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“Rainbow Days” 2017: Celebrate Diversity!

The “Rainbow Days” festival is back! The festival will take place on 9th-23rd May, 2017 in Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda. This year the “Rainbow Days” festival, organized by the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, will surprise you with the widest selection of events. Our celebrations of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT)
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Baltic Pride 2016 Wins the National ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ Award

On March 29th, 2017 the Baltic Pride 2016 March for Equality was awarded with the ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ Award during the ceremony of the National Equality and Diversity Awards 2016, held in the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania in Vilnius. The Baltic Pride 2016 March for Equality, organized by the National LGBT*
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Lithuanian Minister of Health: Gender Reassignment Legislation Is A Challenge

On March 23rd, 2017 the Government of the Republic of Lithuania placed two Lithuanian ministries, i.e. the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Justice, under obligation to prepare legal acts that would enable gender reassignment procedure in Lithuania. Aurelijus Veryga, the Minister of Health of the Republic of Lithuania, claims that it will be
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Lithuanian Ministries under Obligation to Prepare Draft Bill on Gender Reassignment

On March 23rd, 2017 the Government of the Republic of Lithuania placed two Lithuanian ministries under obligation to prepare legal acts that would enable gender reassignment procedure in Lithuania. The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Justice were required to submit the draft proposals on “providing treatment for persons with gender identity disorder” by
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Three Homophobic Legislative Initiatives In Lithuanian Parliament’s Spring Agenda

Lithuanian Parliament adopted it’s work agenda, preparing to debate on three legislative amendments and legislative initiatives that seek to restrict LGBT rights as well as the international commitments to uphold freedom of expression and to fight discrimination. The infamous amendment (XIIP-1217) to Article 38 of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania stating that “family
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Far-right French politician Marine Le Pen, who has pledged to abolish same-sex marriage, to is tipped to do well in the first round of the country’s Presidential election this week. France is set to go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new President to replace outgoing Socialist François Hollande. From the crowded field

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Strasbourg Court: Forced Sterilisation Trans People Violates Human Rights

Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that requiring trans people to undergo sterilisation in order to have their gender recognised, violates human rights. In the case A.P. and Others v. France, three transgender people attempted to change the entries on their sex and forenames on their birth certificates, and were refused so

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LGL Representatives Participated in Meeting with The Department of Youth Affairs

On 14th of April, representatives of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL  visited The Department of Youth Affairs under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour (JRD). Durint the meeting with deputy director Juozas Meldžiukas and head of youth policy development and program implementation division Valda Karnickaitė wes presented new reasearch about LGBT* youth issues.

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Hundreds of LGBT activists gathered outside the Russian Embassy in London yesterday to protest the detention of gay men in ‘concentration camps’ in Chechnya. They carried placards saying “LGBT+ rights are human rights,”Queer lives matter, close the camps” and a tuba demanding that Prime Minister Theresa May speak out against concentration camps. Lord Waheed Alli,

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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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“Rainbow Days” 2017: Celebrate Diversity!

The “Rainbow Days” festival is back! The festival will take place on 9th-23rd May, 2017 in Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda. This year the “Rainbow Days” festival, organized by the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, will surprise you with the widest selection of events. Our celebrations of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT)

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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

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On April 1, 2017 a Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta published an article reporting about an arbitrary detention, torture and killing of gay and bisexual men on a mass scale in Chechnya (Russian Federation). The national LGBT* rights organization LGL together with the international human rights community has expressed a deep concern about the current situation

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LGL’s Volunteer Giordano: My Experience in Documenting the Award Ceremony

The ceremony of the National Equality and Diversity Awards 2016 took place at the beautiful Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania on the evening of 29th March 2017. Many people attended this big and important event, ready to celebrate equality for everybody beyond sexuality, religion or disability. As a volunteer and photographer of the