Refugee homes for homosexuals set to open in Nuremberg and Berlin

An LGBT community group in Nuremberg has announced plans to open what looks to be Germany’s first shelter for homosexual asylum seekers. The move follows a number of attacks and discrimination against gay refugees LGBT group and operators of the accommodation “Fliederlich” said on Monday that up to 10 gay and lesbian refugees will be

Eurovision star V. Baumila performed at LGL‘s party

After 22 years of work, the National LGBT* rights organization LGL seems to know well how to bring the LGBT* community together and how to party. Even though officially LGL turned 22 on the 3rd of December, 2015 its birthday party took place just this month – for a special reason: LGL did not just

In a resolution the European Parliament has expressed its concern regarding “discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity.” The adopted text is a recommendation from the Parliament to EU Member States to speak out for LGBTI people at the United Nations Human Rights

Canada university establishes world’s first chair of transgender studies

The University of Victoria in British Columbia has established the world’s first chair of transgender studies, it announced on Friday (15 January). Sociology professor and transgender man Aaron Devor will research a broad range of issues affecting the community, such as healthcare, poverty, discrimination and suicide. ‘Far too many trans and gender nonconforming people still

Lebanese judge rules trans man can legally change gender

A Lebanese judge has ruled that a transgender man can legally change his gender in the country’s civil registry. Judge Janet Hanna of the Court of Appeals of Beirut last September ruled in favor of the trans man who had undergone sex-reassignment surgery. Her decision was released on Friday. Dr. Omar Fattal, president of the

Taiwan elects new President who supports equal marriage

A vocal supporter of same-sex marriage has been elected as Taiwan’s new President. The country, known variously as Taiwan, the Republic of China and Chinese Taipei, made a bold step today by electing Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party as President. As well as being the country’s first female President, Ms Tsai is an outspoken

Football teams fined by FIFA after fans chant homophobic jibes

FIFA has fined six football associations following homophobic chanting during 2018 World Cup qualifying matches.     Chile, Argentina and Mexico are among six football associations that have had disciplinary proceedings opened against them by FIFA due to homophobic chants by their fans. Chile’s fine is related to anti-gay abuse chanted throughout all four of

The UK government’s first inquiry into transgender equality has said the legal, healthcare and criminal justice systems are failing the country’s 650,000 ‘gender incongruent’ people. The report, released on (Wednesday) 13 January, made more than 30 recommendations, emphasizing the need to update existing legislation and provide better services, especially in the NHS. ‘The committee took evidence on a very wide range

Asexual Perspective: When Violence is as Invisible as Orientation

Delving into the issue of domestic and dating violence against lesbians, bisexual women and transwomen, we have decided to talk to a member of the Lithuanian LGBT* community, whose orientation falls under the so called “asterisk” of the community. The orientation we are speaking about is asexuality. Since some members of the Lithuanian LGBT* community

Two men arrested in Morocco after video of their kiss goes viral

Two Moroccan men have been arrested after a video of them kissing caused outrage online.     The strong reaction to the video – which quickly went viral – led to authorities to arrest the men on Friday (January 7). The video – which shows two unidentified silhouettes kissing inside a classroom – was filmed in the

On January 8th, 2016 the National LGBT* rights organization LGL visited the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Lithuania to host a training “Protection against Discrimination on the Grounds of Gender Identity and Gender Expression: Luxury or Necessity?” for the Office’s lawyers and staff. During the training in the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office

Pope Francis explains his phrase ‘who am I to judge?’

In 2013, Pope Francis made waves when in a press conference he said ‘who am I to judge’  when asked how he deals with LGBTI people. In the upcoming book The Name of God is Mercy, the pontiff offers a fuller explanation of his comment. ‘On that occasion I said this: If a person is gay