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LGL Hosted a Training on Trans Issues in the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office

On January 8th, 2016 the National LGBT* rights organization LGL visited the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Lithuania to host a training “Protection against Discrimination on the Grounds of Gender Identity and Gender Expression: Luxury or Necessity?” for the Office’s lawyers and staff. During the training in the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office

2016-01-12

Pope Francis explains his phrase ‘who am I to judge?’

In 2013, Pope Francis made waves when in a press conference he said ‘who am I to judge’  when asked how he deals with LGBTI people. In the upcoming book The Name of God is Mercy, the pontiff offers a fuller explanation of his comment. ‘On that occasion I said this: If a person is gay

2016-01-05

Twitter will now ban accounts that tweet homophobic abuse

Twitter will now be banning accounts that tweet abuse or threats that use homophobic or transphobic language.   The social media giant has opened up and clarified the sort of ‘hateful conduct’ that will now prompt accounts to be deleted. ‘As always, we embrace and encourage diverse opinions and beliefs, but we will continue to

2015-12-30

European Parliament calls for coherence EU’s internal & external human rights policy

The European Parliament voted its annual report on human rights in the world. The report takes account of the situation of human rights, including of LGBTI people, and makes recommendations accordingly. The report starts off by stating that “in order to maintain credibility and consistency in its external human rights policy”, the EU and its

2015-12-22

New report on legal situation LGBTI people in the EU

The European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency released an updated EU-wide legal analysis: ‘Protection against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics in the European Union: Comparative legal analysis’ The report presents legal evolutions in fields affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in the European Union between 2010 and 2015.

2015-12-16

The EU is no longer leading on LGBT rights

 Many Western European countries have rested on their laurels in recent years when it comes to gay rights – and are now overlooking issues around trans and intersex rights. Evelyne Paradis is executive director of ILGA-Europe, the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association. The interview was conducted by EurActiv.   When

2015-12-15

U.N. highlights economic cost of anti-LGBT discrimination

The U.N. on Thursday used the annual International Human Rights Day to highlight the economic cost of anti-LGBT discrimination. Free and Equal, a U.N. campaign that seeks to promote LGBT around the world, released a video that actor Zachary Quinto narrates. It cites, among other things, a World Bank study that concludes discrimination based on

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LGBT Centre Held a Training by TGEU on TRANS* Specific Health Care

On December 10th, 2015 the experts from TGEU – Transgender Europe conducted a capacity building training for the representatives of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL and other interested civil society organizations with the view of increasing their capacities in advocating for quick, accessible and transparent TRANS* specific health care. During the training TGEU’s Health

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NEDF Invited to Seminar-Discussion “Human Rights in Lithuania. NGOs’ Perspective”

On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, the members of the National Equality and Diversity Forum (NEDF) invited to the seminar-discussion “Human Rights in Lithuania. NGOs’ Perspective”, which took place on December 9th, 2015 at 2:00-4:30 PM at the premises of the Embassy of Finland. In the course of the seminar-discussion the representatives

2015-12-11

European Commission publishes List of Actions to advance LGBTI Equality

On Monday, Commissioner for Justice and Gender Equality Věra Jourová presented a List of actions by the Commission to advance LGBTI Equality in the EPSCO Council, where the EU Ministers responsible for employment and social policy meet. The list is to be seen as a follow-up to the Parliament’s demand for an EU Roadmap against

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On 10th December, 2015 the National LGBT* rights organization LGL addressed the members of the Lithuanian Parliament regarding the effective implementation of the human rights standards for transgender individuals. In its formal address on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day LGL seeks to draw the attention of the lawmakers that the absence of

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LGL invited to the Launch of #TRANS_LT Videos and Exhibition “TRANZ”

On the 8th December, 2015 the National LGBT Rights Organization LGL, in cooperation with the movie director Romas Zabarauskas, artists ARCANA FEMINA photography and Shaltmira and the art space 5 MALŪNAI invited to an unique event “#TRANS_LT: Launch of Videos and Exhibition “TRANZ”. In the course of the evening the first social videos with the