NELFA gathering

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2nd European LGBT Families Gathering - Catalonia 2012

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Hundreds of LGBT families from across Europe and elsewhere
Educational and networking activities for parents
Fun activities and leisure time in a seaside resort
Affordable all-inclusive program including excursions
Parenting resources and workshops for prospective parents
The Second European LGBT Families Gathering is a terrific opportunity to meet hundreds of parents and parents-to-be from more than a dozen countries! This conference / gathering is organized by the Network of European LGBT Family Associations (NELFA) and will take place on April 28-May 1, 2012, in Lloret de Mar near Barcelona, Spain. About 800 of us will take over this resort and enjoy a combination of social, educational and fun activities, including sightseeing excursions in Barcelona and elsewhere. Thanks to the generous support of government and private sponsors this all-inclusive program is also very affordable, about €300 for a family of four including all meals and excursions!

The educational activities will take place alongside fun activities for children, in a multicultural and multilingual environment. The elaborate program will include discussions about LGBT family rights across Europe, comprehensive parenting workshops and exhibitions for prospective parents, and plenty of opportunities for networking and sharing of our life experiences.

This gathering will takes place as around the continent there are dramatic social changes with advances in LGBT rights, visibility and social acceptance, and a growing desire to become parents. Leading and benefiting from these trends are the LGBT family associations around the continent, many of whom established in the last few years. The umbrella organization, NELFA, grew from 7 members in 2009 to 20 today. In the first European wide conference in Paris over 500 people participated, and the event enjoyed unprecedented attention from public figures and the media

Complete multilingual conference and recreational program


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The European LGBT Families gathering will take place April 28-May 1, 2012, at hotel Evenia in the resort town of Lloret de Mar, just north of Barcelona. For more information and registration, click the button below.

About the Network of European LGBT Families Organizations (NELFA)

The Network of European LGBT Families Associations (NELFA)
The Network of European LGBT Families Associations (NELFA) was created in 2009 to bring together the associations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents and their children from European nations under one organization. While strong organizations in places like the Netherlands, Germany, France and Spain have been around for a decade or more, and already represent tens of thousands families, many new "Rainbow Families" organizations have been created in recent years in countries such as the UK, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal and Hungary. Since its formation NELFA grew from 7 members to 20 associations from 17 different countries.

The objective of the Second European LGBT Families Conference

The Second European Conference on LGBT Families will combine
The European LGBT Families Conference
presentations, workshops, shared life experiences and leisure time. We are expecting between 700 and 800 people from different European countries and beyond. Our main objective is to empower social change, make our families visible, and have an impact on the media in our respective countries. We work together with other organizations and governments to address inequality suffered by LGBT families and their children and spread the achievements of LGBT rights across the continent.