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LGL Annual Report for 2016 Now Available Online

The National LGBT* rights organization LGL is proud to announce the annual report for 2016. Transparency and independence from any political or financial interests are one of the most important goals for our organization in order to achieve effective inclusion and social integration of local LGBT* community. LGL’s annual report for 2016 comprehensively presents organization’s
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Controversial Statements on Homosexuality by Lithuanian MP Debated in Council of Europe

Controversial statements by the Lithuanian MP Agnė Širinskienė, Chair of the Committee on Health Affairs of Seimas and the member of the Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union Party, are being debated in the Council of Europe. Being familiar with the MP’s claims that „homosexuality is not an innate trait, but a decision to perform homosexual
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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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Access to Registered Same-sex Partnerships: It’s a Question of Equality

There is a growing trend in Europe and beyond towards granting same-sex couples legal recognition for their relationships, which confers certain specific protections. The first country to provide “registered partnerships” was Denmark in 1989, while The Netherlands was first to adopt same-sex marriage in 2001. Today, 47 countries in the world, 27 of which are

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Students from Vilnius University visited LGBT* centre

On 20th of February, 2017 students from Vilnius University, Faculty of Communication, visited LGBT* centre. In the beginning of the meeting, students shortly introduced themselves and spoke about their interests. Moreover, students shared their knowledge about LGBT* human rights issues. Some have admitted that they know at least one LGBT* person in their close environment,

WEST HOLLYWOOD, UNITED STATES:  A wedding cake featuring two grooms and two brides is on display at a local restaurant as part of the preparations for a mass gay wedding in West Hollywood, CA 01 June 2004.  Some one hundred gay and lesbian couples tied nots in a ceremony performed by West Hollywood Mayor John Duran. Although simbolic, the ceremony was organized as part of a campaign organized by Duran and other non profit organizations in an effort to change California laws and allow same sex couples to get marriage licenses.      AFP PHOTO / HECTOR MATA  (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)

Finnish Parliament Votes Down Efforts to Reverse Equal Marriage

Finland’s Parliament has voted down efforts to scupper plans for same-sex marriage to become legal just days before it is set to become law. In November 2014, the Finnish Parliament passed a citizens’ initiative on gender-neutral marriage by a tight vote of 105-92, after a number of previous defeats. The country’s President Sauli Niinistö signed marriage

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First Gay Couple Cleared to Adopt In the Czech Republic

Everything is now in place for the men at the center of last year’s discrimination suit to proceed with an adoption. Last June saw a major victory for the Czech gay and lesbian community when a discriminatory provision in the Registered Partnership Act was annulled in the country’s Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic. The

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In a key vote on gender equality in mental health, the European Parliament has urged for stronger action on trans and intersex people’s mental health. The Parliament deplores that transgender people are still considered mentally ill, and highlights that this diagnoses “is a source of significant distress for transgender persons”. It adds that “every child

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Thousands of UK Men Posthumously Pardoned for Historic Gay Sex Crimes

Thousands of gay and bisexual men were posthumously pardoned for historic gay sex crimes last month on January 31, 2017. The Policing and Crime Bill, known as ‘Turing’s Law’, gives pardons to anyone who has died with a crime on their record but only if it would not be considered a crime today. ‘This is

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Science Proved Why Trans Kids Need to Be Themselves

A new study has revealed the benefits of letting transgender kids be themselves. Mental health issues such as depression and anxiety are far higher among trans people than cisgendered, especially among children. But now a study has explained in science why letting trans kids just be themselves is better for them. The new study, published

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Norway Could Introduce a Third Gender Option on Passports

The Norwegian Labour Party has proposed that it could introduce a third gender option on passports. The party proposed that the third option, ‘hen’ could be introduced for those who do not identify as male or female. The AP wrote in its draft policies for 2017-2021, that it would consider introducing the third gender option.

LGL Became a Member of Volonteurope

On February, 2017 the national LGBT* rights organisation LGL became a member of Volonteurope, an international network promoting the values and principles of volunteering, active citizenship and social justice at local, regional, national and European level, both in the Member States of the European Union and the Council of Europe. On this occasion Diana Rabikauskaitė,

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Chilean President to Promote Marriage Bill Debate

The Chilean government has formally begun the long-delayed process through which citizens can debate a proposed marriage equality bill. President Michelle Bachelet made the announcement on Jan. 20 at La Moneda Palace, fulfilling one of her most long-awaited campaign promises she made before she was elected president for a second term in 2013: The beginning

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Workshop on Sexism in Music Held in LGL`s Community Center

On January 26, 2017 LGL`s community centre held the workshop ‘You’re pretty good… for a girl.’, where around 20 people gathered to learn and discuss about feminism and sexism in the context of music industry. You may be thinking… do we really need to talk about this? It’s 2017, we’re over this! And the short

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LGL Annual Report for 2016 Now Available Online

The National LGBT* rights organization LGL is proud to announce the annual report for 2016. Transparency and independence from any political or financial interests are one of the most important goals for our organization in order to achieve effective inclusion and social integration of local LGBT* community. LGL’s annual report for 2016 comprehensively presents organization’s