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Who we are

Arcigay is a non-profit organization, founded in 1985, which operates all over the country through its local branches and affiliated clubs. Its aim is the equality between individuals regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Arcigay is made of groups of volunteers, the local branches, composed by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and also straight people. From its headquarters, it coordinates the national activities on information, prevention, and advocacy for the LGBT community. It works for the growth and expansion of its branches that are working at regional, provincial and local level. Arcigay cooperates with other Italian and European NGOs and with the major national and international private and public institutions.

The mission

To promote and protect the right to equality for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
To affirm the principles and relations of solidarity.
To fight against all forms of violence, discrimination and human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
To promote the visibility and full participation in social and civic life of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
To propose cultural and social policies and create debates around homosexuality, lesbianism and transsexuality.

Values and principles

Arcigay believes in a secular, democratic society where individuals’ liberties, human and civil rights are recognized, promoted and guaranteed without discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or other personal and social condition, and where the personality of every individual can be achieved within a framework of peaceful relationship with the social and natural environment. The association is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion and is funded primarily by its members and by private and public donors.

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