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
The Rainbow Cities Network is in the process of reshaping its structure due to the absence of structural funding. Since this restructuring process is quite complicated and time-consuming, the network has decided to put all new membership applications on hold, for the time being. It is expected that the process will be finalised during the course of 2018.