About us

The European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA) is the network of European lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Pride organisations

Our history

We were founded in 1991 in London as a joint initiative of the Prides of Amsterdam, Berlin and London. Over the three decades that followed, EPOA has consistently grown and now has more than 90 member organisations in over 30 countries.

Our work today

We hold the rights to the trademark EuroPride and our purpose of EPOA is to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex Pride on a pan-European level and to empower and support local and national pride organisations in their efforts of planning and promoting Pride both as a celebration but also as a vital human rights movement. EPOA also works to facilitate networking and skill-sharing among members and we do this through our AGM and annual conference, and other trainings, seminars and webinars. We also advocate for the Pride movement at national and international level, including at the European Parliament.

How we are run

The Board runs the organisation year-round and makes sure that it stays financially solvent. The board also makes sure that the organisation is properly represented towards the media and other organisations and that the money is spent prudently and in line with the goals of EPOA. It reaches out to new organisations to encourage them to join and to come to the annual conference. The board also works closely with EuroPride organisers to help them manage and promote the event inside and outside of EPOA.

You can view the Board’s most recent Annual Report here.

EPOA is the European partner of InterPride, the international association of Pride organisers, and also works with and supports national Pride networks include CSD Deutschland in Germany, Svenska Pride in Sweden, and the UK Pride Organisers Network. We are full members of ILGA.

We are registered as an international non-profit association in Belgium. You can view our legal registration in Belgium in Dutch, English, French or German.

Our scope

Our geographic scope is huge: our members stretch from Tbilisi in the east to the Azores in the west; from Reykjavik in the north to Tenerife in the south.

Registered address

European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA) aisbl
Rue du Marché au Charbon 42
1000 Brussels

Whilst this is our registered address, it is always faster to contact us by email.