By Gudrun Schultz

NEW YORK, United States, January 24, 2006 ( – The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) denied access yesterday to two international homosexual activist organizations seeking consultative status with the Council. Such status would give the organizations access to Council meetings and allow them to distribute material to members.

The two groups, the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) and the Danish Association of Gays and Lesbians work to enforce worldwide acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle.

ILGA gained consultative status with the ECOSOC in the summer of 1993 as a Non-Governmental Organization, but was suspended in 1994, after it was revealed that pro-paedophilia groups had membership within the organization. NAMBLA, the North American Man/Boy Love Association, which among other activities works to remove age of consent laws to allow sexual access to children, was associated with ILGA.

In 1985, nine years earlier, ILGA had passed a resolution stating, “young people have the right to sexual and social self-determination and …age of consent laws often operate to oppress and not to protect.”

Despite a vote by the organization to expel paedophilia groups, ILGA was not able to convince the UN to reinstate their status as consultative members.

ILGA attempted to regain status in 2000, and again in 2003, but were refused. Opposing members in the UN were reportedly not satisfied that ILGA had removed the groups in question from their organization because they refused to provide UN officials with a membership list of participating organizations. ILGA said revealing its membership list would threaten the safety of members from counties in which homosexual activity was criminalized.