Eurovision Stars Promote Message of Tolerance

On the 17th of May, 2015, celebrated throughout the world as the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), the official opening ceremony for Eurovision took place at Vienna’s City Hall Square. Vladimir Simonko, Executive Director of the national LGBT* rights organization LGL, was among the few lucky fans invited to the red carpet event,

Amnesty International launches Yes campaign for equal marriage in Ireland

Amnesty International has launched a campaign to help pass same-sex marriage in Ireland’s upcoming referendum. The Republic of Ireland is set to vote on May 22 on a proposal that would introduce civil same-sex marriage. Exactly two months before the country goes to the polls, human rights charity Amnesty International has launched their “Vote Yes” campaign in

“Amnesty International” criticizes Lithuania’s violation of LGBT* rights

In its annual report concerning the state of human rights throughout the world, the international non-governmental organization Amnesty International criticized Lithuania’s violation of LGBT* rights. “The law designed for the ‘protection of minors’ against the detrimental effect of public information violates the freedom of self-expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people,” states the

Global appeal for protecting freedom of expression for LGBT people

LGL is sharing an appeal for protecting freedom of expression for LGBT people and encourages you to express your support! You can sign this appeal by sending an email to . Speak Up and Speak Out: Protecting Freedom of Expression for LGBT People  On the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO-T), May 17, we call

EU urged to combat homophobic violence

The European Union (EU) and its member-states are failing to tackle homophobic and transphobic hate crimes and to protect all individuals from discrimination, harassment and violence, Amnesty International said in a report published today. “Hate-motivated violence has a particularly damaging and long-term effect on victims. Yet, the EU as well as many of its members

LGBT activists from Vilnius visited Denmark

Two activists representing Lithuanian Gay League visited Denmark last week to talk about Baltic Pride 2013. The invitation came from Female Oxygen, a group of lesbian activists. The schedule of the visit was busy, with many meetings, interviews and fund-raising events. Our first meeting was with Lars Aslan Rasmussen, Member of the Copenhagen City Council

Amnesty International pledges to continue pressure for LGBT march in Vilnius

International nongovernmental organization Amnesty International has condemned a decision by Vilnius authorities to ban a gay march through the Lithuanian capital’s central Gedimino Avenue, and pledged to continue pressure on the country’s government. “Maybe I can just say that Amnesty International is very disappointed about the city council’s decision today,” Amnesty International representative Helle Jacobsen

Vilnius municipal authorities ban upcoming Baltic Pride march

The municipal authorities of the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, must allow the upcoming Baltic Pride to take place, Amnesty International said today. After a meeting held today with the Lithuania Gay League, organizers of the 27 July march, and Amnesty International, the Vilnius municipality authorities said the event cannot be held in the city centre and