Gay participants, Wesley Poon, left, kisses his friend Tim Lee of Hong Kong during a gay rally in Hong Kong Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008. Hundreds of gay supporters, from various lesbian, gay and bisexual transgender communities marched as fighting for their rights.  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong authorities are refusing to count gay couples in its 2016 census

Hong Kong’s Census and Statistics Department claims it doesn’t want to embarrass gays and lesbians by asking them about their relationship status in front of their families Officials in Hong Kong have decided to leave same-sex couples off next year’s census – arguing that some will be too afraid to disclose their relationship in front


New EU rules for better protection for victims of crime in the EU

New EU rules on victims’ rights that apply as of today (16 November) will bring major changes in the way victims of crime are treated in Europe. The Victims’ Rights Directive lays down a set of binding rights for victims of crime, and clear obligations for EU Member States to ensure these rights in practice


Ireland will end exemptions to LGBT equality law for schools and hospitals

Fresh off of the country’s first same-sex weddings, Ireland’s government is pushing forward with more changes – amending LGBT equality law exemptions for schools and hospitals. The Republic of Ireland approved same-sex marriage in a landslide referendum earlier this year, by 62.07% to 37.93% – and overcoming bureaucratic hurdles, yesterday the green light has been

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OSCE representatives and hate crime victims visited LGBT* centre

On November 7, 2015 the OSCE representatives together with the hate crime victims gathered in the LGBT* community center. During the meeting, members of the local LGBT* community shared their painful experiences and thus enabled the ESBO officers to comprehend real discriminatory cases in Lithuania. In the meantime, the OSCE will organize trainings for the


Uruguay joins global LGBT rights initiative

Uruguay is the latest country to join a U.S. initiative that seeks to promote LGBT rights around the world. The small South American nation that borders Brazil and Argentina will join Chile, France, Germany, Sweden and other countries that contribute to the Global Equality Fund, a public-private partnership the State Department manages with the U.S.


IGLYO condemns anti-gay propaganda bill in Lithuania

IGLYO is deeply concerned to hear the shocking and sudden advancement of oppressive anti-gay propaganda bill In Lithuania, which similarly to the laws in Russia will infringe the freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. The suggested legislation outlaws ‘public denigration of constitutional family values’, which is specifically designed to prevent discussion of LGBTIQ issues in a positive

Image #: 26463613    People take part in a procession organised by gay rights activists in central Kiev January 11, 2014. Organisers said that the participants had met on social networks online and that the procession, from Bessarabia Square to Independence Square, was held to show their support for pro-European integration supporters who are holding a rally in Independence Square.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich  (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY)       REUTERS /GLEB GARANICH /LANDOV

Sexual orientation and gender identity have been included as protected grounds in the anti-discrimination section of Ukraine’s Labour Code. This important milestone for LGBTI people in Ukraine was reached when 234 members of the Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, voted to add the anti-discrimination clause to the Code earlier today (Thursday, 12 November). This was the third


A bill designed to restrict freedom of expression and freedom of assembly has made an unwelcome reappearance on Lithuania’s parliamentary agenda. ILGA-Europe was shocked to learn that an amendment to the country’s administrative code which punishes ‘public denigration of constitutional moral values’ will be voted on this Thursday (12 November 2015). Bill XIP 4490(3) would


Lithuania’s Social Democratic Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius abstained from commenting on the proposal by the MP Petras Gražulis to introduce administrative liability for any public denigration of the “constitutional family values”. However, the Prime Minister of Lithuania insists that „society must conform to the norms of decency“ or otherwise „claim responsibility“. „I really can not


On November 12, 2015 the notorious “anti-gay propaganda” bill was removed from the Lithuanian Parliament’s agenda for the time being. 65 members of the Lithuanian Parliament voted for the proposition to remove 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


New rule allows refugees to bring same-sex partners to U.S.

Refugees and asylees from 23 countries can now ask to bring their same-sex partners with them to the U.S., even if they are not legally married.   The State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration in an Oct. 1 letter to Congress notes it will “allow a qualifying individual” to request their same-sex partner


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