WorldPride Madrid 2017

Madrid Summit Declaration

Madrid, Spain, 28th of June 2017

All those assembled here and engaged in the organization and staging of this International Human Rights Conference of WorldPride Madrid 2017, which has brought together over 200 activists, politicians, and leaders in the fields of culture and education from 46 countries across all five continents of the world; with the distinguished participation of the UN, the European Parliament, the European Commission, ILGA Europe, ILGA World, Outright International, Victory Institute, Interpride, Epoa, Amnesty International, UNICEF, the Red Cross, the International Commission agains the Death Penalty, the Instituto DEMOSPAZ-UAM, Instituto Universitario de Estudios de la Mujer, El Instituto de la Mujer y para la Igualdad de Oportunidades, Instituto de Derechos Humanos Bartolomé de las Casas – UC3M; with the involvement of the Embassies of Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, and the United States; with the presence of the government representation of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Canada, Costa Rica, and Urugay; and with the support of the Comunidad de Madrid, the Ayuntamiento de Madrid, the Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación, the Ministerio de Sanidad, Servicios Sociales y Empleo and the European Parliament;

HAVE the clear motive and goal of promoting, defending, and advocating for the universal rights of all persons, and the purpose of laying the foundations for Human Rights with regards orientation and gender identity by using the existing Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Yogyakarta Principles, and the UN declaration on sexual orientation and gender identity as a common reference framework;

WE REITERATE that all human beings are born equal in rights and dignity and that every person has the right to enjoy Human Rights regardless of differences in race, colour, sex, language, religion, opinions, national or social backgrounds, economic status, or any other circumstance;

WE AFFIRM the fact that, as universal, complementary, indivisible and interdependent, these rights will not accept distinctions which will affect persons or communities depending on their orientation nor by their gender identity;

WE RECOGNISE the special vulnerability of those whose preferences, practices, orientations, and gender identities have meant they have been discriminated against, censored, persecuted, silenced, or judged and punished with cruel and inhuman treatment by States, societies and cultures due to no other reason than not conforming with a majority and normative standard;

WE UNDERSTAND that this moment in history requires us to meet the demands of the natural environment, as well as those of present and future generations, respecting and prolonging the memory of those who came before us and reinforcing the need to avoid any sort of dominant biases with a multicultural, intergenerational, intersectional perspective which acknowledges family and regional diversity and gender equality;

WE ACKNOWLEDGE, welcome and celebrate the various advances made in Human Rights in recent years, but also the need to keep fighting for the rights of all people given the numerous infringements that are committed in most parts of the world;

WE FACE the new circumstances of domination, violence and colonisation which derive from digital communication technology with responsibility and caution. We therefore recognise the lack of specific regulatory treatment with regards to information, image, visibility and sensitivities and the legal vacuums that still exist concerning the rights to privacy, honour, and intimacy, while highlighting the need for free access to information for all people as long as this does not serve as a surveillance and control tool for governments, companies, or persons, to manipulate, censure and repress;

WE EMPHASIZE the need to provide special care for children and their rights in their condition of particular vulnerability, in keeping with the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child;

WE DECLARE that the community referred to when speaking about sexual orientation and gender identity can be called LGBTQIA+ with the objective of validating each of the varying gender identities and sexual orientations through language and including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and “+” individuals, a symbol of inclusion, openness and integration for a whole range of identities, including two-spirit, leiti, fa´afafine, hijra, bandhu, kinnar, muxhe, and all other denominations which serve to assist the identity of every person, binary or not; moreover, LGBTQIA+ aims to preserve the legitimate right to difference and individual freedom by guaranteeing that every definition, proposal, grouping or conceptualization must be made in order to protect the rights, sensibilities and promotion of each individual’s life;

WE RECOGNISE the need to head towards equal rights of access to health and information for LGBTQIA+ people by implementing specific measures in research, education and access to all healthcare;

WE DEMAND the promotion of policies, practical, rhetorical and discursive measures which highlight the defence and protection of Human Rights that must take the vulnerability of persons and communities like the LGBTQIA+ who are singled out, discriminated against, harmed, judged, disregarded, condemned, tortured or executed as a result of their sexual and/or emotional orientation and/or gender identity;

WE CALL FOR all people to exercise their right to peaceful protest and assembly, a historically proven way of conquering Rights, and to celebrate and secure the achievements made so far, as well as to denounce the vulnerable circumstances which are yet to be addressed; 

Hoping that between the closing of this WorldPride 2017 International Human Rights Conference and WorldPride New York 2019, the struggle we are engaged in for a world free of discrimination will be maintained, preserved and developed,

WE TRUST, DEFEND AND REQUEST that the international community accepts that it is opportune and essential that we formulate and agree upon an International Convention in forthcoming years which will further the LGBTQIA+ Human Rights cause initiated by this Conference.


Universidad Autónoma de Madrid