Tajikistan has created a list of homosexual people in a move which it called “Operation Purge”. Officials have drawn up a register of 367 gay and lesbian people, who they have intimated will be forced to undergo testing to avoid “the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases”. The list includes 319 gay men, 48 lesbians and no

“Humanity and Its Rights” Workshop with University Students

Yesterday, 17th October, a team from LGL visited the Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU). This visit was due to a workshop on LGBT* issues organized in partnership with the local ESN VGTU group. 13 participants including LGL members Kamila, our volunteer coordinator, Tatiana, our EVS volunteer and Cintia, our intern, attended the workshop entitled “Humanity

California Becomes First State to Recognize Nonbinary Gender on Legal Documents

Governor Jerry Brown also signed three more bills aiding LGBTI Californians. On October 15, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 179, or the Gender Recognition Act. This bill adds nonbinary as a gender option on all state-issued IDs. The state legislature passed the bill last month. California isn’t the first state to offer a

On September 5th, 2017 the Lithuanian news portal “Delfi.lt” published an article on ideological views of some Lithuanian Government officials. Kristina Paulikė, an advisor of Linas Kukuraitis, the Minister of Social Affairs and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania, has secured a place among them. Prior to her appointment at the Ministry of Social Affairs

“Baltic Pride” 2016 Photo Book Now Available Online

The National LGBT* rights organization LGL proudly presents the “Baltic Pride” 2016 photo book now available online! Baltic Pride 2016 Photo Book, 2016 There are only a few copies of tastefully packaged hardcover edition of the Baltic Pride 2016 Photo Book left in LGL online store! Order the “Baltic Pride” 2016 photo book including unforgettable

LGBT activists in Kosovo are celebrating their first ever pride parade. Hundreds of people attended the first ever official pride, held in the country’s capital of Pristina. There had been unofficial marches in the country previously, in an effort to tackle homophobia and transphobia in the state. Even the country’s president, Hashim Thaçi, who led

LGL Celebrated International Coming Out Day with a Film Premiere and Discussion

On the 11th of October, 2017 the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL celebrated the International Coming Out Day in a lovely evening in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel in Lithuania and in the company of LBGT* community and all of our friends. The evening started in a movie theater “Pasaka” and was officially opened

Pakistan University Will Give Free Education to Trans People

The university wants to help trans people overcome stigma and become involved in society. A university in Pakistan announced it will give free education to trans people. Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) based in the capital Islamabad was Asia’s first distance learning university. It’s motto ‘education for all’ helped frame its decision to provide free

On September 29 – October 1, 2017 Eglė Kuktoraitė, Communications Coordinator of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, participated in the annual conference of the international LGBTI youth organization “IGLYO” in Zagreb (Croatia). During the annual “IGLYO” conference, representatives of member organizations had an opportunity to discuss activities of “IGLYO”, elect its new Board Members,

Surrealism Workshop

I’m Giordano, a volunteer in LGL and a graduate from the University of Fine Arts, and I decided to create an interesting workshop for our community center involving my favorite art movement Surrealism. I have always been influenced by Surrealism for its beautiful images and particular meanings. Its ability to intertwine the subconscious, dreams and

Trump Administration Says it’s Legal to Discriminate Against Transgender Workers

The Trump administration is continuing its attack on civil rights laws by rolling back a policy protecting transgender employees from discrimination. The move, from Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is just the latest in a string of attacks on trans equality in the past few months. As well as banning transgender people from serving in the

EVS Volunteer Tatiana Participated in the Mid-Term Training in Trakai

Last September week I commenced my second half of the EVS with perfectly organized mid-term training. The training took place in the beautiful city of Trakai just 22 km away from Vilnius, surrounded by wonderful lakes and greenery. This experience was elevating and uplifting in so many ways. My mid-term training was filled with numerous