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Lithuanian Government refrains from commenting on the U.N. Security Council’s first LGBT meeting

The first-ever U.N. Security Council meeting on an LGBT-specific issue that took place on the 24th of August, 2015 focused on the Islamic State’s ongoing persecution of LGBT Syrians and Iraqis. The U.S. and Chile co-sponsored the closed-door, informal briefing that highlighted the Sunni militant group’s continued persecution of LGBT Syrians and Iraqis who live
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“Freedom House”: Lithuanian LGBT community remains discriminated

Non-governmental organization “Freedom House” in its report “Freedom in the World 2015” paid attention to LGBT rights issues. According to the annual report, LGBTI rights remain a polarizing and highly controversial issue. Deputies submitted several antigay bills in 2014. In particular, Rimantas Dagys of the TS-LKD and Petras Gražulis of the TT submitted several anti-gay
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LGL Appeals before the Strasbourg Human Rights Court

On August 13th, 2015 the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL applied before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) under violations of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) regarding limitations of access to available effective remedies against homophobic hate speech in Lithuania. An official complaint states that the Lithuanian authorities have violated the Convention
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Call for Photos: Investigating Domestic and Dating Violence against Lesbians and Transwomen

We call upon professional and amateur photographers who are willing to investigate the topic of domestic violence between lesbians and dating violence against transwomen and to record the changes and evolution of various cultures in dealing with this topic in a genuine, vivid and profound way with the aim of enhancing mutual understanding and exchanges
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Romanian Trans Woman Denied Surgery in Lithuania

Jessica Rotariu chose to do her breast augmentation surgery in Lithuania, as the qualification of the surgeons and the price of the procedures pleased her. After a mammography was handed to the doctor during the second meeting, the surgeon Martynas Norkus found out that Jessica is transgender woman and refused to perform the booked surgery.
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2015-09-04

Kentucky Clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gays

Clerks in Kentucky’s Rowan County have been ordered to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. But their defiant boss Kim Davis has refused to comply with the rules and is now in jail. US District Judge David Bunning said he had no choice but to send Rowan County clerk Kim Davis to jail for not

2015-09-03

First gay film to show in China theaters

Seek McCartney will become the first gay film to show in Chinese theaters later this year. The Chinese/French co-production, starring popular singer Han Geng and award-winning actor Jérémie Elkaïm, passed censors in its entirety after a year of deliberation. Director Wang Chao hailed the decision as ‘a small step for the regulator and a big step for filmmakers.’ ‘It

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Trailer for trans drama ‘The Danish Girl’ released

The first trailer for Eddie Redmayne’s transgender drama The Danish Girl has been revealed on 1st September. The film tells the story of trans and intersex pioneer Lili Elbe, who traveled to Germany in the 1930s to have gender reassignment surgery. Virtually untested at the time, she died when her body rejected a uterus that

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Singapore lifts ban on HIV positive visitors

Singapore has lifted its 20-year ban on HIV positive visitors but will limit their stay to three months. The ban was lifted on 1 April but only made public on Monday (31 August). ‘Given the current context with more than 5,000 Singapore residents living with HIV and the availability of effective treatment for the disease,’ a

2015-09-01

Irish president signs same-sex marriage amendment

Irish President Michael Higgins on Saturday officially signed an amendment to his country’s constitution that extends marriage rights to same-sex couples in his country.Higgins amended the Irish Constitution roughly three months after Ireland became the first country in the world in which same-sex couples received marriage rights through a popular vote. The Irish Times reported

2015-08-31

Hundreds protest in Nepal for constitutional LGBT protections

Hundreds of LGBT activists have protested in Nepal to push for LGBT protections in the country’s new constitution. The rally took place in Kathmandu, and drew around 500 participants carrying colourful flags and banners. Pinky Gurung, of the Blue Diamond Society said: “Our main demand is that the rights of the sexual minorities should be

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EVS Volunteer at EuroPride: My Experience

From the 15th to the 21st of June, EuroPride historically took place in Riga. I am speaking of history due to the unique and singular characterization of the event: EuroPride took place in a post-Soviet country for the first time. This marked a break in the wall, which was done in a peaceful and colorful

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On the 27th of August, 2015 the national LGBT* rights organization LGL received a decision by the Vilnius Regional Prosecutor‘s Office terminating a pre-trial investigation on hateful online comments inciting discrimination against homosexual persons. LGL applied to the Vilnius Regional Prosecutor‘s Office on the grounds of the article 170(2) of the Criminal Code of the

2015-08-27

Pentagon to lift ban on transgender soldiers

The Pentagon will end a ban on transgender troops within the next year, according to reports. A draft memo from The Pentagon has revealed that the United States government plan to lift the ban on transgender troops by May 27, 2016, reports USA Today. The Pentagon has come under increasing pressure to amend regulations and

Close-up of open book

On the 25th of August, 2015 the national LGBT* rights organization LGL applied to the State Commission of the Lithuanian Language with a request to clarify the meaning of a term “pederast”, commonly used to insult the members of the LGBT* community, and present an Lithuanian equivalent to an English term queer. The consultants of

Odessa pride

On the 18th of August, 2015 the national LGBT* rights organization LGL addressed the Government of the Republic of Lithuania in solidarity with Ukrainian LGBT* community. The association LGL expressed its grave concern over the events that took place in the city of Odessa, Ukraine, on the 12th-15th of August, 2015 and urged the Government

2015-08-26

The first-ever U.N. Security Council meeting on an LGBT-specific issue that took place on the 24th of August, 2015 focused on the Islamic State’s ongoing persecution of LGBT Syrians and Iraqis. The U.S. and Chile co-sponsored the closed-door, informal briefing that highlighted the Sunni militant group’s continued persecution of LGBT Syrians and Iraqis who live