iranti works within a human rights framework raising issues on gender, identities,…

Rainbow Advocacy Program

Rainbow Advocacy Program (RAP), implemented with kind support of ILGA World and Sida, is a 13-month-long fellowship for LGBTIQ+ activists from Global South and East to…


Since 2010, RFSL has been collaborating with Arus Pelangi, a federation of LGBTQ organisations in Indonesia.

Attack on festival in Ukraine

At least 5 people were injured after the Zaporozhye Festival of Equality in Ukraine was attacked this weekend by anti-LGBTQ groups in masks. The group claimed…

Activist Profiles

At RFSL we are in close contact with activists around the world. Interviews with some of them are featured here. First out is Jessica St Rose from St Lucia.