EU supports proposal to work on health and well-being of LGBTI people

Lithuania (on behalf of the EU and its Member States) delivered a speech at the meeting of the Executive Board of the World Health Organisation (WHO) which was debating LGBT health issues and said that the EU welcomes the initiative towards improving the health and well-being of LGBT people and suggesting broadening the topic to

The European Union will respond to attempts by any EU member state to ignore EU legislation and treaties defending people’s right to live the life they want to live, European Commission Vice-President, European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Viviane Reding, said in Vilnius on Friday when asked to comment on initiatives by some

The results of the EU LGBT Survey, published by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) on 17 May 2013, indicate that 61% of the Lithuanian LGBT* community suffer from discrimination or harassment. According to the survey, it is the highest ratio of hostility towards the local LGBT* community among 27 EU Member States and Croatia.

Prayers for the Baltic States in Helsinki Pride Rainbow Mass

Anna Shepherd Helsinki Pride took place last week, culminating in the Pride Parade in which also a small group of Lithuanians took part. The Pride week consisted of a diverse range of events and activities such as panel discussions, art exhibitions, film screenings, workshops, parties and picnics. The programme also included a Rainbow Mass held

US workplace discrimination law faces Senate

The United States House of Representatives is expected to vote in favour of the new legislation, which would make it illegal to fire, refuse to hire or promote a person based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This is the first time since 1994 that legislation that protects LGB people at work has been brought

Fortune 500 companies: 92 % provide gay nondiscrimination policies

Equality Forum, a Philadelphia-based GLBT rights organization, has announced that more than 92% (463) of the 2007 Fortune 500 companies include sexual orientation in their employment nondiscrimination policies. According to the press release, when Equality Forum began contacting Fortune 500 companies in the fall of 2003, only 323 companies—or about 65%— provided sexual orientation protections.

Equal treatment and respect for gays and lesbians in Norway

The Norwegian Government makes an active effort to safeguard gay and lesbian rights, to help gays and lesbians to live openly and to counteract discrimination. It is crucial to these efforts to ensure that organizations working to protect gay and lesbian rights have a funding framework that enables them to work constructively. The Norwegian Association

UK: Law firms must challenge perception of discrimination among gay, lesbian solicitors

The Law Society has published its first report on the career experiences of gay and lesbian solicitors. The report focuses on the factors determining whether a gay or lesbian solicitor would be open about their sexuality in their workplace. Most participants acknowledged that they were reluctant to come out at work for fear that it

Fire brigades in Scotland recruit gay officers

SCOTLAND’S fire service is attempting to shed its “macho” image in a nationwide drive to recruit gay officers. Posters have been distributed in gay bars and clubs across the country as part of the equality campaign. Four of Scotland’s eight fire brigades are behind the move, which has also seen firefighters taking part in a

This survey provides an analysis of the views of the European Business Test Panel (EBTP), a representative sample of around 3000 businesses from the 25 Member States of the European Union, on workplace diversity and anti-discrimination. 798 responses received. Which of the following diversity areas / ground of discrimination do your diversity policies address? Gender

UK Gays and Lesbians Unable to Reveal Sexuality at Work

Gay at home, but not at work. In the UK gay people recently started visiting their local registry offices to say ‘I do’. But when it comes to being honest to their co-workers about being gay, up to half say ‘I can’t’. New research shows why. London, UK (PRWEB) January 13, 2006 — Research findings