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Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office: Company Violated Equal Opportunities by Not Renting Bus to LGL

On the 16th of May, 2015, the national LGBT* rights organization LGL received a notice from the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Lithuania stating that the company ‘Julturas’ violated Article 8, Part 1 of the Law on Equal Opportunities of the Republic of Lithuania by refusing to rent a bus to LGL
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IDAHO 2015 Forum Held in Montenegro

No cultural, traditional or religious values can justify hate crimes against LGBT* people. Such was the basis of the third international forum for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), which was held in Montenegro and serves as a message to European governments. The event was organized by the Montenegrin government, which was represented
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LGL’s Rainbow Bus Rolled Down the Streets of Vilnius Once Again

At noon on the 16th of May, 2015 LGL’s rainbow bus rolled down the streets of Vilnius’s city centre. This year, the national LGBT* rights organisation LGL, author of the censored book “Amber Heart” Neringa Dangvydė, Facebook kissing sensations Pijus Beizaras and Mangirdas Levickas, and other human rights activists invited residents and visitors of Vilnius
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Eurovision Stars Promote Message of Tolerance

On the 17th of May, 2015, celebrated throughout the world as the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), the official opening ceremony for Eurovision took place at Vienna’s City Hall Square. Vladimir Simonko, Executive Director of the national LGBT* rights organization LGL, was among the few lucky fans invited to the red carpet event,
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Human Rights Conference at Seimas: Equality Policies in Europe and in Lithuania

On Monday the 20th of April, the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania Seimas hosted a Human Right Conference Equality Policies in Europe and in Lithuania: Current Challenges and Future Perspectives. The event was organized by the National Equality and Diversity forum (NEDF) in cooperation with the Office of Equal Opportunities Ombudsman of the Republic
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Turkish police crack down on Istanbul Pride

Turkish police on Sunday used tear gas and water cannons against people who were about to take part in a Pride march in Istanbul. The Istanbul LGBTI Pride Committee in a press release said local authorities announced “at the last minute” that they had banned the event — which had been scheduled to start in

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Norwegian government proposes extending trans protections to children

The government in Norway has proposed extending the right of its citizens to change their legal gender to children. Under the proposal, children aged seven and up would be allowed to choose which gender to be legally recognised by, as long as they had parental support. Those aged 16 and above would be allowed to

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Lithuania grapples with homophobia

Lithuania has recently started discussing its attitudes towards homosexuality, in what remains a novelty for a country ranked among the most homophobic in the EU. While data shows that attitudes remain largely the same, many agree that the debates are proof that a change may be coming, albeit slowly. The discussions were largely sparked by

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Lithuanian Parliament Appoints Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson

The Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania has appointed Deputy Culture Minister Agneta Lobačevskytė as the head of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Lithuania. The candidate was proposed by the Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament Loreta Graužinienė. During a secret vote on the 18th of June, 2015 Mrs. Lobačevskytė was supported

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LGBTI activist voices – is anyone in Europe listening?

Evelyne Paradis, Executive Director of ILGA-Europe Check your calendars. Infringements of fundamental rights, like freedom of expression, association, and assembly inside the European Union’s borders in 2015 – surely there is some mistake? No, unfortunately, that is not a misprint. LGBTI activists and human rights NGOs are being increasingly impeded in their daily work and

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The U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons visited LGL

On the 18th of June, 2015 in cooperation with the US Embassy in Vilnius, the LGBT* Centre of the national LGBT* organization LGL was visited by Randy Berry, the U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons. The newly appointed Special Envoy got informed about the situation in Lithuania for LGBT* people, on

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LGL’s colorful march at EuroPride 2015

On Saturday the 21st of June, 2015, the national LGBT* organization LGL marched in Riga at Europride 2015. The event will be remembered as historical for two main reasons. First of all, Latvia has been the first post-Soviet country to host the festivity of EuroPride. Secondly, attendance to the event reached the impressive number of

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LGL’Baltic Pride movie “We Can Be Gay Today” screened at EuroPride 2015

On Thursday the 18th of June, 2015, in the framework of the EuroPride 2015, the national LGBT* organization LGL screened the movie “We Can Be Gay Today” in the charming context of the Pride House, benchmark venue of many events during EuroPride. The movie was preceded by an interesting discussion on the realization of the

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EuroPride 2015: ALDE4Equality advocates LGBTI rights in Riga

MEPs Sophie in ‘t Veld and Izaskun Bilbao, vice-presidents of the ALDE Group, will be in Riga this weekend to join the Europride 2015 and meet key players in the field of LGBTI rights, including the representatives of the national LGBT* rights organization LGL. During the meeting with LGL’s representatives the MEPs will discuss the

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Malta launches inspiring education policy for trans and intersex children

An education policy launched by the Maltese government on the 16th of June, 2015 is another ground-breaking move, inspired by the landmark Gender Expression, Gender Identity and Sex Characteristics Act passed earlier this year. The policy is the first of its kind in Europe; no other European country has a comprehensive education policy focusing on the needs

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EU equal treatment law: the time is now!

Today, the 18th of June, 2015 the National LGBT* Organization LGL welcomes the statement released from the Equality for All coalition on the fight against discrimination to be recognized by the EU Legislation. This is the joint statement that the organizations belonging to the Equality for all coalition released: “Six months ago, organisations representing millions

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On the 17th of June, 2015 the Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Lithuania Juozas Olekas argued that homosexual conscripts are not deprived of the right to serve in the Lithuanian army. Mr. Olekas has been forced to reassure that the country’s military does not discriminate against homosexual conscripts after an army psychiatrist