Japan’s first lady joins crowds at Tokyo gay pride parade

Akie Abe, the first lady of Japan, joined gay, lesbian and transgender people celebrating gay pride in Tokyo, Japan today (27 April). Abe was joined by over 3,000 participants in the Shibuya district of Tokyo. The 51-year-old, who is the wife of conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, wore a white suit adorned with rainbow badges.

Georgia Prime Minister calls for constitutional ban on equal marriage

At the end of March, Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili introduced an amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman in the constitution. The amendment allegedly purports to avoid “misinterpretation” of an anti-discrimination bill which was introduced at the same time. This bill would address remaining legal gaps in anti-discrimination legislation,

On the 20th of February the first National Equality and Diversity Awards 2013 took place at the State Small Theatre of Vilnius. Viktoras Diawara, a member of the band SKAMP, which was awarded for the openness to the multiculturality, stated: “We are living in a democratic state, where freedom of speech is sometimes misused… I

Trans victory: Scotland removes spousal veto from gay marriage

As the Equal Opportunities Committee unanimouly passes the spousal veto amendment, Scottish Transgender Alliance’s Nathan Gale reflects on why this is a victory for all LGBTI people. In a major step forward for trans equality in Scotland, the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee today passed an amendment to the equal marriage bill removing the spousal

Poll: Gay tolerance is on the rise in Lithuania

Age is said to be the most common grounds for discrimination in Lithuania, while the discrimination of homosexual individuals is falling, shows a poll carried out by Spinter Tyrimai (Spinter Surveys) for the Office for Equal Opportunities Ombudsman. As compared with a 2007 survey, the number of persons saying they would be afraid to have

NEDF workshop and „Diversity Avenue“ in Marijampolė on 17- 18 October 2013

On 18 October 2013 in the course of implementing the project “Diversity LT” under the ES programme PROGRESS the representatives of the national LGBT* association LGL together with the partners from the National Equality and Diversity Forum (NEDF) participated in the event of “Diversity Avenue” in SUPER MARKET RIMI in Marijampolė . We presented the

The National Equality and Diversity Forum (NEDF) has published “Equality and Diversity in the NGO Sector: Good Practices of Integration of Equal Opportunities in Lithuania“ in English language. The collection compiles good practices of equality and diversity and the projects successfully implemented by the members of NEDF, including Vilnius Community of Bočiai ( the Lithuanian Union of