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Open letter to Lithuanian Parliament: Reject bill targeting LGBTI people

The Parliament of Lithuania will vote tomorrow on a bill that seeks to introduce fines for any public denigration of “constitutional family values.”   According to the proposal, actions as carrying out public speeches, demonstrating goods, posters, slogans and audio-visual materials, as well as organizing public events such as Baltic Pride would result in an

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France ends ban on gay men donating blood

Gay men in France will now be allowed to donate blood, authorities have announced. The ban had drawn criticism from civil rights groups claiming it was discriminatory. France’s health minister announced the government was lifting its decades-long ban on gay men donating blood. The lifting of the ban would be enacted over an extended period

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Lithuanian Parliament to Vote on Russian Style “Anti-Gay Propaganda” Law Again

On November 10th, 2015 at 11 AM the notorious “anti-gay propaganda” bill unexpectedly appeared on the Lithuanian Parliament’s agenda again. The consideration of the draft amendment to the Code of Administrative Violations No. XIP-4490(3), which seeks to introduce administrative liability for any public denigration of the “constitutional family values” was postponed until the final hearing

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LGL’s Executive Director Elected to the ILGA-Europe Executive Board

On the 31st October, 2015 Vladimir Simonko, co-founder and Executive Director of the Lithuanian National LGBT* rights organization LGL, was elected to the ILGA-Europe Executive Board for the period of 2016-2017 during the elections by the Annual Conference, held on October 28th – 31st, 2015 in Athens (Greece). “I am sure that active participation in

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Support Vladimir Simonko for the ILGA-Europe Executive Board

Vladimir Simonko, co-founder and Executive Director of the Lithuanian National LGBT* rights organization LGL, announced his bid for the candidacy to the ILGA-Europe Executive Board for the period of 2016-2017 during the elections by the Annual Conference, taking place on October 28th – 31st, 2015 in Athens (Greece). “Active participation in the ILGA-Europe Executive Board

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Baltic Pride 2016 March for Equality Will Take Place on the Central Avenue

The National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL congratulates the decision by the Vilnius City Municipality Administration of October 21st, 2015 to facilitate the Baltic Pride 2016 March for Equality on the central avenue in the downtown of Vilnius. The event will take place on June 18th, 2016 (Saturday) on the Gediminas Avenue. The march will culminate

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Lithuanian Conservative Party Proposes Referendum Idea for Same-Sex Partnerships

On October 19th, 2015 the MP and one of the leaders of the Lithuanian conservative party “Homeland Union” Vilija Aleknaitė-Abramikienė in the course of an interview to the radio station “Žinių radijas” regarding the possible legislation on civil partnerships claimed that “based on the current legal situation, we have to propose a public referendum on

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Intercultural meeting for EVS volunteers

My on-arrival training took place in the scenery of the Bebrusu Castle. In this amazing location, me, Yuri, and 16 other volunteers from all over the continent joined the training, part of the Erasmus+ program EVS. With a schedule full of different activities, we explored ourselves and took a look at our future months in

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On September 17th, 2015, the autumn work agenda of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania was approved and contains a long list of initiatives seeking to limit LGBT* rights. Firstly, there is the infamous amendment to the Law on the Fundamentals of Protection of the Rights of Child of the Republic of Lithuania, prohibiting

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EU Parliament calls for action to better trans people’s job situation

LGL welcomes the European Parliament’s adoption of the Zaborska Report [1] on equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment and occupation. Amongst other things the report also calls for trans people’s improved access to justice, proactive measures, non-discrimination laws, and trans-friendly workplaces. It is to highlight in particular that

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Lithuanian Parliament Rejects Civil Partnership Bill

On October 14th, 2015 the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania rejected a bill on registered partnership that had been drafted by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania and proposed to introduce the institution of registered partnership for different-sex couples. 27 members of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania voted in

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Report: Workshop on International Bisexual Visibility Day at LGL

As every year since 1999, on 23rd October occurred the Bisexual Visibility Day that heads to recognize and celebrate bisexuality and to preserve and mark its differences from other LGBT* groups. This year the LGL celebrated it with the “Bi Creative” workshop – which was not, as one might think, only about freeing the mind