IMG_0079

On June 27th, Eglė Kuktoraitė, communications coordinator of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, participated in a meeting with representatives from the European Commission, as well as Google+, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube, at Facebook’s Dublin headquarters. During the meeting, representatives from several European non-governmental organizations currently monitoring hate speech on social media discussed problems

baltic pride bus 3

Together with the Association LGL to “BalticPride 2018” Parade in Riga

Join LGL on June 9th and come to one of the biggest LGBT* community events in the Baltic States with the specially reserved LGL bus. Let’s celebrate diversity and freedom together representing Lithuania while marching in the Baltic Pride 2018 parade in Riga under LGL’s flag together with a cool company: staff, volunteers and friends of

foto_0000000520170621164945

Canada and Chile co-chair Equal Rights Coalition

As strong advocates for human rights, Canada and Chile are committed to promoting and protecting LGBTI communities around the world. The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs; His Excellency (H.E.) Heraldo Muñoz Valenzuela, Chile’s Minister of Foreign Affairs; and Randy Boissonnault, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 issues, today announced Chile will

Trustlaw-report-screenshot-320x308

TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono service and IGLYO, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Queer & Intersex (LGBTQI) Youth & Student Organisation launch, ‘Expression Abridged: Legal Analysis of Anti-LGBT Propaganda Laws’ today. The report discusses in detail the various legislations aimed at banning LGBT ‘propaganda’ to minors which have been enacted or

2

Rainbow Rights Project Partners Met in Helsinki (Finland)

On March 7th, 2018 representatives of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL attended a Rainbow Rights: Promoting LGBTI Equality in Europe project steering committee meeting held in Helsinki (Finland). During the meeting, the project partners discussed forthcoming activities and events, shared ideas about how to make project activities more visible and reviewed project’s communication plan

1

Safety at School for Every Student: Possibility, or Utopia?

In Summer 2017, the National LGBT* rights organization LGL carried out an anonymous survey that gathered responses from 580 LGBT* high school students between the ages of 14 and 18. In their survey responses, the students revealed what is taught in Lithuanian schools and what LGBT* adolescents still in the process of discovering their sexual

ecom_logo

Research suggests a link between internalized homophobia and HIV testing

Source: GayPress.eu The Eurasian Coalition On Male Health (ECOM) has conducted a survey, which revealed that internalized homophobia may increase the risk of undetected HIV infection within the MSM population. The survey focused on determining the internalized homophobia and its impact on health and lives of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with

23172685_10155828873679650_1627043610659826299_n

LGL’s Executive Director re-elected to ILGA-Europe Board for the Second Term

On November 1-4, 2017 during the 21st Annual ILGA-Europe Conference, organized in Warsaw, LGL’s Executive Director Vladimir Simonko was re-elected to the organization’s Board for the period of 2018-2019. “I’m pleased that for the 2018-2019 term, Lithuania will remain visible with a representative on the Board of the international LGBTI organization,” commented the Executive Director

epa03810151 Young Israeli gay couple wearing an Arab Keffiyeh kiss during the annual Gay Pride parade at a main street in Jerusalem, Israel, 01 August 2013.  EPA/Abir Sultan

Activists are calling on foreign nations to oppose the bill before it’s too late. Egypt is set to enact one of the world’s most sweeping and extreme pieces of anti-LGBTQ legislation following a harsh crackdown on the local queer community. On Wednesday, member of parliament Ryad Abdel Sattar introduced a bill that would criminalize homosexuality

Intersex-Awareness-Day

Intersex Awareness Day: Commemorating the Intersex Version of Stonewall

Intersex Awareness Day commemorates what I call ‘intersex Stonewall.’ On 26 October 1996, two intersex activists were removed from the American Academy of Pediatrics Conference in Boston. They tried to address the conference to challenge the treatment of intersex children, which still includes surgeries and other unnecessary and irreversible intervention to ‘normalize’ their genitals. That

tajikistan

Tajikistan has created a list of homosexual people in a move which it called “Operation Purge”. Officials have drawn up a register of 367 gay and lesbian people, who they have intimated will be forced to undergo testing to avoid “the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases”. The list includes 319 gay men, 48 lesbians and no

california

California Becomes First State to Recognize Nonbinary Gender on Legal Documents

Governor Jerry Brown also signed three more bills aiding LGBTI Californians. On October 15, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 179, or the Gender Recognition Act. This bill adds nonbinary as a gender option on all state-issued IDs. The state legislature passed the bill last month. California isn’t the first state to offer a