Australia’s Ruling Party Blocks Parliament Marriage Vote

Members of Australia’s ruling party on Monday blocked efforts to allow a conscience vote in the country’s parliament on whether to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported only seven members of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberal Party-led coalition voted in favor of allowing lawmakers to vote on the issue. The

“Discrimination is No Alternative”: LGL Participates in Hamburg Pride

On August 1st-6th, 2017 the Policy Coordinator (Human Rights) of the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL participated in the “Hamburg Pride – Christopher Street Day“ 2017 festival in Hamburg (Germany). The main slogan of the festival, namely – “Discrimination is No Alternative” (in German “Diskriminierung ist keine Alternative“) – is meant to raise awareness by

LGL Employees Strengthened their Competence in Suicide Prevention

On 4th August, 2017 representatives of the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL Roberta Matusevičiūtė, Project Manager, and Eglė Kuktoraitė Communications Coordinator, participated in SafeTALK training on suicide prevention organized by the Vilnius Public Health Centre. SafeTALK is a four-hour course that helps participants become conscious about the subject of suicide. SafeTALK training is aimed to

Haitian Senate Approves Bill to Ban Same-sex Marriage

The Haitian Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would ban same-sex marriages and punish those who enter into them. Le Nouvelliste, a Haitian newspaper, reported senators approved the measure that Sen. Carl Murat Cantave introduced by a 14-1 vote margin. La Nouvelliste also reported one senator abstained. Agence France-Presse reported “the parties, co-parties and

LGL’s Volunteers Tatiana and Giordano Shared Their EVS Experience

On 31st July, 2017 European Volunteering Service (EVS) volunteers Tatiana and Giordano prepared another community event on the premises of LGL’s LGBT* Center. This time they presented various European projects and initiatives, as well as their own experience with the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL as volunteers. Moreover, Tatiana and Giordano were joined by Maciek

Australian State Recognizes Same-sex Marriages

‘From now on, no spouse will have to face the indignity of having their relationship denied.’ South Australia’s reforms for recognition of same-sex couples married overseas and anti-discrimination against intersex people came into effect today. The changes to the law happened after UK citizen David Bulmer-Rizzi died on his honeymoon in South Australia in 2015.

Iran LGBTIs Will March Proudly for the First Time

In Iran, being gay is punishable by death. This means the possibility of a large Pride march through the capital remains a long time away. But a burgeoning group of LGBTI people are not waiting for the perfect day, they are taking a stand now. In Amsterdam, Iranians will have its first boat in the

LGL Briefs Council of Europe on Execution of L. v. Lithuania

On July 27th, 2017 the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL and the Human Rights Monitoring Institute (HRMI) informed the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe about the process of executing the judgement in the case L. v. Lithuania by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) at the national level. The civil society

Activist Academy 2017 is a first edition of five days long intensive skills-based training programme for young people who are interested in LGBTQI+ rights. It is organized by IGLYO (The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Youth & Student Organisation). This year the hosting organization was Lambda Jugendnetzwerk and it took place in Berlin, on

LGL Volunteers Participated at the Discussion on Erasmus+ Possibilities

On 25th July, 2017 volunteers from the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL, Tatiana and Giordano, participated at the discussion organized by the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR). It was held in Vilnius Youth Information Center and attended by four different organizations. LGL was one of them. The main purpose of the event was for

On 30th June, 2017 Gražina Ramanauskaitė-Tiumenevienė, Inspector of Journalist Ethics of the Republic of Lithuania, reached a decision on a complaint lodged by Eglė Kuktoraitė, Communications Coordinator of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL. The Inspector issued promoter (disseminator) Laurynas Ragelskis a warning for the Law on the Provision of Information to the Public of

Lithuanian President Approves Discrimination of Registered Partners from EU

Despite the appeal by the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL, the Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė signed the amendments to the Law on Equal Opportunities into the law on 24th July, 2017. The amendments in question were passed by the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania on 11th July, 2017 and establish a definition of “family