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Final ‘Hate No More’ Conference took place in Warsaw

From December 12-13th, 2016, representatives of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL and international project partners and experts took part in the final “Hate No More” conference in Warsaw. During the conference, activities implemented by the project were reviewed and a study was presented on the needs of people affected by homophobic and transphobic violence

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Malta Looks to Guide Europe on Social Issues in Upcoming EU Presidency

Slovakia’s time at the helm of the EU’s rotating presidency has not been completely smooth sailing and its successor, Malta, will hope to guide the bloc’s agenda controversy-free. Recent successes in social issues point towards a presidency quite different from the last. During its six months holding its first EU presidency, Slovakia faced criticism about

A same sex couple cut a cake during a mass "wedding" party event in Taipei on August 21, 2011.  About 80 lesbian couples tied the knot in Taiwan's biggest same-sex wedding party in the hope that the island will soon follow New York to legalise gay marriage, organisers said. Same sex marriages are currently not legally recognised in Taiwan.  AFP PHOTO / Sam YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)

Bill to legalise same-sex marriage in Taiwan ‘will be passed’ soon

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Caucus Whip has said that a bill to legalise same-sex marriage in Taiwan “will be passed” in 2017. The country is one of the most progressive in Asia on LGBT rights, providing some LGBT rights protections and allowing some limited recognition of same-sex relationships. Ker Chien-ming said that he holds no “loating

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Jerusalem LGBT group sees ‘incremental’ progress

JERUSALEM — A small rainbow flag that hangs from the second floor of a nondescript building on HaSoreg Street near Jerusalem’s Zion Square is the only visible sign that the offices of Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance are inside. Tom Canning, director of development of the local LGBT advocacy group, on Nov. 13

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Malta bans conversion therapy

Malta last week became the first country in Europe to ban so-called conversion therapy. The Associated Press reported the Maltese Parliament on Monday unanimously approved a bill that would prohibit the widely discredited practice in the small archipelago that is located in the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and the North African coast. Those who violate

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Cherokee Nation to legalize gay marriage

The Cherokee Nation‘s attorney general has said the tribe must lift the ban on same-sex marriage. According to a report, the current law violates a tribal requirement for all of its citizens to be treated equally. The Cherokee Nation’s Attorney General has issued an opinion declaring bans on same-sex marriage to be in violation of

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Christmas Party with Volunteers in LGL!

Did you participate in our Christmas party? It was awesome! Not only did we have karaoke with terrible choirs and legendary 80s music, but a female Santa (it was about time) came to visit! She brought her pregnant daughter to give away presents for talented performers. If you participated, relive some of the best party

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Season’s Greetings and Colorful Wishes for the New Year!

2016 was a year of exciting challenges and adventures for the National LGBT* rights organization LGL. Thanks to your encouragement and support, LGL implemented many meaningful activities in order to improve the LGBT* human rights situation in Lithuania. Thanks to you, the Baltic Pride 2016 March for Equality, held in Vilnius this June, was an

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LGL Shares Good Practice at Council of Europe on Training Law Enforcement Officials

On December 6th-7th, 2016 the Policy Coordinator (Human Rights) of the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL Tomas Vytautas Raskevičius and the Deputy Head of Police Activity Division of the Lithuanian Police School Vilius Velička participated in a multilateral meeting on police’s role in combating discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and (or) gender identity, organized

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New Report Takes Stock of Fundamental Rights in the EU, Including LGBTI Rights

On December 13, 2016, the European Parliament adopted a new comprehensive report on fundamental rights in the EU.  The report assesses how fundamental rights are implemented in the EU, and what must still be done to reach standards laid down in the Charter of Fundamental Rights. The document includes an extensive snapshot of the situation

2016: Top 10 Most Memorable Activities of LGL

1. Baltic Pride 2016 March for Equality On 18th June, 2016 a crowd of 3000 Lithuanian LGBT* community members and their allies participated in the March for Equality on the central avenue in the downtown of Vilnius to celebrate the Baltic Pride 2016, the most important LGBT* community event in the Baltic states, organized by

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Neringa Dangvydė, the author of the fairytale book Amber Heart, has secured her first victory: the court will have to reexamine whether fairytales depicting homosexual characters should be considered as “harmful to minors”. The Supreme Court of Lithuania revoked previous decisions by the Vilnius County Court and Vilnius City District Court and returned the case