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Central Asia: European Parliament concerned about state of LGBTI rights

In a report adopted last week on the EU’s relationship with Central Asia, the European Parliament has made a strong call to respect democracy, the rule of law and human rights, including the rights of LGBTI people, in the region. The report highlights the parliament’s concern over freedom of the media, freedom of expression, and

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Non-discrimination of minorities is one of the weakest points in Lithuania’s human rights record, according to a report on human rights practices in Lithuania for 2015 by the United States Department of State. The United States Department of State reports that the most serious human rights problems are related to aspects of the justice system,

2016-04-15

Chinese court rejects first same-sex marriage case

A judge in China has dismissed a suit brought against the local government by a gay couple. Despite the decision, the plaintiffs and their supporters have said the fight isn’t over. The court in central Changsha on Wednesday dismissed the suit brought against the civil affairs bureau for refusing to issue a marriage license to

2016-04-14

Louisiana governor signs executive order protecting LGBTI workers

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards on Wednesday (13 April) signed an executive order prohibiting state agencies and state contractors from discriminating against LGBTI employees and others.   Edwards said his action was needed in order to rescind an anti-gay ‘religious freedom’ executive order signed by his predecessor Bobby Jindal last May. Jindal’s order had prohibited

2016-04-13

LGBTI hate crime victims failed by Romanian authorities

An investigation by Romanian police into an attack on two Bucharest Pride participants in the aftermath of the 2006 march was ineffective, marred by shortcomings and failed to take an-LGBTI bias into account, according to the European Court of Human Rights. In a judgment released yesterday (Tuesday, 12 April 2016), the ECtHR found that the

2016-04-12

The number of Jamaicans who ‘hate’ gays has risen over 20% in four years

The number of people in Jamaica who “hate or reject” homosexual relationships has risen over 20% since 2011, a new survey has revealed. The 2015 Awareness, Attitude and Perception Survey asked employers, politicians and members of the public a number of questions in regards to same-sex relationships between June and July last year. Commissioned for

2016-04-11

Tunisian court praised for releasing eight men convicted under ‘sodomy’ laws

Eight men who were arrested and charged with offences relating to gay sex have been released. The court has been praised by local LGBT rights group Shames for making the “courageous” decision of rescinding the charges. Local reports had originally suggested that only three men were arrested, and that they had been charged with offences

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European Bisexual Conference goes to Amsterdam

The third European Bisexual Conference (EuroBiCon) is to be held in Amsterdam from July 28th to 31th, 2016. It starts on the 28th with the first European Bisexual Research Conference (EuroBiReCon), a day dedicated to academic research on bisexuality, followed by a three day community organised event. EuroBiCon brings together bisexual people and their allies

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Baltic Pride 2016 Organisers Welcome Support from Rūta Meilutytė

The charitable fund of Rūta Meilutytė, Lithuania’s Olympic Gold medallist and World Record holder in swimming, sent a homophobic email to the organisers of Baltic Pride 2016, taking a strong stand against the event and calling gays “an anomaly”. The email, signed by Rūta’s father who manages the affairs of the young swimmer, came in response to an

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On 4th of April, 2016 the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBTI Rights addressed the European Comission urging to spead up the investigation regarding LGL’s appeal under the EU Directive Infringement Process. The European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBTI Rights requests a report on European Comission’s findings regarding the compatibility of the Lithuanian law on the ‘Protection

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Let’s talk about language, baby – Non-binary in Lithuania

Yesterday evening our Vilnius LGBT* centre hosted an event concurrently with the Transgender Day of Visibility to match problems that the non-binary group faces on a daily basis. Discussing about genderqueer people was yet not the main point of the gathering: trying to find solutions was. Since 2010, the LGBT* community dedicates the 31st of

2016-04-01

Same-sex couples are finally able to adopt children in all 50 states

Mississippi was the last state in the country to maintain its ban on same-sex adoption, until Federal Judge Daniel Jordan overruled it on Thursday. Mississippi’s anti-gay law which prohibits same-sex couples from adopting kids has been stuck down in federal court on Thursday night, making gay adoption legal throughout all 50 states in the U.S.