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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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Unity triumphed at the Baltic Pride Park Concert

After the Baltic Pride 2016 March for Equality, which took place on Gediminas Avenue on June 18th, all LGBT* community members and friends were invited to the art factory LOFTAS for a delightful Baltic Pride Park Concert. Baltic Pride Park Concert featured the legendary winner of the Eurovision Song Contest Dana International, who is well
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Vilnius Celebrated Baltic Pride 2016

On 18th June, 2016 a crowd of 3000 Lithuanian LGBT* community members and their allies participated in the March for Equality on the central avenue in the downtown of Vilnius to celebrate the Baltic Pride 2016, the most important LGBT* (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community event in the Baltic states, organized by the National
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Supporters of the Local LGBT* Community Attended the “Baltic Pride” 2016 Gala Dinner

Supporters of Baltic Pride 2016 had an opportunity to take part in an exceptional gala dinner, and enjoy a delicious three-course menu alongside first class entertainment. The host, comedian Paulius Ambrazevičius, lead the participants through the evening, which included extraordinary performances by La Diva Live (Belgium) and Ruslanas Kirilkinas (Lithuania), introductions from LGBT* activists, and
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LGL invited to International Baltic Pride 2016 Human Rights Conference

The National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL invited to the one-day international human rights conference “Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships: Emerging International Consensus and Local Opportunities”, which has been organized within the framework of the Baltic Pride 2016 events on 17 June 2016. It was organized with the view of discussing the international and European movement
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A gay imam, fighting for tolerance

Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed has dedicated his life to fighting against those who believe Islam and homosexuality are incompatible. It’s an uphill struggle and risky, as Naomi Conrad reports. When his mother told him that she no longer thought he was sick and weak, degenerate even, Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed says he felt dizzy, too shocked to feel any

ELKHART, IN - JUNE 01:  President Barack Obama speaks at Concord Community High School on June 1, 2016 in Elkhart, Indiana. Obama returned to the school, which he visited more than seven years ago, to highlight economic progress made during his administration.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Obama celebrates equal marriage in last DNC speech as US President

Barack Obama has celebrated same-sex marriage in his last ever Democratic National Convention (DNC) speech as President of the United States. Speaking at the convention, Mr Obama also said he felt his administration had brought together people regardless of gender, sexual orientation or race. He said: “We put policies in place to help students with

LGBT rights activist Sarah McBride and co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney of New York acknowledge applause at the end of their address on the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   / AFP / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

‘My name is Sarah McBride, and I am a proud transgender American!’ A major historical milestone was made for the transgender community as trans woman Sarah McBride took to the stage to address the crowd at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday. The 25-year-old is the first ever openly trans person to speak

Geneva, SWITZERLAND:  The flag of the World Health Organization (WHO) flies at half mast in front of the WHO headquarters in Geneva 22 May 2006 as mark of respect for WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wook, who died earlier in the day.   AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI  (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is facing renewed calls to remove transgender identity from its list of mental health disorders. A study published in the Lancet says the WHO needs to stop incorrectly classifying trans identity. It suggests that the classification has led to discrimination, difficult legal statuses and obstacles to healthcare for trans people.

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Lithuanian constitutional amendment condemned by Council of Europe

Yoomi Renström: “Lithuanian constitutional amendment proposal to ban same-sex couples from the concept of family life is a step back from Europe’s promise to protect the rights of LGBT people.” Congress rapporteur for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT), Yoomi Renström (Sweden), condemned the vote taken in June in the Lithuanian

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Baltimore shows its Pride despite heat

As Baltimore Pride’s rainbow-hued parade meandered along Charles Street in the Mount Vernon neighborhood under a blazing cloudless sky, Reginald Morris remarked, “More people should come, it’s a fun day.”  The Baltimore resident received his wish as an estimated 10,000 sweat-drenched souls braved blistering heat to view more than 100 units marching in the parade

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Cleveland mayor signs transgender rights bill

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson on Friday signed a bill that expands his city’s nondiscrimination law. Jackson signed Ordinance 1466-13, which amends Cleveland’s anti-LGBT discrimination law to prohibit businesses from banning their employees and customers to use restrooms that are consistent with their gender identity, during a ceremony at Cleveland City Hall. Equality Ohio

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Drag workshop took place in LGL community center!

After plenty of serious workshops, it was time to do something “less professional”! The workshop started with a name game that permitted to put participants at their ease, and of course to know each other a bit. Then a power point presentation took place and two guys worked on it, indeed it was divided into

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JUNE 21: Israeli gay activists fill a downtown street during the gay pride parade June 21, 2007 in Jerusalem. Some 3,500 people marched about 500 meters down a central Jerusalem street in the much-contested parade as about 8,000 Israeli police protected them from threats by ultra-Orthodox Jews to disrupt the march. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)

Thousands attend Jerusalem Pride, despite fears of repeat attack

This year’s parade is being dedicated to the memory of Shira Banki, the 16-year-old girl who was murdered by anti-gay religious extremist Yishai Schlissel during last year’s march. In an open letter earlier this month, Banki’s parents urged the whole Jerusalem community to come forward and march in solidarity at this year’s Pride. A survivor of

Indian members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community take part in a pride parade, calling for freedom from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, in Chennai on June 26, 2016. / AFP / ARUN SANKAR        (Photo credit should read ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Indian Government approves law to protect and empower transgender people

The Transgender Person (Protection of Rights) Bill 2016 was approved by the Union Cabinet, and which aims to protect the social, economic and educational right of trans people. The bill was passed under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It should benefit a large number of trans people in India, and was passed partly

A Romanian woman holds an Orthodox icon as she marches with Romanian flag during a protest against incoming Gay Pride in Bucharest on June 8, 2013. Around 300 activists from far-right organizations and Christian orthodox people gather in a protest against homosexuality toward the center of the city as Romania's homosexual community will take to the streets for a Gay Pride parade on Saturday. A controversial amendment to the constitution banning same-sex marriage threatens to overshadow the event. Romanian lawmakers are currently discussing a constitutional amendment restricting the legal definition of marriage to a "union between a man and a woman".The article was proposed by the dominant Orthodox Church and accepted by a parliamentary committee tasked with amending the 1991 constitution. AFP PHOTO DANIEL MIHAILESCU        (Photo credit should read DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)

Romania just took a major step back in gay rights

Romania’s Constitutional Court has taken a huge step back in gay rights after the Orthodox Church was successful in its homophobic campaign. While it currently has protection laws in place for LGBTI people, that could all change after the Constitutional Court has given way to legislation that could lead to same-sex marriage and civil unions

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UN Human Rights Council votes for independent expert on LGBT discrimination

In a 23 against 18 vote (6 abstentions)*, the United Nations Human Rights council voted in favour of a resolution condemning violence discrimination against people on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution establishes the new position of an independent expert, whose role it will be to assess the implementation of