V. Simonko

LGL Board Chair: “If Marriage has Become Obsolete – Punish us with it”

27 years together with his partner. What a model family! “It was you who said that word – not I,” noted the Board Chair of LGL Vladimir Simonko with a smile, for whom this word holds great meaning. Vladimir’s surname recently echoed throughout the country once again. During the music awards ceremony M.A.M.A., V. Simonko

Ulrike Lunacek

EP Vice-President Criticizes Lithuania for Violating LGBT* Rights

Amid the European Commission’s (EC) analysis whether the Lithuanian Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information is in line the EU acquis, a group of MEPs on February 26th, 2015 criticized the Baltic state for the continuing discrimination of LGBT* people, reports Lithuanian news agency BNS. “I think we


On the 26th of February, 2015 the Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament (LIBE) had a debate on the Lithuanian anti-propaganda law and the situation of the rights of LGBT* people in Lithuania. Dutch Member of the European Parliament Sophie in ‘t Veld (ALDE/D66) asked for a debate with the European Commissioners after the


Kyrgyzstan: human rights group passes ‘gay propaganda’ bill

A Kyrgyzstan human rights group has passed a ‘gay propaganda’ bill in parliament. The bill, similar to Russia’s own anti-LGBT law, will make it illegal to spread information about ‘non-traditional sexual relations’ in the former Soviet country. This means it will be a crime for anyone to discuss anything related to LGBTI people in public spaces either


Committee on civil liberties adopts recommendation for an EU roadmap against homophobia

The European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted a recommendation for a future EU roadmap against homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. The report builds on ten previous requests by the Parliament in the last three years to roll out an EU equality roadmap, or strategy,


Suspension of EU Negotiations Should Not Delay Equality Law Reform in Ukraine

As the European Union and Ukraine meet to discuss their future relations, The Equal Rights Trust (ERT) is calling on the Ukrainian authorities to reform and amend the country’s equality legislation to bring it in line with international and European standards. ERT has also urged the European Union to maintain pressure for equality law reform,

The publication is sponsored by Amnesty International.

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


European Parliament says all international couples should enjoy the same property rights

Today the European Parliament adopted two resolutions to simplify legal procedures for international couples in the event of divorce or death. The texts include provisions for equal treatment between spouses and registered partners. Last year the European Commission proposed two new EU regulations to simplify sharing and dividing couples’ property, including real estate and financial assets, when


Lithuania and the EU’s blind spot on gay rights

The EU is one of the leading voices on LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex) equality, but Lithuania is way out of tune. Vilnius’ EU presidency began with a controversy on LGBTI issues when its head of state, Dalia Grybauskaite, faced tough questions from MEPs and media on Baltic Pride. Its EU chairmanship is


Lithuanian MPs ask EU opinion on anti-gay bills

A group of Lithuanian lawmakers have turned to EU institutions, asking for their position as to whether bills put before the Seimas do not violate human and sexual minority rights. The bills include proposals to ban “violation of constitutional moral values” and state that “every child has the natural right to a father and mother,