On November 30th, 2014 Lithuanian news portal lrytas.lt reported that a student was forced to leave Kaunas Juozas Naujalis Music School due to the homophobic bullying by his teachers and classmates. In the meanwhile the mother of the student was reportedly accused by teachers of interfering with the internal school policies as she defended her
On December 2, 2014 the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that authorities, when verifying the sexual orientation of an asylum seeker, should always comply with the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights. The case ended on the Court’s plate after Dutch authorities refused to grant asylum to three third-country nationals, who sought
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is recommending that sexual orientation become one of the protected classes listed in the non-discrimination policy of the Olympic Charter. The IOC underwent heavy criticism for many months leading up to the Sochi Olympics this year because they were held in Russia, a country that has an anti-gay propaganda
The conference “Fundamental rights, non-discrimination and the protection of vulnerable groups, including LGBTI’’ is being organised by Members of the Pre-Accession Countries’ Parliaments and the European Parliament in cooperation with the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Commission and will be held in Albanian capital Tirana on 20-21 November. The
The national LGBT* rights organization LGL initiated a meeting with the Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament Seimas and the leader of the Lithuanian Labor Party Loreta Graužinienė on September and November this year. Both times were unsuccessful. The Office of the Lithuanian Speaker of the Parliament claims that Ms. Graužinienė has no time for a
The Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament Seimas and the leader of the Lithuanian Labor Party Loreta Graužinienė declared that Latvia’s foreign minister Edgars Rinkevics should have disclosed his sexual orientation prior to the assignment to the post. “But I think that the Minister should have done it prior to the appointment to the post rather than
Latvian capital Riga hosted an annual international conference of the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual and intersex) rights organization ILGA-Europe on October 8-11. Activists overviewed the latest developments in the field of LGBTI human rights, shared the best practices and agreed upon the following steps to ensure equal rights for all citizens, regardless of their sexual
A sticker with a sign “STOP AIDS”, depicting two men having sexual intercourse, is discriminatory and violates principle of equal opportunities, concluded the Lithuanian Office of Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson. The sticker was noticed at a supermarket security room in July, 2014. The supermarket’s security officers refused to remove it when asked by LGL’s staff member.