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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

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Finnish Government Opts to Keep Law That Requires Trans People to Be Sterilised

The government of Finland have decided to keep rules that force the sterilisation of trans people who wish to change their legal gender. In a disappointing blow to trans activists, the Finnish government decided on August 25th to not implement the recommendations of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The Human Rights Council had previously recommended

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Mongolia’s Pride Week Kicks Off With Epic Parade

Pride Week comes weeks after Mongolia passed laws protecting LGBTI people from hate crimes. Mongolia’s Pride Week launched over the weekend with organizers anticipating it would be its biggest yet. The week started with a parade called the Equality Walk and was attended by locals, dignitaries and expats. It was followed by a concert and

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Israeli Embassy Organizes Vilnius Bike Ride 2017 To Kick Off Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and in Vilnius it was celebrated yet again by a collective bike ride. On 27th August, 2017 hundreds of participants shared a sunny Sunday together conquering 10 kilometres around various neighbourhoods of Vilnius. Embassy of Israel in Vilnius brought together a large number of participants who were joined

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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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Finland Could Be About to End the Forced Sterilization of Trans People

A trans person must ‘have been sterilized or is “for some other reason infertile”‘. The Finnish government will review it’s gender recognition laws on 25 August. Trans people must be sterilized currently before they’re able to have their gender changed legally. The Human Rights Council has long been recommending the rule be abolished. They set out two