50 Years After Stonewall – EuroPride Conference Vienna 2019

Under the patronage of the Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen

EuroPride Vienna 2019 is many different things at the same time: a political rally, a celebration of LGBTIQ life in Europe, the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and last but not least an opportunity for the community to exchange ideas internationally. In order to do justice to all these aspects, we are organising the EuroPride Conference together with the Vienna Anti-Discrimination Agency for Same Sex and Transgender Lifestyles (WASt).

Talks and Workshops

The conference aims to be the largest conference on LGBTIQ issues that ever took place in Austria. It will highlight the different aspects of the community at a high level, from the role of the LGBTIQ community for and in companies as well as everyday working life to the development of LGBTIQ rights as human rights and the importance of Stonewall to the different situations in Europe and how the community deals with its own minorities. There will also be practical workshops to support the daily work of the community.

Main Topics

12 June: Pride Business
13 June: Human Rights & LGBTIQ
14 June: Community & Workshops


12 – 14 June 2019


Vienna City Hall and University of Vienna


Conference language: English

Pride Business

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Vienna City Hall, Volkshalle

8.00 Registration

9.00 Welcome and Opening of the Conference

Katharina Kacerovsky, CEO EuroPride Vienna
Jürgen Czernohorszky, Vienna Executive City Councillor for Education and Integration
Sandra Konstatzky, Member Equinet Executive Board, Chair Austrian Ombud Gleichbehandlungsanwaltschaft
Rebekah Smith, Business Europe (tbc)
Ludo Swinnen, Co-Founder European Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (EGLCC)
Siri Lande, COO Ose Water, former VP Danske Bank

Video Messages:
Ban Ki-Moon, former UN Secretary-General
Dunja Mijatovic, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

9.30 Panel: Pride as an Economic Factor

Katharina Kacerovsky, CEO EuroPride Vienna
Rebekah Smith, Business Europe
Gernot Mittendorfer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Performance Officer Erste Group
Marcel Haraszti, Divisional Board Member of Trade International, REWE
Michaela Huber, Executive Board Member, ÖBB

10.30 Break

11.00 Panel 1: THE COMPANY YOU DO NOT EXPECT – Proud to be Barilla people
Panel hosted by Barilla

Nina Tsilomanidis, Diversity & Inclusion Barilla

Panel discussion with
Nina Tsilomanidis, Diversity & Inclusion Barilla
Jonas Grimheden, Senior Policy Manager at Fundamental Rights Agency FRA
Deb Bubb, Chief Talents, Learning and Inclusion, IBM (tbc)
Katharina Cziczatka, Queer Business Women QBW, Vienna

12.00 Panel 2: Prout at Work?
Presentation and Panel hosted by Arbeiterkammer AK, Chamber of Labour

The situation of LGBTIQ employees in Austria and what equal treatment laws can (not) do for them

Presentation of AK study „Situation of LGBTIQ Employees in Austria“,
Sybille Pirklbauer, Chamber of Labour Vienna

Presentation of „Possibilities and Limits of Equal Treatment Laws”,
Martin Risak, Institute for Social and Labour Law, University of Vienna

Panel discussion with
Sybille Pirklbauer, AK
Jonathan Blake, Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners LGSM
Traude Kogoj, Austrian Railways ÖBB
Wolfgang Wilhelm, Vienna LGBTI Antidiscrimination Office WASt

13.30 Lunch

15.00 Panel 3: Hands-On Experience from Employee-Networking
Panel hosted by REWE

How to Build Up an Internal LGBTIQ Network
Karl Gietler, REWE

Panel discussion with
Karl Gietler, REWE
Julia Vasky, Erste Bank
Marijn Pijnenburg, Business Development Executive, EMEA

16.00 Panel 4: Women* and Lesbians in Business and what it has to do with the International Pride Movement
Panel hosted by Siri Lande

Panel discussion with
Siri Lande, COO Ose Water, former VP Danske Bank
Eva Fels, TransX
Jean-Luc Vey, Prout at Work
Margot Slattery, Country President, Sodexo Ireland (tbc)

17.00 Summary of the Day

Pavel Šubrt, Co-founder East meets West

17.30 End of Day


Philipp Pertl (Moderator)
Ulrike Lunacek (EuroPride Vienna Ambassador, former Vice-President of the European Parliament and Co-Chair LGBTI-Intergroup)

LGBTIQ & Human Rights

Thursday, June 13, 2019
Vienna City Hall, Volkshalle

8.00 Registration

9.00 Welcome and Opening of the Conference

Michael Ludwig, Mayor and Governor of Vienna
Moritz Yvon, President HOSI Wien
Helena Dalli, Maltese Minister for European Affairs and Equality
Terry Reintke, MEP, Co-Chair LGBTI-Intergroup, European Parliament
Manfred Nowak, Secretary General Global Campus of Human Rights (Venice); University of Vienna
Kristine Garina, Co-Chair European Pride Organisers Association EPOA
Wolfgang Wilhelm, Vienna LGBTI Antidiscrimination Office WASt

Video Messages:
Ban Ki-Moon, former UN Secretary-General
Dunja Mijatovic, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

9.30 Keynote + Q&A: Where We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We Need To Go

Michael O’Flaherty, Director, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

10.15 Panel 1: Situation of LGBTIQ rights in Europe

Katrin Hugendubel, ILGA-Europe

Panel discussion with
Katrin Hugendubel, ILGA-Europe
Zuzana Dorazilova, DG JUST
Dan Christian Ghattas, OII Europe
Helmut Graupner, European Commission on Sexual Orientation Law (ECSOL) & Rechtskomitee LAMBDA (RKL)

