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The International Lesbian Information Service (ILIS) was international organization with the purpose to foster international lesbian organizing. It was started within ILGA in 1980. Next year, at a separate lesbian conference arranged prior to the ILGA Turin conference, lesbian organizations decided that ILIS should be a separate organization.
ILIS arranged several international conferences. The activities seem to have gradually stopped in the late 1990s.
ILIS also published a newsletter. The publishing duties and the location of the ILIS Secretariat rotated as follows:
- ILIS cheap stencil service, Amsterdam 1980-81
- ILIS Newsletter, Helsinki 1981-83; Oslo 1984
- ILIS Bulletin, Geneva 1984-86
- ILIS Newsletter, Amsterdam 1987-1998
The five ILIS demands
ILIS was campaigning with these five basic demands:
- We have the unconditional right to control our own bodies.
- We have a right to education that is not sexist or heterosexist and which includes positive information about lesbian lifestyle.
- We need the right to self-organisation.
- All governments must repeal legislation which criminalizes us or discriminates against us.
- Therefore, all governments must pass human rights legislation to protect individuals against discrimination based on color, class, creed, sex and sexual preference.
Anderson, Shelley, Lesbian rights are human rights! Amsterdam: ILIS, 1995.
- "An international ego trip", ILIS Newsletter 13 (1983)
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