Lietuvos gėjų lyga (LGL)

Kicking off 2018!

We official kicked off the year at LGL, with our first community event – Volunteers Welcome Party + Queer Agenda 2018! With a good turnout, a nice age range and people from different countries, the event started by having everyone present themselves and getting to know each other. Our EVS volunteers followed, with a more

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EVS Volunteer Arnold: My first impressions in Vilnius

It has already been five weeks since my arrival in Vilnius. In the meantime, I acclimatised to the seemingly unwelcoming Lithuanian atmosphere and I am gradually getting used to the myriad of unsmiling and unfriendly faces in the streets and shops. I would even say I feel comfortable calling the piece of socialist architecture where

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Two police raids in LGBT* community gathering places reported this weekend in Minsk

Human rights groups and Belarusian independent media are currently reporting that police raids took place in two clubs frequented by the Minsk LGBT* community on October 21st. “It all happened around midnight,” recalls a witness who was in one of the LGBT* venues, club Burlesque, on on the night from Friday to Saturday when the

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Four Homophobic Legislative Initiatives on Lithuanian Parliament’s Autumn Agenda

Returning to the 3rd regular session Lithuanian Parliament preparing is preparing to debate on four legislative amendments and legislative initiatives that would restrict LGBT rights. Even though a certain progress may be observed, as legislative initiatives clearly infringing upon freedoms of association and expression have not been registered, the proposed amendment to the Constitution, Law

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LGBT human rights activists from Belarus, Norway and Lithuania meet in Vilnius

The meeting, together with partners from Lithuanian Center for Human Rights and National LGBT rights organization LGL, was dedicated to strengthen networking and cooperation among civil society representatives from Belarus, Norway and  Lithuanian in the framework of the project „Sharing Expertise and Fostering LGBT Human Rights in Belarus“. Representatives of civil society from Belarus had

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European Court: Forced Sterilization of Trans People Violates Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 ruled the forced sterilization of transgender people who are seeking legal recognition of their gender identity violates their human rights. The court, which is in the French city of Strasbourg, issued the ruling in three separate cases that trans people filed against France. Transgender

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Dutch Men Hold Hands Against Anti-LGBT Violence

A married couple was attacked by a group of young men while holding hands at night in the city of Arnhem. Straight Dutch men have launched a campaign to hold hands in solidarity. From politicians to police to priests, heterosexual men from the Netherlands have been showing their opposition to anti-LGBT violence by holding hands

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LGL`s Volunteers Commemorated International Transgender Visibility Day

International Transgender Visibility Day is celebrated worldwide on March 31st . On that occasion, LGL`s EVS volunteer Veronika from Slovakia took an iniciative and prepared a non-formal educational workshop on trans* human rights that took place in LGBT* community centre on Thursday, April 6, 2017. “I started to be interested in trans* human rights after

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Airbnb Launches Inspirational Marriage Equality Campaign

Airbnb has launched an inspiring campaign for marriage equality in Australia. The multi-billion-pound company is asking Australians to wear a black ring until same-sex marriage is legal in the country – but there’s a catch. The ring is incomplete, symbolising the gap in equality legislation which needs to be filled by legalising same-sex marriage. Airbnb

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Same-sex Marriage Could Come to Panama if Activists Win Legal Fight

Same-sex marriage could be coming to Panama if LGBTI activists win a legal fight with the Supreme Court of Justice. Álvaro José López Levy is hoping for the Central American country’s highest court to agree to change the legal definition of marriage to include same-sex couples. Article 26 of the Family Code currently defines marriage as