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LGL is now launching its Online Shop!

Today, the national LGBT* rights organization LGL embarked in a new adventure: a brand-new online shop to satisfy the demands of those who need perfectly designed and stylish items, whilst at the same time, they are eager to support the LGBT* cause. Professional designers used their creativity to produce several lines of products, including “Time
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Homophobic draft laws in the Lithuanian Parliament’s spring agenda

On the 19th of March, 2015, the spring work agenda of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania was approved and contains a long list of initiatives seeking to limit LGBT* rights. First, there is the infamous Article 38 of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, which states that “family is the foundation of
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Lithuania’s Ban on ‘Homosexual Propaganda’ is under EU Scrutiny

Following a submission to the European Commission by the national LGBT* organization LGL, the EU institutions will follow closely the ‘homosexual propaganda’ legislation in Lithuania, reports Lithuanian news agency “BNS.” The Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee of the European Parliament will discuss the situation in Lithuanian situation on Thursday. The European Commission (EC)
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Lithuanian Court: “A Public Same-Sex Kiss Photo Encourages People to Post Negative Comments”

On February 18th, 2015 the District Court of Klaipėda Region affirmed the order by the District Court’s of Klaipėda City to dismiss a formal complaint about hateful online comments regarding a same-sex kiss picture by two students. The initial complaint was filed by the national LGBT* rights organization LGL. As stated in the current judgment,
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LGL social video clip finally aired on Lithuanian television

The video clip created over half a year ago by the national LGBT* rights organization LGL will finally reach television audiences and shall be aired without restrictions. As of February 13th of this year, the network “Info TV” will be showing it from 6pm onwards, during the most-watched timeslot. The video clip is a part
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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


Sweden adds gender-neutral pronoun to dictionary

Pronoun ‘hen’ can be used without revealing gender – either because it is unknown, because the person is transgender, or the information is superfluous. The official dictionary of the Swedish language will introduce a gender-neutral pronoun in April, editors at the Swedish Academy have announced. “Hen” will be added to “han” (he) and “hon” (she)


Lithuanian President: “Wider discussion needed on same-sex partnerships”

The Lithuanian society needs a “wider discussion” on the legalization of same-sex partnerships, says the President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė. “We need a wider discussion on these issues in our society. EU members’ practice of legalizing partnerships varies. Lithuania has not even properly regulated partnerships between men and women,” the president told


Bid to block spousal benefits for homosexual U.N. employees fails

A U.N. budget committee overwhelmingly rejected a Russia-sponsored resolution that sought to overturn Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s decision to extend spousal benefits to homosexual U.N. personnel who are legally married on the 24th of March, 2015. Members of the U.N. General Assembly’s Fifth Committee voted against the resolution by an 80-43 vote margin. Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh,


Lithuania’s Prime Minister is against legalization of same-sex partnerships

Lithuania’s Social Democratic Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius declared that he is against a proposal by a group of lawmakers to legalize same-sex partnerships in the Lithuania on the 25th of March, 2015. “No. I have my opinion which I have expressed on numerous occasions. Thank you,” claimed the Prime Minister of Lithuania when asked if

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V. Simonko: “Discussion on same-sex partnership will no longer be taboo”

Vladimir Simonko, the leader of the national LGBT* rights organization LGL, welcomed the proposed law to allow same-sex partnerships, saying the step would trigger discussions about the rights of homosexual persons living together. “It is not very easy for laws to make way, however, the proposal of the law will lead to discussions in the


Lithuanian MPs Register Bill to Allow Same-sex Partnership

On the 25th of March, 2015 nine Lithuanian members of parliament representing the Social Democratic and Liberal party groups have registered a bill to allow same-sex civil partnership, reports Lithuanian news agency BNS. Liberal MP Dalia Kuodytė, one of the authors of the bill, said the draft law was not aimed at undermining the importance

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EuroPride 2015 Invites the World to Create History in Riga

Organizers Launch Crowdfunding Campaign to Help Ensure Successful Event From June 15 to June 21, 2015, Riga, Latvia will host one of its most historic events – EuroPride 2015.  Organizers of the pan-European Pride event today launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise needed funds for key elements of the weeklong celebration. 25 years after regaining


Support changes: donate 2% to LGL

The arrival of Spring calls for reflection upon the past year, and the goals and expectations that defined it. Last year, the national LGBT* rights organization LGL completed more projects and hosted more events for the general public and the LGBT* community than ever before, and these initiatives were recognized both in Lithuania and abroad.

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Senate will debate same-sex marriage again this week. More than one million emails today (23 March) were sent to federal MPs and senators in Australia’s ruling coalition calling for a free vote on gay marriage. After Senator David Leyonhjelm announced that he would bring forward his Freedom to Marry Bill for debate later this week, advocates


Amnesty International launches Yes campaign for equal marriage in Ireland

Amnesty International has launched a campaign to help pass same-sex marriage in Ireland’s upcoming referendum. The Republic of Ireland is set to vote on May 22 on a proposal that would introduce civil same-sex marriage. Exactly two months before the country goes to the polls, human rights charity Amnesty International has launched their “Vote Yes” campaign in

Premjeras Algirdas Butkevièius priëmë Vokietijos Ðlëzvigo-Holðteino þemës Ministrà Pirmininkà Torstenà Albigà.

New Lithuanian Labour Code will not secure transgender rights

On the 19th of March, 2015 new amendments to the Labour Code of the Republic of Lithuania have been finally introduced to the public. The amendments have been prepared by a group of scientists and experts and was initiated by the Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania. The new Labour