Member cities are represented by policy officers (staff members of the city administration), so not by political representatives or NGO’s. The network is an active peer-to-peer network, focused on the exchange of good practices and practical approaches on local policies and legislation, on cooperation with NGO’s and sharing of (educational) materials. These policy officers generally work in social development offices, equality or diversity departments or municipal LGBTI) offices.
The preconditions for becoming a member:
- An active LGBTI (inclusive) policy within a city
- A responsible policy officer on this topic, who can and will represent the city in the network and the annual meeting
- A complete membership application (see below)
- Attendance of the responsible policy maker at the annual meetings;
- Active participation on the mailing list and sharing of good practices/materials via the mailing list and the quarterly newsletter.
The application process:
- Signing the Memorandum of Understanding (pdf), by the (Deputy) Mayor or a designated Alderman
- Filling out the one pager template, containing the details of your LGBTI (inclusive) policies, updated annually
- Provision of information for the rainbowcities.com website, via a template
- The above-mentioned documents should be sent to the coordinator by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), together with a short email explaining the motivation to become a member
- The coordinator will send the application to the members and they will have 3 weeks to respond, or to ask additional questions
- After 3 weeks, the coordinator will either confirm or deny membership, based on the response by the network members
- After confirmation, the designated administration staff member will receive all relevant internal documents, they will be added to the internal mailing list