Activist Seeks to Become First Trans Person Elected in Honduras

An activist in Honduras would become the first openly transgender candidate elected in the country if she were to win a seat in the Central American Parliament. Kendra Stefani Jordany, who is a member of the Liberty and Refoundation (LIBRE) party from the city of San Pedro Sula, finished 18 among the list of 20

Faroe Islands rejects same-sex marriage

Faroe Islands, a self-governing archipelago part of Denmark, has rejected same-sex marriage. Comprising of 18 rocky, volcanic islands between Iceland and Norway in the North Atlantic Ocean, it remains the only Nordic country to not have adopted same-sex unions in any form. A majority of 26 out of total 33 members in the Faroe Islands

Greece becomes 26th European country to recognise same-sex partnerships

Among 249 present parliamentarians, 194 voted for and 55 voted against this law. The concept of registered partnership had existed in Greece since 2009 but was only available to heterosexual partners; this was declared discriminatory by the European Court of Human Rights.  As a result of today’s vote, same-sex couples will now benefit from various

In an unprecedented show of political support for the rights of LGBTI people, representatives from all the main parliamentary parties signed an equality pledge in Athens.   Representatives from Syriza, PASOK, New Democracy, DIMAR, The River and Enosi Kentroon signed a pledge stating their commitment to registered partnership, family law reform, legal gender recognition and

Poland parliament passes first trans recognition bill

‘It was the first time we heard policymakers recognizing that trans citizens need to have their dignity assured’. The Polish parliament’s lower house has passed the country’s first transgender recognition legislation. Poland’s first transgender MP, Anna Grodzka, introduced the Gender Accordance Act in May 2012, and it was finally passed on Thursday (23 July) by 252 votes to 158, with 11 absentations. Under

Ireland legally recognizes trans people

‘It means that we exist in the eyes of the state, and I think that cannot be underestimated’. The Irish parliament Wednesday (15 July) passed the Gender Recognition Bill. This means transgender people will now be able to change the gender on their birth certificate and passport without a letter from a medical practitioner. Ireland is the fourth country

Slovenian Parliament debates gender neutral marriage

Slovenia’s Parliament has in a groundbreaking move debated same-sex marriage, despite gay and lesbian couples being banned from tying the knot there. The country was hailed by the ILGA Europe LGBT network for the debate which took place on Tuesday. During the debate was discussed amendments to the Marriage and Family Act, which could possibly

“Anti-propaganda” law in Ukraine withdrawn from the Parliament agenda

In January 2015 the Ukrainian Parliament withdrew the draft of so-called “homosexuality anti-propaganda” law (8711/0945) from its agenda. According to information from Ukrainian partners, the law 8711/0945 was not included in the agenda of the Ukrainian Parliament for its current session. This means that Parliament will not get back to discussions about this legislative initiative.

On the 20th January, 2015, the Parliament of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) constitutionally defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Furthermore, it created a constitutional hurdle to possible future legislation on same-sex civil unions. The amendment defines that “[m]arriage shall be a life union solely of one woman and

Topics of gender identity are not permitted in Lithuanian textbooks

23 Members of Parliament addressed Minister of Education Dainius Pavalkis, inquiring about a newly published textbook of the Lithuanian language. The textbook, intended for 4th graders, contains a story of a girl who comes to a new school pretending she is a boy and is happy that everyone believes her. According to some politicians, the