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No Changes on Gender Reassignment in Lithuania, New Government Says

The Vilnius City District Court will have to rule on absent legal gender recognition procedure in Lithuania. On December 22nd, 2016 two transgender men – T.K. and M.V. – lodged a legal complaint with the view of obtaining legal gender recognition without undergoing the compulsory gender reassignment surgery. The newly appointed Government is skeptical about
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Two Transgender Men Seek Legal Gender Recognition before Lithuanian Courts

On December 22nd, 2016 two transgender men – T.K. and M.V. – lodged a legal complaint before the Vilnius City District Court with the view of obtaining legal gender recognition without undergoing the compulsory gender reassignment surgery. The applicants claim that non-existent gender reassignment procedure in Lithuania violates their constitutional right to respect for private
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Lithuania‘s Refusal to Issue Residency Permit to Same-Sex Spouse will be Considered by the Constitutional Court

On December 5th, 2016 the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania ruled that the case regarding the Lithuanian Migration Department‘s refusal to issue a temporary residence permit to a Belarusian man, who is married to his Lithuanian same-sex partner under the Danish law, will be referred to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania. The
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2016: Top 10 Most Memorable Activities of LGL

1. Baltic Pride 2016 March for Equality On 18th June, 2016 a crowd of 3000 Lithuanian LGBT* community members and their allies participated in the March for Equality on the central avenue in the downtown of Vilnius to celebrate the Baltic Pride 2016, the most important LGBT* community event in the Baltic states, organized by
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Commission ‘Shockingly Passive’ on LGBT* Rights in Lithuania

On December 5th, 2016 the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBTI Rights has addressed the European Commission regarding its “shockingly passive” position on clear discrimination against LGBT* people in Lithuania. On November 7th, 2016 the European Commission informed the National LGBT* rights organization LGL that it would take no action over a 2013 law that claims
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Sri Lanka Just Took a Decision on Whether to Legalise Homosexuality

Sri Lanka’s top politicians have taken a decision on legalising homosexuality. The cabinet met yesterday to discuss proposals to decriminalise same-sex acts. Currently same-sex acts, by a person of any gender, are illegal under Sri Lankan law. Households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for any the protection given to married couples. Some private

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Nominate your candidates for the Rainbow Appreciation Award 2016!

The Office of Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson and the National Equality and Diversity Forum are organizing the fourth annual National Equality and Diversity Awards. The Awards will honor persons, organizations, projects and initiatives which contributed to the promotion and advancement of equality and diversity in Lithuania in 2016. We invite everyone to present nominations for all

INDIO, CA - APRIL 19:  Musician Antony Hegarty from the band Antony and the Johnsons performs during day three of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2009 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 19, 2009 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Trans Artist Anohni Nominated for Best British Female Brit Award

Transgender artist Anohni has been nominated for a Best British Female at the BRIT Awards for the album ‘Hopelessness’. The nomination comes 11 years after the artist was nominated for the 2006 Best British Male for her work prior transitioning as Antony Hegarty in Antony and the Johnsons. The 45-year-old said that she had recognised

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First American Has ‘Intersex’ Printed on Birth Certificate

‘There’s a power in knowing who you really are.’ Sara Kelly Keenan is the first person in the United States to have an ‘intersex’ birth certificate. The 55-year-old who was born genetically male with female genitalia and a mixed reproductive anatomy only found out about the truth about herself in 2009, at age 48. In

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Haters Helped the Polish Gay Couple Gain Permission to Marry in Portugal

A Polish couple who received death threats on their coming out video are getting a sweet taste of revenge, as their haters have made their dreams of marriage a reality. Polish TV presenter and journalist Jakub Kwieciński and his partner David have been granted special permission to get married in Madeira, Portugal. The couple had

Every Tenth Supports Same-Sex Partnership in Lithuania

In the course of four years only a very slight change in Lithuanian citizens’ attitude towards the introduction of same-sex civil partnership in Lithuania was recorded by a public poll commissioned by the Lithuanian Chamber of Notaries. According to the poll, only 11 % of Lithuanians support the introduction of same-sex civil partnership in Lithuania,

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Barack Obama closes the book on his presidency, with a farewell speech in Chicago that will try to lift supporters shaken by Donald Trump's shock election. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama’s Final Speech: US Must Battle for LGBT Equality Around the World

Outgoing President Barack Obama has delivered a passionate call for equality in his farewell speech. The Democrat, elected President in 2008 and re-elected in 2012, has been a proud supporter of LGBT rights, leading a quiet revolution on equality in the US and around the world. He is set to leave power on January 20,

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IBM Launches New Rainbow Brand Logo in Support of LGBT Community

‘We strongly oppose discrimination of any kind toward anyone’. IBM, a longtime supporter and ally of the LGBT community, is affirming its commitment to diversity, acceptance and inclusion with a new rainbow color brand logo. Chief Diversity Officer, Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, says that the new symbol represents IBM’s ongoing push for equal opportunity for all their employees and

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California Bans State Funded Travel to Anti-gay US States

Any anti-gay laws enacted in US states after 29 June 2015 will be subject to a complete ban. From the start of this year, California has banned state-sanctioned travel to US states that have enacted anti-gay laws since 29 June 2015. Assembly Bill 1887, sponsored by Equality California and the National Center for Lesbian Rights,

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First Transgender Prisoner Has Gender Reassignment Surgery

A transgender prisoner in California underwent gender-reassignment surgery paid for by the state this week, a first case of its kind in America. Shiloh Quine was promised that the state would pay for the procedure in 2015 after a settlement was made which stated that the US must offer treatment. Under its terms, the state

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Homophobic Rhetoric Broadcasted on Lithuania’s National Television

On January 9th, 2016 homophobic rhetoric was aired on Lithuania’s national television “LRT”. During a TV show “Good Morning, Lithuania” a journalist inquired people on the streets of Vilnius about their view on Eurovision song contest. One interviewee declared that it is “a meeting of European pederasts”. Although the reportage has been edited, the expression

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Kurdish Group Launches Pro-LGBT Human Rights Campaign

A Kurdish advocacy organization has launched an LGBT-inclusive human rights campaign. The Rasan Organization on Nov. 25 began to paint murals on the walls of three high schools in Sulaymaniyah, a city in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Staffers and volunteers of the Sulaymaniyah-based organization painted the murals with the help of a