The IFED Report: 80 pages full of family diversity, with contributions from activists all over the world. Stronger than ever because six new countries joined the celebration of the 5th International Family Equality Day (IFED).
In his foreword, Charles Radcliffe, Chief of Global Issues & Intergovernmental Affairs, U.N. writes, ‘Making the world safer and more accepting for all children […] requires a long-term commitment to social and legal change […]. If the scale of the task can seem daunting, the pages of this report remind us why it is so important. The photos and stories featured here reveal the great joy, love and devotion that lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people bring to parenthood. They should give heart to even the most exhausted reformer and give even the harshest critic pause for thought.’
The Hon Tanya Plibersek, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, MP for Sidney (Australian Labor Party), adds, ‘I celebrate, and am inspired by, the patience, the commitment, the untiring efforts of those campaigning around the world to achieve change […]. We know that all families are precious. We know that all families deserve recognition. We know that families are made by love.’
The Annual Report is a colourful summary of IFED events, this year commemorated in 74 cities in 36 countries: LGBTIQ* parents, their children, friends and allies make visible what often is ignored or opposed and hidden – that rainbow families are and want to be part of society! For NELFA, the Network of European LGBTIQ* Families Associations, IFED is an exceptional opportunity to promote recognition, protection and equal treatment for all types of families. And the Annual Report is a kind of flagship for these constant efforts.