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

European Commission Acts to Reach Representation Diversity

A new Diversity and Inclusion Charter and fresh action to reach at least 40% women in its management by 1 November 2019 are two key features of the Commission’s new human resources policy. The purpose is to create a better workplace for all – including women, staff with disabilities, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Intersex

Chris Christie Signs Transgender Rights Bills Into Law

Chris Christie has bucked the trend for Republicans by signing two pro-trans bills into law. The embattled Governor of New Jersey, who faces a Democratic-controlled state legislature, took aback many of his party colleagues with the announcement last week. While Republicans across the country have pushed anti-LGBT legislation aimed at rolling back transgender rights, Christie signed

In June, 2017 the National LGBT* rights organization LGL launched a national school environment survey for LGBT* students. In less than a month, the survey has been completed by 1300 Lithuanian students, 500 of whom identify as LGBT* students. The first responses by LGBT* students indicate that they do not feel safe at school. According

All Schools in Scotland Will Soon Have Gender-neutral Bathrooms

Experts say gender-neutral bathrooms in schools have lower levels of bullying. The Scottish Government have planned to introduce gender-neutral bathrooms in schools. Outlined in the guidance setting out the minimum standards for school buildings, the lavatories will be a requisite to protect trans and non-binary students. The Consultation Document on Updating the School Premises said

LGL EVS volunteer: My Mid Term

Already five months have passed since I arrived in Lithuania, time just flies by. So the time for my mid term has come. This time instead of 19 people and 4 days of training, we were just eight volunteers so we did a shorter training in 3 days, but it was still amazing. We were

LGL EVS Volunteer: Baltic Pride 2017, Tallinn

The Baltic Pride 2017 this year took place in the beautiful Estonian capital of Tallinn. I was waiting to attend this event, and I decided to reach Tallinn by hitchhiking with a friend of mine from Vilnius, and be hosted by local people through Couchsurfing, because we thought it was the better way to fully

Prime Minister Theresa May has expressed her personal support for equal marriage in Northern Ireland. The Prime Minister penned an op-ed for PinkNews today to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. The Conservative leader used the piece to address the ongoing ban on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, where progress has been

Activists in Violence-plagued Honduras City Hold Pride Parade

Hundreds of people from across Honduras on Saturday participated in a Pride parade that took place in one of the world’s most dangerous cities. Kendra Stefani Jordany, a transgender woman who is running for the Central American Parliament, is among the roughly 400 people who took part in the march in the Honduran city of