Homeland Union

Lithuanian Homeland Union Party Torn by Disagreements on Same-Sex Partnerships

On September 10, 2016 the members of the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats party convened a Council meeting. Since Gabrielius Landsbergis, MEP and the Chairman of the Homeland Union party, had spoken about his support for same-sex partnerships, Irena Degutienė, the party’s Vice-Chairperson, felt the need to address the divisions within the party on

People holding rainbow flags, takes part in the Gay Pride parade in Belgrade on September 18, 2016. 
The Belgrade Gay Pride parade, the third in a row since the event was marred by violence in 2010, was held without incidents amid tight security as thousands of riot police officers were deployed in the city center. / AFP / Oliver BUNIC        (Photo credit should read OLIVER BUNIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Belgrade Pride goes off without incident despite fears of extremist attack

A Pride parade in Serbia’s capital went off without incident today, with the theme ‘Love Heals the World’. Thousands of police lined the streets today in Belgrade for fear that the parade would be attacked by extremists, as has happened in the past. As well as police on the ground being deployed hours in advance


Aruba votes to recognise same-sex unions with marriage-equivalent benefits

Aruba just gave its same-sex couples the right to legally register their unions and to receive benefits equivalent to those afforded to married couples. The legislature on Friday voted to recognise the unions. Benefits include being able to make medical decisions on behalf of their partner and the right to receive pension payments after the


Boardgame nights are back!

After the long break the boardgame nights are back in LGL community centre! First of them took place last Thursday, September 8th and we can not imagine better start of the autumn season in LGL. A lot of new faces, names on stickers, some chill-out music, cookies, tea and coffee and various board games –


Bolivia’s transgender citizens get updated ID cards under new gender law

The local transgender community in Bolivia is celebrating the country’s new gender law which allows trans individuals to register for identity cards with updated personal information. Last week, trans activist Pamela Geraldine Valenzuela was the first to get her new updated ID card in a ceremony presided over by the mayor of La Paz, Luis


Thousands protest same-sex marriage in Mexico

More than 50,000 people have joined demonstrations across Mexico protesting same-sex marriage, according to authorities. The president proposed legalizing gay marriage in May, but the initiative has stalled. Tens of thousands of people on Saturday took to the streets in Mexico to protest President Enrique Pena Nieto’s proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in the predominantly

BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM:  Christopher Patrick Flangan (R) and his partner Henry Emmauel Kane (L) kiss as they come out of Belfast City Hall in Northern Ireland, 19 December 2005 after exchanging  vows. The first civil partnership ceremonies for gay couples in the UK are being held in Northern Ireland today, followed by Scotland on Tuesday and England and Wales on Wednesday. AFP PHOTO/PETER MUHLY  (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Civil partnerships collapse as couples opt for marriage instead in England and Wales

The numbers of civil partnership registrations in England and Wales has plunged below 1000 for the first time – as couples opt to marry instead. Civil partnerships were introduced as under Tony Blair’s premiership in 2004 to allow gay unions ‘separate’ from marriage. Following the introduction of same-sex marriage in England and Wales in 2014, the


Sex reassignment surgery is now legal in the United Arab Emirates

Transgender people can now get legal sex reassignment surgery in the United Arab Emirates. The government has passed Federal Decree No 4, a series of changes to reduce doctors’ criminal liability. Under the new law, doctors can perform sex reassignment surgery as long as the patient shows they are suffering from gender dysphoria. The law


Marriage Equality Generates Unprecedented Backlash In Mexico

Marriage equality has spread through many Mexico states with little controversy, but conservatives are taking to the streets now that the president has joined the cause. Opponents of marriage equality have announced protests throughout Mexico this month, hoping to kill a proposal from President Enrique Peña Nieto that seeks to override barriers to marriage for


Representatives of the U.S. Embasy in Vilnius visited LGL

On September 8th, 2016 the LGBT* Centre of the national LGBT* organization LGL was visited by the representatives of the U.S. Embasy in Vilnius: Ted Janis, Human Rights Officer, and Giedra Gurevičiūtė-Demereckienė, Political/Economic specialist. Tomas Vytautas Raskevičius, Policy Coordinator (Human Rights) of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, made ​​a presentation about the situation of

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - JUNE 21:  A view of the Pulse Nightclub sign on June 21, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Orlando community continues to mourn deadly mass shooting at gay club.  The Orlando community continues to mourn the June 12 shooting at the Pulse nightclub in what is being called the worst mass shooting in American history, Omar Mir Seddique Mateen killed 49 people at the popular gay nightclub early last Sunday. Fifty-three people were wounded in the attack which authorities and community leaders are still trying to come to terms with. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

Museum preserves memorial to Orlando victims

A museum in Florida is to preserve a memorial laid for the 49 victims of the Orlando massacre. The Orange County Regional History Centre has collected around 3.500 items left outside Pulse nightclub since the atrocity in June. The items, that were left in tribute, included stuffed animals, personalised notes and drawings. The centre is also


Baltic Pride Déjà vu Party: Win a Trip to Stockholm!

Community’s favorite “Pride House” will open its doors for one more evening. On the 24th of September, 2016 at 9:00 P.M., jazz bar “Paviljonas” will host the Baltic Pride Déjà vu party. During the party we will remember the colorful moments of Baltic Pride 2016 and have a good time together with lots of fun