In late 2016, Borealis staff representing the Fund for Trans Generations (FTG) attended the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) conference in Bangkok, Thailand. The event, which has been held every year since 1978, provides a space for LGBTQ organizations and allies to share best practices, strategize, and build partnerships.

With over 700 participants, the event provided the FTG an important opportunity to connect with LGBTQ activists and funders from around the world, and learn from advocates about different models of trans organizing and funding. Conference panels touched on a wide range of topics relevant to trans activists and organizations, including workshops on trans parenting and efforts to create community and digital safety and security.

FTG staff also participated in a daylong meeting for LGBTQ funders and donors to share best practices and build relationships. As part of the Global Trans Initiative, FTG staff also spoke at a conference reception and donor dinner to share more about our work and funding model.

ILGA is a network of organizations representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex communities from six regions: Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, Oceania, and Pan Africa. ILGA is the largest global federation of LGBTI organization, and seeks to act as a global voice for those who face discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and/or sex.

The world conference, which lasted from November 28 to December 2, and occurs every two years, was hosted by local ILFA members Rainbow Sky Association of Thailand and Purple Sky Network.