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Eurovision Stars to Perform at the Baltic Pride 2016 in Vilnius

Eurovision stars Dana International (Israel) and Donny Montell (Lithuania) will perform at the Baltic Pride 2016 festival in Vilnius on June 18th, 2016. The artists will unite in sending a powerful message of tolerance, respect and support for the local LGBT* community. Israeli singer Dana International is best known as the winner of the Eurovision
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LGL Submits Shadow Report to Universal Periodic Review

In March, 2016 the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL, in cooperation with international human rights organizations „ILGA-Europe“ and „Sexual Rights Initiative“, made a joint Universal Periodic Review submission to the UN Human Rights Council on the LGBT* human rights situation in the country. The shadow report, submitted by LGL and its international partners, highlights the
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U.S. Department of State: Discrimination against LGBT* People in Lithuania is a Pressing Problem

Non-discrimination of minorities is one of the weakest points in Lithuania’s human rights record, according to a report on human rights practices in Lithuania for 2015 by the United States Department of State. The United States Department of State reports that the most serious human rights problems are related to aspects of the justice system,
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Baltic Pride 2016 Organisers Welcome Support from Rūta Meilutytė

The charitable fund of Rūta Meilutytė, Lithuania’s Olympic Gold medallist and World Record holder in swimming, sent a homophobic email to the organisers of Baltic Pride 2016, taking a strong stand against the event and calling gays “an anomaly”. The email, signed by Rūta’s father who manages the affairs of the young swimmer, came in response to an
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EP urges EC to spead up the investigation regarding LGL’s appeal under the EU Directive Infringement Process

On 4th of April, 2016 the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBTI Rights addressed the European Comission urging to spead up the investigation regarding LGL’s appeal under the EU Directive Infringement Process. The European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBTI Rights requests a report on European Comission’s findings regarding the compatibility of the Lithuanian law on the ‘Protection
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Parliament speaks out for mutual recognition domestic adoptions

In a resolution addressing cross-border conflicts around adoption adopted on April 28th, the Parliament has spoken out in favour of mutual recognition of domestic adoption decisions between Member States. Domestic adoption refers to the placement of a child for adoption by their birth parents with an adoptive family. The resolution does not touch upon second-parent

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In a report adopted on 28th April 2016, the European Parliament expresses its concern over online homo- and transphobic hate speech, and calls for strong measures to counter online hate speech. The demands are made in the report on Gender equality and empowering women in the digital age. The report urges  the Commission to demand

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LGBTQ Eurovision fans need a safe zone

As Sweden prepares to host Eurovision 2016, the City of Stockholm should offer visiting LGBTQ people a safe meeting place where they can party without worrying about their safety, argues LGBTQ rights campaigner Julle Bergenholtz from RFSL Stockholm. The Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Stockholm on the 10th, 12th and 14th of May,

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Colombia high court formally legalizes same-sex marriage

Colombia’s highest court on Thursday formally extended marriage rights to same-sex couples. Reports indicate the Colombian constitutional court’s 6-3 ruling in a case says the process to obtain a marriage license will become the same for couples of the same- or opposite-sex. The decision also stipulates that judges and notaries cannot refuse to marry a

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Our seasonal homemade magazine is out!

LGL’s volunteers just published the Volunteer’s zines nr.1 and nr.2, brainchildren of their community periodical meetings. Developing different topics from the LGBT* holidays of the last months, young guys -devoted to participate actively in the organization- freed their imagination on sheets, to spread awareness and fun. Starting in winter, with the help of LGL’s Volunteer coordinators and the EVS

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The Swedish government will shell out compensation to transgender people who were victims of forced sterilization, the country’s public health minister has confirmed. Until 2013, Swedish law specified that people who wanted to change legal gender had to be “lacking the ability to procreate”. This meant that hundreds of transgender people were forced to undergo surgery to

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“Baltic Pride” 2016 Crowd Funding Campaign: Thank You for Support!

Thanks to your encouragement and support the Baltic Pride 2016 crowdfunding campaign, launched on March 8th, 2016, has reached a wonderful success. All collected proceeds will be dedicated to the implementation of the Baltic Pride 2016 activities. Every donation will make a difference! We organized the crowd funding campaign in order to promote the fundraising

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Randy Berry marks first year as LGBT envoy

Special U.S. Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy Berry told the Washington Blade last week that anti-transgender violence remains a “grave” problem around the world. “A year ago I appreciated it more as an academic or intellectual reality,” he said during an interview at the State Department on April 20. “But over

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A pastor and a bishop in North Carolina have married a gay couple in an act of “civil disobedience”. The wedding was kept secret to stop “people having time to organise a protest”, and even had to hire security to keep demonstrators out. John Romano and Jim Wilborne, both 52, were married in Charlotte North Carolina

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Last Chance to Support the “Baltic Pride” 2016 Crowdfunding Campaign!

The Baltic Pride 2016 crowdfunding campaign, launched on March 8th, 2016, will end in just 3 days! In order to support our fundraising efforts further, we would like to kindly ask you to contribute to Baltic Pride 2016 crowdfunding campaign. Make the Baltic Pride 2016 happen – support our crowdfunding campaign! We organize the crowd

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We have raised LGL`s roof!

On Thursday, 21th April, our LGBT* community centre held the dancing workshop called Shake it out! with the undertitle Show us how you dance! There was enough space for everyone, even for those who didn`t feel like dancing. But later some of them joined, too. Apparently, because we have had so amazing teachers! A bunch

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In the last of its annual progress reports on accession countries, the European Parliament evaluated the situation in Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania, including the situation of LGBTI people. Earlier this year, the Parliament already evaluated progress in Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro and FYR Macedonia. In its report on Turkey, parliament highlights its concerns with