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Five Homophobic Bills Listed in Lithuanian Parliament’s Autumn Agenda

On September 14th the Lithuanian Parliament adopted its autumn agenda, preparing to debate on five legislative amendments and legislative initiatives that seek to restrict and openly violate LGBT rights as well as the international commitments to uphold freedom of expression and to fight discrimination. First, there is the infamous Article 38 of the Constitution of
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The Conservatives Support Same-Sex Partnerships in Lithuania?

The candidates to Lithuanian Seimas felt the need to speak about tolerance and human rights prior to the upcoming election to the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania. Gabrielius Landsbergis, MEP and the Chairman of the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats party, expressed his support for same-sex partnerships during the discussion, organized by youth
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LGL presents new publication on experiences by transgender individuals in the Lithuanian labor market

The National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL presents its brand new publication “#TRANS_LT: Documenting Experiences of Transgender People in Employment”. The summary of information collected throughout ten interviews with the members of the local transgender community clearly indicates that transgender people in Lithuania encounter numerous instances of discrimination and harassment at work. The presented publication seeks
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Lithuanian Government Pushes Opposite-Sex Partnership Bill

On August 11th, 2016 the Government of the Republic of Lithuania gave approval to the changes proposed by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania to the Civil Code of the Republic of Lithuania which would legalize civil partnership of opposite-sex couples and further exclude same-sex couples from legal recognition of same-sex relationships.
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Lithuanian Parliament Proceeds with Banning Same-Sex Couples from Constitutional Concept of Family Life

On June 28th, 2016 the Lithuanian Parliament voted in favor of the constitutional amendment, which seeks to eliminate same-sex couples from the ambit of the constitutional concept of family life. 74 MPs voted in favor of the constitutional amendment, 19 MPs voted against and 20 MPs abstained. This vote implicates that no sooner than in
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Scottish LGBTIs to expect more governmental protection from hate crime

LGBTI people in Scotland may expect more governmental protection from hate crime, according to a report released last Friday by the country’s Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime, Prejudice and Community Cohesion. The group, which was established by Scottish ministers in 2015 to advise on the current state of these issues in Scotland, and to make practical suggestions for

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To remind of the unity and the fun we had during Baltic Pride in June 2016 and create more wonderful memories, the National LGBT Rights Organization LGL organized the Baltic Pride Déjà vu Party that took place on September 24th 2016. The party was hosted by a cozy jazz bar Paviljonas, hidden amongst the trees

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European Parliament urges Tunisia to decriminalise homosexuality

In a vote on EU – Tunisia relations, the European Parliament has urged Tunisia to decriminalise homosexuality. Currently, Article 230 of the Penal Code foresees three years imprisonment for ‘sodomy’. Over the past year a dozen of people have been arrested under this law. This stands in stark contrast with 2014 Constitution, which has been

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Five Homophobic Bills Listed in Lithuanian Parliament’s Autumn Agenda

On September 14th the Lithuanian Parliament adopted its autumn agenda, preparing to debate on five legislative amendments and legislative initiatives that seek to restrict and openly violate LGBT rights as well as the international commitments to uphold freedom of expression and to fight discrimination. First, there is the infamous Article 38 of the Constitution of

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LGBT Centre Hosted Annual LGL Members Meeting

On September 24th, 2016 the LGBT* centre hosted an Annual LGL Member Meeting. Narrative and financial LGL reports for 2015 and other organizational questions were discussed during the Annual LGL Member Meeting. During the Annual LGL Member Meeting Vladimir Simonko, Executive Director of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, presented activities and projects implemented in

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Trans couple make history after giving birth to baby

A South American couple, both of whom are trans, have made history by giving birth to their first child. This is the first baby to born to transgender parents in South America. Fernando Machado and Diane Rodriguez grew up in Ecuador, and met online, they told the BBC. ‘We are the same as other families.

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European Parliament calls for further protection LGBTI people at work

In a report on the implementation of the EU’s Employment Equality Directive, the European parliament has called for further measures to improve the protection of LGBTI people at the work floor, and beyond. The Directive, which was adopted in 2001, bans discrimination on the basis of age, (dis)ability, sexual orientation and religion and belief, in

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The Conservatives Support Same-Sex Partnerships in Lithuania?

The candidates to Lithuanian Seimas felt the need to speak about tolerance and human rights prior to the upcoming election to the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania. Gabrielius Landsbergis, MEP and the Chairman of the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats party, expressed his support for same-sex partnerships during the discussion, organized by youth

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Trans man becomes first person to seek gender surgery in United Arab Emirates

This would be the first legal case of gender reassignment surgery in United Arab Emirates history. A trans Emirati man is petitioning the Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance for permission to have gender assignment surgery. The 29-year-old is the first person in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) legal history to bring a case of

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Guernsey officially approves same-sex marriage

Guernsey has officially approved same-sex couples to marry on 21 September. Members of the States has voted 33 to 5 to legalize same-sex marriage. Until today, the Channel island was one of the only places in the UK that did not allow either civil partnerships or same-sex marriage. In June 2015, Guernsey launched a consultation

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Earlier this month National LGBT rights organization LGL, together with a team of experts conducted a series of trainings on homophobic and transphobic hate crimes to the students of the Lithuanian Police School.  Such trainings for the Lithuanian law enforcement that would exclusively deal with the victimization of LGBT* persons have been organized for the

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 20: U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, September 20, 2016 in New York City. According to the UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon, the most pressing matter to be discussed at the General Assembly is the world's refugee crisis. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Obama condemns anti-LGBT violence in final United Nations speech as US President

President Barack Obama has made his last ever United Nations speech as US President and used it to condemn anti-LGBT violence. In the speech at the UN, President Obama warned US voters against embracing isolationism and ultra-nationalism in November’s Presidential election. He also warned against discriminating against minority groups, saying: “I do not believe progress