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State Leaders Expressed their Views on Same-Sex Partnerships in Lithuania

Since the discussions at the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania regarding the possibility of legislating same-sex partnerships in Lithuania has been renewed, the Lithuanian state leaders were asked whether they would support such move. The comments by the President of the Republic of Lithuania, the Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament and the Prime Minister
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Lithuanian MPs Registered a Proposal to Legislate Gender Neutral Partnerships

Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, Aušrinė Armonaitė and Simonas Gentvilas, members of the Liberal Movement Party and the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania, have registered a proposal to amend the Civil Code of the Republic of Lithuania, aiming to recognize the legal status of both different-sex and same-sex couples. “A couple of reasons encouraged us to propose
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Celebrating Diversity at Eurovision Party with Iconic LaDiva Live

On 13th May, 2017 the National LGBT* rights organization LGL invited to the Eurovision party in the jazz bar Paviljonas. The party, featuring live performance of iconic LaDiva Live (France), definitely became a shining jewel of the “Rainbow Days” 2017 festival. The participants of the Eurovision party celebrated diversity while enjoying live broadcast of the
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Rainbow Bus: Protest Held Next to the Embassy of the Russian Federation

On 13th May, 2017 in order to draw the attention to the persecution and serious human rights violations against LGBT* people in Chechnya (Russian Federation), the National LGBT* rights organization LGL organized a protest next to the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Vilnius (Lithuania). To demonstrate solidarity with homosexual persons who were terrorized by
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Vilnius Town Hall Goes Rainbow for IDAHOT

On May 12th, 2017 the National LGBT* rights organization LGL together with foreign diplomatic missions in Lithuania and supporters organized a festive Rainbow Days 2017 event at the Vilnius Town Hall to commemorate the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). The French drag queen LaDiva Live and Lithuanian singers Ruslanas Kirilkinas and Valerija Iljinaitė
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Each year 17th of May is commemorated as an International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) in order to raise awareness of the LGBT* issues worldwide. This year the occasion inspired the members of the European Parliament to take action and issue a resolution regarding the gross violation of human rights in Chechnya, where

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Lebanon’s First Pride Week Underway Despite Security Threat

Lebanon’s first-ever Pride celebration is underway in Beirut, despite national laws that deem homosexual acts a crime and security threats at the start of the festivities. Organizers planned to kick off Pride with an event run by Pride Lebanon, but they received threats from the Association of Muslim Scholars in Lebanon, a Salafist group. ‘On Saturday

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LGL Member Ieva Ruzgytė Participated in LGBT* Forum in Salzburg (Austria)

Ieva Ruzgytė, member of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL participated in an international LGBT* forum, held on 14th-19th May, 2017 in Salzburg (Austria). LGL member shares her experience regarding the fifth international LGBT* forum in Salzburg, held to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). By participating in the forum, LGL member

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Liberals Denounce EU Parliament’s ‘Anti-gay’ Bill

Liberal MEPs want to re-open an already adopted European Parliament position on audiovisual services reform, saying that it justifies discrimination of lesbian, gay, bi- and transsexual (LGBT) people. The overhaul is an update of EU-wide rules on media services and TV advertising. The problem, according to the liberals, is that the reform sets out to

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State Leaders Expressed their Views on Same-Sex Partnerships in Lithuania

Since the discussions at the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania regarding the possibility of legislating same-sex partnerships in Lithuania has been renewed, the Lithuanian state leaders were asked whether they would support such move. The comments by the President of the Republic of Lithuania, the Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament and the Prime Minister

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Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union Political Group of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania together with other members of the Lithuanian Parliament have registered a draft amendment to the Civil Code of the Republic of Lithuania proposing to regulate partnerships by way of cohabitation agreement. According to the members of Lithuanian Farmers and Greens

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Lithuanian MPs Registered a Proposal to Legislate Gender Neutral Partnerships

Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, Aušrinė Armonaitė and Simonas Gentvilas, members of the Liberal Movement Party and the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania, have registered a proposal to amend the Civil Code of the Republic of Lithuania, aiming to recognize the legal status of both different-sex and same-sex couples. “A couple of reasons encouraged us to propose

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Pride March in Kuala Lumpur Banned

Students faced death threats for choosing to hold the event during Ramadan. A Pride march scheduled for next month in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was canceled on May 17. The three-day LGBTI public awareness campaign was organized by a group of students at Taylor University. Pro-Islamist blogs were outraged the event would have been held on

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“Rainbow Days” 2017: Quizzes in Klaipėda & Kaunas

On May 20th-21st, 2017 the National LGBT* rights organization LGL and the Office of Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson of the Republic of Lithuania invited to the “Rainbow Days” 2017 Quizzes in Klaipėda and Kaunas. Who are the “famous” LGBT* people? What is the history of the LGBT* human rights movement? What is the legal reality of

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U.S. Military Color Guard to March in D.C. Pride Parade

An eight-member contingent of a U.S. Armed Services Color Guard, which has accompanied D.C.’s annual Capital Pride Parade since 2014, will continue that tradition this year during the June 10 parade, according to Capital Pride board president Bernie Delia. Delia said the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, which is in charge of Color Guard

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Rainbow Flag Flies High in Nepal for the First Time

The rainbow flag has flown for the first time in Nepal to mark this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT). The flag was at the United Nations House in Nepal at an event attended by LGBTI people, rainbow families, dignitaries and government officials. Blue Diamond Society is a local LGBTI organization and

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Parliamentarians in Romania will soon be asked whether or not to support the organisation of a referendum to constitutionally define family as being based solely upon the marriage between a man and a woman. On the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Members of the LGBTI Intergroup write to Romanian Parliamentarians, urging them  not to