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Let’s get this party started! LGL Celebrates IDAHOT and Rainbow Days 2015

From the 14th to the 20th of May, the National LGBT* Organization LGL is ready to lead off the dance for Rainbow Days and IDAHOT 2015 and proud to offer a wide agenda of political, social, cultural and artistic events in Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda. Please join in! What will happen in Vilnius? Opening ceremony
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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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International corporate support for LGBT* rights in Lithuania and Poland – a fallacy?

It has long been the case that international corporates have acted as sponsors for LGBT* events in capital cities throughout the world. From New York City’s annual Pride event to Berlin’s St. Christopher Street Day festivals, corporates play a huge role in providing funding streams, quality programming and networking opportunities for the LGBT* community and
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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
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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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In a gala ceremony on the 28th of April, 2015, the 2014 National Equality and Diversity Awards were handed out to individuals, organizations and initiatives that contributed most to promoting equality and diversity in Lithuania. The annual event was organized by the National Equality and Diversity Forum, including the national LGBT* rights organization LGL, alongside

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On the 29th of April, 2015 the EU Court of Justice (EUCJ) ruled that permanently banning men who have had sex with men (MSM) from blood donation, may be justified, depending on the situation in the country. The case got to the EU Court after Mr Léger, a French national, was refused blood donation on

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LGL Co-organized the 2014 National Equality and Diversity Awards

On the 28th of April, 2015, the member organizations of the National Equality and Diversity Forum, including the national LGBT* rights organization LGL, alongside the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Lithuania organized the 2014 National Equality and Diversity Awards in Vilnius, which honoured Lithuania’s most notable individuals, organizations and initiatives in the field

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Northern Ireland Assembly rejects same-sex marriage

Politicians in Stormont have voted against same-sex marriage for the fourth time. The Northern Irish Assembly was discussing same-sex marriage today, after three failed attempts to enact the law. Today’s motion on equal marriage, proposed by Sinn Féin, failed by two votes, with 47 in favour and 49 against. However, same-sex marriage continues to be

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Thousands march for gay marriage in Tokyo

Pride festival is extended by two days amid surge in interest in LGBTI issues. Some 3,000 LGBTI people and their allies Sunday (26 April) afternoon marched in Tokyo Rainbow Pride amid calls for Japan to legalize gay marriage. The crowd, many waving rainbow flags and dressed as geishas, paraded through the capital’s entertainment and shopping

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Proposed law in Uganda could be used to shut down all pro-gay charities

A new law has been drafted in Uganda that could be used to ban all pro-gay charities and LGBT rights groups. The country’s new Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) bill would give the government the ability to approve, inspect, and dissolve all community groups and NGOs based on a number of criteria – as well as to impose harsh fines. One

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University to offer the UK’s first ‘Drag Studies’ course

Edge Hill University is to become the first higher education institution in the UK to offer a course dedicated to the art of drag. Performing arts students at the University will be able to study the ‘Drag Kings and Drag Queens of Performance’ from next year, after a ground-breaking new course was approved. The third-year module will consider a variety

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Invisible Shadow of Domestic and Dating Violence in the Lesbian Community

Data provided by the EuroBarometer Report by the European Commission showed that five years ago almost 43% of women in Lithuania were victims of domestic and dating violence. Despite the lack of research on the topic, the number of women victims of domestic and dating violence is expected to have increased in recent time. However,

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Lithuanian Transgender Entertainer Experienced Transphobia in a Gym in Vilnius

Women exercising together with the Lithuanian transgender entertainer Agness Landau in a Vilnius gym did not wish to change their clothes in the same locker room. The gym, which has locker rooms for both women and men, refused to comment upon the situation to Lithuanian TV journalists. However, the spokesperson of a gym claimed that

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Mexican Supreme Court rules against marriage ban

The Mexican Supreme Court on Wednesday announced it had found a laws banning same-sex marriage are “discriminatory.” A strongly-worded statement the court posted to its website said the majority of the judges who considered a case that challenged portions of the state of Sinaloa’s family code defining marriage between a man and a woman found

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Micro Rainbow International secures funding through the European Union for a three-year project to help lift LGBTI people in Brazil out of poverty. Not-for-profit social enterprise Micro Rainbow International (MRI) has announced that is has received funding from the European Union for a three-year project to help alleviate poverty among the LGBTI communities in Brazil.

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Since the major political parties in Lithuania – Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP), The Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats and the The Labour Party – are in the process of electing their new leaders, the LGBT* community in Lithuania demands a change in the management bodies of the latter parties. The representatives of the