NELFA - the Network of European LGBT Families Associations - was created on 1 May 2009 to bring together the associations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents and their children from European nations under one European organization to represent LGBT / Rainbow Families.
The incorporate under Belgian law as an international non-profit association (AISBL) on March 12th, 2012. Official NELFA headquarters will be located in the Rainbow House in Brussels.
Twelve NELFA founding members from Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland will take a major step towards further consolidating NELFA’s work on behalf of LGBT families in Europe.
With 22 associations representing 14 European countries and thousands of LGBT families, NELFA works to ensure that children of LGBT families in Europe are granted the same rights as children from other families. NELFA encourages European countries to adopt legal systems and equal opportunity policies that do not discriminate against LGBT families, be it legally, financially, educationally or socially.
NELFA also works to ensure the freedom of movement of LGBT families within the European Union without their family life being compromised by entering or settling in another Member State.
NELFA promotes the exchange of information between its members and assists in creating and in developing LGBT families associations in Europe.