11.15 Break

11.45 Presentation of Human Rights City of Vienna

Shams Asadi, Human Rights Office, Vienna

12.05 Panel 2: Cities as Partners of the LGBTIQ Movement

Juan Carlos Alonso Reguero, WorldPride Madrid

Panel discussion with
Juan Carlos Alonso Reguero, WorldPride Madrid
Berta Cao Menendez, Commissioner of the Madrid City Council for Pride
Henrie Dennis, Afro Rainbows Austria and EL*C
Rachael Moore, Rainbow House Brussels
Wolfgang Wilhelm, WASt & Rainbow City Vienna

13.00 Lunch

14.30 Panel 3: How Neoliberal is Diversity?

Panel discussion with
Jonathan Blake, Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners LGSM
Candy Licious, Drag Queen and Political Activist, Vienna
Elisabeth Holzleithner, Professor of Legal Philosophy and Legal Gender Studies, University of Vienna

15.30 Panel 4: Obstacles to Self-Determination for Trans and Intersex Persons
Panel hosted by Malta Tourism

Silvan Agius, Director, Human Rights and Integration Directorate, Ministry for Social Dialogue, Malta

Panel discussion with
Silvan Agius, Director Human Rights & Integration, Malta
Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos, Scientific Adviser at EU Fundamental Rights Agency
Tinou Ponzer, Verein intergeschlechtlicher Menschen Österreich VIMÖ Austria
Tessa Ganserer, Member of State Parliament, Bavaria, Germany
Hanne Gaby Odiele, Model and Intersex Activist, Belgium

16.30 Panel discussion: Old and new conflict lines: Religions and LGBTIQ

Lior Bar-Ami, Rabbi of the Liberal Jewish Community Or Chadasch, Vienna
Seyran Ates, Lawyer, Writer, Founder Liberal Ibn Rushd-Goethe Mosque, Berlin
Michael Kuhn, Senior Adviser of the Commission of the EU Bishops‘ Conferences, Brussels
Stefan Schröckenfuchs, District Superintendent, United Methodist Church, Vienna

17.30 Summary of the Day

Ulrike Lunacek, EuroPride Vienna Ambassador

18.00 End of Day


Tessa Prager (NEWS Weekly Magazine)
Philipp Pertl (Moderator)

Community & Workshops

Friday, June 14, 2019
University of Vienna

9.00-10.30 Workshops A

Workshop A1: Intersectionality and Disabilities

Florian Wibmer, WASt Vienna

Workshop A2: Social Media for LGBTIQ activism

Gazal Köpf, Social Media Expert, BigCityDykes

Workshop A3: Using Research for Advocacy and Activism

Juul van Hoof, FRA

10.45-12.15 Workshops B

Workshop B1: Fight Like a Dyke! Lesbian Politics, Genius and Feminism in the LGBTIQ Community

Anastasia Danilova, EL*C EuroCentralAsian Lesbian* Community
Leila Lohman, EL*C EuroCentralAsian Lesbian* Community
Ulrike Lunacek, former European Parliament Vice-President and LGBTI Intergroup Co-Chair

Workshop B2: Fundraising for LGBTIQ activism

Juan-Carlos Alonso Reguero, WorldPride Madrid

Workshop B3: Sex, Marriage, Victimhood: Queer Identity Today (German)

Ralf König

12.30-14.00 Workshops C

Workshop C1: LGBTIQ Activism and the Legal Situation in the EU

Bernhard Ledinski, Queer Amnesty Austria
Terry Reintke, MEP, Co-Chair LGBTI-Intergroup, European Parliament (tbc)

Workshop C2: Fighting the Backlash

Henrie Dennis, Afro Rainbow Austria & EL*C
Rachel Moore, Rainbow House Brussels

Workshop C3: A Path to an LGBTIQ-Friendly Education System
Hosted by queer@hochschulen and Ausgesprochen!, Austria

Elly Barnes, Educate and Celebrate, UK


Besides regular tickets, we offer reduced and free tickets.

Free tickets

as long as spots are available (with ID or some other documentation):

  • students and apprentices (up to 27 years of age)
  • conscript or civilian servant
  • pensioner, or receiving social welfare benefits
  • refugees (whether in the process of seeking asylum or already accepted)
  • personal assistant to a disabled person who has already got a ticket
  • members of HOSI Wien
  • members of organisations that are members of EPOA
  • members of organisations that are members of ILGA

Reduced Tickets

for members of the following organisations (with ID or some other documentation):

Beratungsstelle Courage
East meets West
GayCops Austria
Go West
HOSI Salzburg
HOSI Tirol

Queer Oberösterreich
Rosa Lila PantherInnen
Tabera + TMA
visiBi*lity Austria
all Austrian AIDS-Hilfen

1-day ticket


June 12 or 13


1-day ticket


June 12 or 13


1-day ticket


June 12 or 13


1-day ticket


June 14


1-day ticket


June 14


1-day ticket


June 14


3-day Ticket


June 12 to 14


3-day Ticket


June 12 to 14


All prices already include VAT.

If your organisation has a special request, please let us know at!

We say thank you to the great supporters of the EuroPride Conference 2019

5th International East Meets West Conference

Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling

The Business world remains the ultimate glass ceiling the LGBTI community needs to break through. Despite business being the biggest influencer of social change, by now we all only scratched the surface of its potential. The Conference will tell how to break through this final barrier, this ultimate glass ceiling. The international Conference is the Signature event of East meets West and welcomes people from over 20 European countries and overseas delegations. The agenda is filled with a variety of topics, treated by international speakers who will not only cover specific subjects but gradually they will lead you to a better understanding of the Conference’s theme. It will become clear how also you can also contribute to giving the LGBTI business community the push to get their rightful part of the total business cake. And finally, East meets West will share with you their own model on how to ’Break through the glass ceiling’.

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