Bakery will pay up to $150,000 for discriminating against gay couple

A bakery unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple, and is liable to pay up to $150,000 in damages, it was announced on Monday. Now facing a fine of up to $150,000 (£93,000), the owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa which refused to provide a cake for a lesbian wedding may go bankrupt. The Oregon Bureau of Labor

US lawmakers introduce bill to promote gay rights globally

Washington (January 29, 2015) – In the wake of President Obama’s commitment in the State of the Union to defend the human rights of the LGBT community, today Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) introduced bicameral legislation to affirm that LGBT human rights are a foreign policy priority for the U.S.

Lithuanian Court labels a same-sex kiss as “eccentric behavior”

On January 28, 2015 the District Court of Klaipėda City passed an order to dismiss a formal complaint about hateful online comments regarding a same-sex kiss picture by two students, filed by the national LGBT* rights organization LGL. As stated in the court order, a person who posts a same-sex kiss photo in a public

Commemoration of the Holocaust Victims

On the 27th of January, 2015, the Jewish Community of Lithuania in cooperation with the Italian Cultural Institute hosted a conference dedicated to the commemoration of the Holocaust victims. Professor Niccolò Scaffai from University of Lausanne, answered questions and read some excerpts from the work If this is a Man by Primo Levi, an Italian

Gay Italian man gets driving license back after 15-year legal battle

Italy’s highest court found the Ministry of Defence, and Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport guilty of discriminating against him and violating his privacy. Fifteen years ago, Italian Danilo Giuffrida was disqualified from driving and told by his doctors he was not mentally fit to do so after he came out as gay during his military service.

NEDF Partners participated in workshops at LGBT* centre

On January 22nd, 2015, the National Equality and Diversity Forum (NEDF) visited the national LGBT* rights association LGL. The event, entitled “Identity: Gender,” was characterized by a fruitful exchange of experiences from those in attendance. Non-governmental organizations representing vulnerable groups visited LGL’s office so as to attain a better understanding of its specificities and work.

One More Attempt to Legalize Hate Speech in Lithuania

On December 16th, 2014 the Parliamentary Committee on Education, Science and Culture postponed the adoption of the controversial amendment to the Lithuanian Criminal Code, removing criminal liability for homophobic hate speech. 5 members of the Committee were in favor of the proposed amendment, 3 voted against, while the others abstained. This outcome was sufficient for

LGL Reacts to Hateful Comments Regarding Same-Sex Kiss on FaceBook

On December 12th, 2014 the national LGBT* rights organization LGL submitted a complaint to the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Lithuania about hateful online comments regarding a same-sex kiss picture by two students from Kaunas. On December 8th, 2014 a young man posted a photo on social network “Facebook” showing him kissing his

EU report reveals alarming reality trans people face

On December 9, 2014, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) presented the largest comparative study on the experiences of trans people in all 28 EU Member States. The FRA calls the results “alarming”, but highlights that legal frameworks and good policies have a positive impact on trans people’s lives. The FRA study was launched at an

Olympic Charter adds protection for LGB athletes

On December 8, 2014 the International Olympic Committee unanimously voted through an amendment which formally protect lesbian, gay and bisexual people from discrimination. The Olympic Charter has been amended to explicitly safeguard lesbian, gay and bisexual athletes, after concerns about homophobia at this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi. The charter already outlawed discrimination on the