TGEU Map 2016

Transgender Europe, launching its Trans Rights Europe Map 2016, warns protection level for trans people remains low in Europe. “Discrimination at the job market is a major factor keeping trans people from thriving. While it is positive that in 2016, 26 European states – that is four more than last year – offer now explicit

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Maria Sam Katseva, a singer from Ukraine, will perform at the Baltic Pride 2016 concert in Vilnius on June 18th, 2016. The artists performing at the Baltic Pride concert will unite in sending a powerful message of tolerance, respect and support for the local LGBT* community. Today we speak with Maria Sam Katseva about the

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Two married women fall in love with each other, divorce their husbands and live for fifteen years without openly speaking about it. Married in 2000, these two women suddenly got everyone’s attention. This is the love story told in a book “Jóhanna and me“ (icelandic Við Jóhanna) by Jónína Leósdóttir, a journalist and a writer,

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Latest FRA report examines hate crime from different perspective

Every day, people across Europe continue to be the targets of assaults because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In 2013, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency’s own study revealed that an average of 59% of the LGBT people surveyed in the EU who had been attacked in the previous 12 months felt they had

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LGBTQ Eurovision fans need a safe zone

As Sweden prepares to host Eurovision 2016, the City of Stockholm should offer visiting LGBTQ people a safe meeting place where they can party without worrying about their safety, argues LGBTQ rights campaigner Julle Bergenholtz from RFSL Stockholm. The Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Stockholm on the 10th, 12th and 14th of May,

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“Baltic Pride” 2016 Crowd Funding Campaign: Thank You for Support!

Thanks to your encouragement and support the Baltic Pride 2016 crowdfunding campaign, launched on March 8th, 2016, has reached a wonderful success. All collected proceeds will be dedicated to the implementation of the Baltic Pride 2016 activities. Every donation will make a difference! We organized the crowd funding campaign in order to promote the fundraising

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Last Chance to Support the “Baltic Pride” 2016 Crowdfunding Campaign!

The Baltic Pride 2016 crowdfunding campaign, launched on March 8th, 2016, will end in just 3 days! In order to support our fundraising efforts further, we would like to kindly ask you to contribute to Baltic Pride 2016 crowdfunding campaign. Make the Baltic Pride 2016 happen – support our crowdfunding campaign! We organize the crowd

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On March 15th, 2016 Rokas Žilinskas, a member of the Lithuanian Parliament and one of the proposers of the draft Law on the Strengthening of Family, reacted to a “Facebook” post by the National LGBT* rights organization LGL on the project proposal: “Lithuanian Gay League once again failed with its public relations in their own

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On March 20th, 2016 a meeting to consider the Constitutional amendment, which seeks to define “family life” as emanating exclusively from a marriage between a man and a woman, has been scheduled at the Legal Affairs Committee of the Lithuanian Parliament. However, the Committee failed to meet the quorum and the consideration of the draft

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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,

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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