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State Department envoy to promote global LGBT rights

Secretary of State John Kerry later this month will appoint a special envoy within the State Department who will promote global LGBT rights. A senior State Department official on Thursday confirmed to the Washington Blade the report that first appeared in the Boston Globe. The official told the Blade the State Department is in “the final vetting

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Lithuanian psychologists say censoring information on LGBT* issues does harm to minors

The Union of Lithuanian Psychologists has issued a statement, criticizing a ban on airing a social video ad about LGBT* rights on television. Broadcasters have refused to air the video, saying it would violate a controversial minors protection law, but psychologists claim censorship of this kind is what does harm to children rather than messages

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Referendum used to curb LGBT* rights in Slovakia

The Constitutional Court of Slovakia has decided that several questions that could limit the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT*) persons will be opened to a public vote, a move which advocates say is unconstitutional. It follows a petition initiated by the Alliance for Family, a conservative national organisation that collected more than the 350,000 signatures required

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LGBT* activists march on the path to EU in Montenegro

In a peaceful demonstration, gay rights activists have marched in the capital of Montenegro to demand more rights. In this year’s event, demonstrators were outnumbered by police 100 to 1. Up to 200 gay rights activists marched peacefully in the capital of Montenegro, Podgorica, on Sunday, reports ILGA-Europe. Demonstrators carried signs reading, “Let’s Love Each

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Today, the European Parliament by majority gave its consent to the Juncker I Commission. Over the last weeks, the Parliament has conducted hearings with the candidate Commissioners, in which their stance on LGBTI rights was a recurring topic. Future Commission Vice-President in charge of the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights Frans Timmermans (the Netherlands)

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LGL invites to a Public lecture by Canadian PhD Candidate Michael E. Peltz

On September 24, 2014 the national LGBT* rights organization LGL in cooperation with the Embassy of Canada invite to participate in a meeting with Toronto university‘s PhD Candidate Michael E. Pelz. The scholar will give a public lecture on „Europeanization, National Party Systems, and LGBT Rights: Cases of Growing Divergence“ based on his doctoral research

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LGL representative attends Cross-regional Strategy Forum for LGBT leaders

From July 28 to August 1 the Cross-regional Strategy Forum for LGBT leaders in Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia took place at the Robert F. Kennedy Training Institute for Justice and Human Rights in Florence, Italy. The event was attended by Vladimir Simonko, representative of the national LGBT rights organization LGL. The forum

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LGL wants to Change It! What about you?

Today, August 13, 2014, LGL’s Change It (KEISK) campaign officially takes its first steps.  Our posters are already in place in the cities of Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda and our social video is accessible online. The Eurobarometer survey on perceptions of discrimination in the EU, among other worrisome facts about the situation of LGBT people

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Despite the Russian city of St Petersburg repealing its city-wide ban on so-called ‘propaganda of homosexuality to minors,’ officials are still working to frustrate the work of LGBTI activists in the city. Organizers had hoped to hold an LGBTI Pride rally this Saturday, however by Monday this week city officials had rejected every location for

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Two hateful crimes exposed in half a month

In the past two weeks Lithuania witnessed two hate crimes said to have been driven by homophobia. On June 24th an explosive device was thrown at singer Ruslanas Kirilkinas during his performance in Linksmakalnis village and on July 7th Agness Landau posted a status on her Facebook wall about the violence her friend had experienced