On Friday, August 3, EuroPride organizes a Human Rights Conference focusing on the human rights of LGBTQ people in Europe. The conference will include seminars and discussions with activists, politicians and organizations, and several of the seminars highlights transgender rights. The conference is opened by Alice Bah Kuhnke (MP), the Swedish Minister of Democracy, and Birgitta Ohlsson (L), the former Minister for European Union affairs.

As part of EuroPride 2018, the Human Rights Conference is held at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, parallel with EuroPride House during Friday. Britta Davidsohn and Tasso Stafilidis, the presidents of Stockholm Pride, and West Pride, will open the conference on the Grand Stage at 12:00, and hand over to Alice Bah Kuhnke and Birgitta Ohlsson, who will deliver an opening speech/opening speeches. From 1pm, the conference offers seminars, debates and talks. The conference ends at 5pm with a closing ceremony on the Grand Stage.

The Human Rights Conference is one of the cornerstones of EuroPride 2018. The international LGBTQ movement is multifaceted, and we now offer a day of seminars and debates highlighting some of our most important issues, says Britta Davidsohn, president of Stockholm Pride.

Perhaps the most important part of our Pride festivals is to show solidarity with the LGBTQ people who live in countries where the oppression is compact and where there is a struggle for life and death every day. With this conference, EuroPride 2018 puts the spotlight on our most oppressed siblings in the world, says Tasso Stafilidis, president of West Pride.

Participants during the conference are, in addition to EuroPride 2018, both organizations and Swedish political parties. The Human Rights Conference is open to the public and free of admission.

We are very pleased that we have received so many interesting guests. Among other things, we will listen to Adrian Coman, who recently won the European Court of Justice, claiming that the right to free movement in the EU also applies to samsex couples. There will also be discussions with Swedish parliamentarians and LGBTQI rapporteurs from the Council of Europe. Many of the participating organizations have also invited guests from Russia, Turkey and Belarus, which it will be very interesting to listen, says Ulrika Westerlund, Human Rights conference manager.

During EuroPride 2018 Gothenburg, a second Human Rights Conference will be held on august 17, with a global focus.