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First Baltic Pride March in Ten Years Took Place in Tallinn

On 8th July, 2017 the Baltic Pride in Tallinn invited all supporters of a fair, equal, and inclusive society to march in the first LGBT+ event in Tallinn in ten years. The representatives of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL also participated in the the Baltic Pride 2017 celebrations in Tallinn. The Baltic Pride LGBT+

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Study Reveals LGBT Rental Housing Discrimination

A newly released study by the D.C.-based Urban Institute found that some landlords that were subjected to discrimination “testing” in the D.C. metropolitan area showed a bias against renting apartments to applicants who self-identified as transgender compared to applicants not identifying as transgender. The study also conducted several hundred discrimination tests in the Los Angeles

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Representatives of LGL Took Part in the Oslo Pride events

On 28th June – 2nd July, 2017 Virginija Prasmickaitė, Project Coordinator of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, and Ieva Ruzgytė, LGL Member, took part in the Oslo Pride events. The International programme hosted by Oslo Pride jointly supported by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Amnesty International Norway and the Norwegian Organization for Sexual and Gender

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Kozma has a long history of supporting anti-trans ‘bathroom bills’ Reports have recently surfaced that Donald Trump has chosen anti-transgender activist Bethany Kozma to serve as Senior Advisor to the Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment at the US Agency for International Development. In the past, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has

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Pentagon Agrees to 6-month Delay for Transgender Enlistments

Defense Secretary James Mattis has agreed to a request from military service chiefs for a six-month delay in allowing openly transgender people to enlist into the U.S. armed forces. Dana White, a Pentagon spokesperson, said Mattis on Friday “approved a recommendation by the services to defer accessing transgender applicants into the military until Jan. 1,

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Trans Man Wins Court Battle to Have the Right Gender on School Records

‘The authorities… should readily extend their helping hand rather than denying the same looking down upon them.’ A man who transitioned after graduating from university should be allowed to update his school records to reflect his true gender. The Madras High Court in Tamil Nadu, India ruled on a petition filed by a transgender software engineer

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Michigan Just Changed its Policy to Let Trans Prisoners Get Medical Treatment

Michigan has changed its policy on providing medically necessary treatments to transgender prison inmates. A new policy adopted by the Michigan Department of Corrections takes effect today which means transgender people can receive hormone therapy and other medical treatments while in prison. The change came after a trans woman incarcerated pushed the MDoC to change

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Justin Trudeau Marches With His Wife and Kids in Toronto Pride Parade

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has joined LGBT activists and allies in Toronto Pride. The Liberal PM joined marchers in the streets of the Canadian city to celebrate LGBT equality with his wife and two children. It’s not the first time the pro-equality leader has joined pride celebrations. Last year he became the first serving

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Congress Passes Resolution Condemning LGBTQ Torture in Chechnya

Congress passed a bipartisan resolution on Tuesday condemning anti-LGBTQ persecution and violence in Chechnya. House resolution 351 was introduced on May 23 by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Florida Republican who has an out transgender son and is a frequent advocate for LGBTQ rights. Ros-Lehtinen is also a member of the House LGBT Equality Caucus. The

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D.C. to Allow Gender-Neutral Driver’s Licenses

At the direction of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, the city’s Department of Motor Vehicles will begin allowing residents to choose a gender-neutral “X” identifier on driver’s licenses and other city identification documents on June 26. The announcement on Tuesday by the mayor’s office of the soon to be available gender-neutral identification documents came on the

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Paul Feinman Approved as First Openly Gay Judge on New York’s Highest Court

He fills seat left vacant by Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam who was found dead in April. Justice Paul Feinman made history today by becoming the first openly gay judge on New York’s highest court. Feinman was nominated by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the Court of Appeals and was confirmed by the state’s Republican-led Senate,

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Meet the First Openly Transgender Woman to Win a Primary Election in Virginia

In November, she’ll face off against a Republican who has put forward numerous anti-LGBTI bills. Danica Roem may be the first openly transgender woman elected in Virginia. The 32-year-old journalist, stepmom, and heavy metal band member won the primary election for the Virginia House of Delegates District 13 on Tuesday 13 June. She is one