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LGBT* Students Speak out about their Experiences in Lithuanian High Schools

It appears that a scandal widely publicized this spring, in which dozens of students in a moral education lesson at Telšių Žemaitės school were shown material comparing gay people to murderers and cannibals, may not have been an isolated incident. This summer, LGL carried out an anonymous survey in which respondents – 475 LGBT* high
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Does the Lithuanian Military Need Gay Service Members?

In March 2015, in response to Russian aggression in Ukraine and in accordance with amendments to laws on military obligation, 3500 young people were drafted into compulsory military service. National LGBT* rights organization LGL received a number of inquiries regarding gay and transgender eligibility for service, submitted by those fearing potential discrimination in the military.
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Faces of LGL’s Social Campaign Poster: “Discrimination Hurts, we Need to Talk about it Loudly and Openly”

In May, 2017 coinciding with Rainbow Days 2017 celebrations, the National LGBT* rights organization LGL displayed posters in the public spaces of Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda, seeking to draw attention to the discrimination LGBT* people face and encouraging others to speak up in the face of discrimination. The posters, displayed in bus shelters around Vilnius,
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Lithuanian President Approves Discrimination of Registered Partners from EU

Despite the appeal by the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL, the Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė signed the amendments to the Law on Equal Opportunities into the law on 24th July, 2017. The amendments in question were passed by the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania on 11th July, 2017 and establish a definition of “family
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LGL Urges President to Veto Amendments to Law on Equal Opportunities

On  July 11th, 2017 the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL appealed to Dalia Grybauskaitė, the President of the Republic of Lithuania, asking to veto the amendments to the Law on Equal Opportunities of the Republic of Lithuania and return them to the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania for further considerations. If approved, the proposed
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Four Homophobic Legislative Initiatives on Lithuanian Parliament’s Autumn Agenda

Returning to the 3rd regular session Lithuanian Parliament preparing is preparing to debate on four legislative amendments and legislative initiatives that would restrict LGBT rights. Even though a certain progress may be observed, as legislative initiatives clearly infringing upon freedoms of association and expression have not been registered, the proposed amendment to the Constitution, Law

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Top Stupid Questions We Get Asked as Bisexuals

Like all the other trendy people on Facebook, last year on December 31st I made some New Year resolutions. I will stop letting my insecurities and lack of confidence define me, I will speak for myself – screamed point no. 17. I can feel this tension in the air as the International Bisexual Visibility Day

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UNI-FORM encourages reporting on homophobic and transphobic hate crimes

On September 28th, 2017 the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL together with its international partners will be launching the mobile application and reporting website UNI-FORM at the European Parliament, in Brussels. This online mechanism for reporting homophobic and (or) transphobic hate crimes will be available on the web, on the AppleStore and on GooglePlay, and

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Israeli Government Will Update Same-sex Adoption Laws

The Israeli government has announced changes to the country’s adoption laws. A case at the Supreme Court means discrimination against same-sex couples wishing to adopt will now be banned. It comes following a petition regarding same-sex adoption that was filed by the Association of Israeli Gay Fathers. The new legislation will be introduced by June

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Two Thirds of LGBT Youth in Northern Ireland Don’t Feel Welcome at School

Students said the lack of LGBT visibility in school contributed to the high levels of homophobia and transphobia. Newly published research reveals 67% of LGBT youth in Northern Ireland feel unwelcome at school. The study shows further evidence that schools are having a negative impact on the emotional well-being of Irish LGBT youth. Northern Ireland

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LGL Representatives Meet with “Rainbow Rights” Project Partners in Helsinki

On September 7th, 2017 representatives of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL attended a meeting with their partners in the project “Rainbow Rights: Promoting LGBTI Equality in Europe” in Helsinki. During the meeting, the activists discussed future project activities. At the meeting, the implementing organizations also made decisions on project events in the near future,

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LGBT* Students Speak out about their Experiences in Lithuanian High Schools

It appears that a scandal widely publicized this spring, in which dozens of students in a moral education lesson at Telšių Žemaitės school were shown material comparing gay people to murderers and cannibals, may not have been an isolated incident. This summer, LGL carried out an anonymous survey in which respondents – 475 LGBT* high

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The Biggest Rally for LGBTI Rights in Australian History

Tens of thousands of people in cities around Australia hit the pavement to support marriage equality. More than 30,000 people took to the streets of Sydney to march for marriage equality in what became Australia’s largest LGBTI rally in history on September 10. Thousands of people also hit the streets in Brisbane and Hobart to

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British Army Officials Confront Homophobia in New Stonewall Campaign

Senior British Army officers are featured in a new Stonewall campaign tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. Stonewall today launched its first major public awareness campaign in a decade, encouraging people to ‘Come Out For LGBT’ and show their support. The campaign comes as the charity published research showing that hate crime against gay, lesbian

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LGL Celebrates the Start of the School Year

National LGBT* rights organization LGL wishes students a successful start to their school year! This summer, LGL carried out a survey in which 541 LGBT* high school students between the ages of 14 and 18 participated, sharing their experiences in school over the 2016-17 school year, and preliminary results suggest that homophobic and transphobic bullying

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Why Doesn’t Northern Ireland Have Equal Marriage Yet?

Northern Ireland is increasingly isolated in western Europe by banning same-sex marriage. What exactly is going on? It has been four years since England and Wales approved equal marriage, and three years since Scotland followed suit. Equal marriage has since spread across Western Europe – with France, Germany and Luxembourg also passing legislation in recent years

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The Long March Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Summer is the time of Pride marches. The numerous marches in Europe are a testament to the ground-breaking progress toward acceptance of the equal rights of lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons. In the vast majority of European countries, and elsewhere in the world, crowds have been rallying to celebrate – or claim