IGLYO is the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Queer and Intersex Youth and Student Organisation. IGLYO is a network gathering LGBTQI youth and student organisations in Europe and beyond. It is run for and by young people.
IGLYO’s vision is a world where we, young people in all our diversity, are able to express and define our own sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions without discrimination, violence or hatred. We work for a world where we can participate without limitation in our lives and communities, so we can rise to our full potential, enjoying respect, celebration and positive recognition.
Run by young people, for young people, IGLYO is an international membership-based umbrella organisation that aims to empower and enable its Members to ensure representation of LGBTQ youth and student issues. IGLYO’s approach promotes cooperation and joint strategies, and often advocates on behalf of Members to international bodies, institutions and other organisations.
In 1984, the Dutch Gay Youth Platform (LHJO) hosted the first International Gay Youth Congress and Festival in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The participants regarded the event as such a great success that they decided to arrange a follow-up. In 1985, Ireland’s National Gay Federation hosted the second Congress in Dublin.
At the Dublin conference, plans were made to establish a network to collect and distribute information about lesbian, gay, and bisexual young people and their groups. The youth group from Norway volunteered to organize the International Gay Youth Information Pool (IGYIP), and hosted the Third Congress. At the end of the conference in Oslo, it was decided to establish IGLYO as a permanent organization for lesbian, gay and bisexual youth. The membership has since voted to include issues affecting trans and queer people in the work of IGLYO.