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LGL’s Executive Director re-elected to ILGA-Europe Board for the Second Term

On November 1-4, 2017 during the 21st Annual ILGA-Europe Conference, organized in Warsaw, LGL’s Executive Director Vladimir Simonko was re-elected to the organization’s Board for the period of 2018-2019. “I’m pleased that for the 2018-2019 term, Lithuania will remain visible with a representative on the Board of the international LGBTI organization,” commented the Executive Director

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Activists are calling on foreign nations to oppose the bill before it’s too late. Egypt is set to enact one of the world’s most sweeping and extreme pieces of anti-LGBTQ legislation following a harsh crackdown on the local queer community. On Wednesday, member of parliament Ryad Abdel Sattar introduced a bill that would criminalize homosexuality

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The Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson of the Republic of Lithuania has determined that current laws regulating conditions for acceptance into assisted living facilities in Lithuania discriminate against people living with HIV or AIDS. The study was initiated by a complaint in which one individual wrote that the administration of an assisted living facility

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Intersex Awareness Day: Commemorating the Intersex Version of Stonewall

Intersex Awareness Day commemorates what I call ‘intersex Stonewall.’ On 26 October 1996, two intersex activists were removed from the American Academy of Pediatrics Conference in Boston. They tried to address the conference to challenge the treatment of intersex children, which still includes surgeries and other unnecessary and irreversible intervention to ‘normalize’ their genitals. That

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2nd Nordic Rainbow History & Art Month comes to Vilnius

On October 25th 2017, the 2nd Nordic Rainbow History & Art Month took place in Vilnius, with participants from numerous countries including Great Britain, Sweden, Portugal, U.S.A, Italy and Lithuania. There were three main speakers, Tony Fenwick from Schools OUT UK, Giordano Campanelli, an EVS volunteer at LGL and Bill Schiller from Tulipak (Network of Nordic Rainbow

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Two police raids in LGBT* community gathering places reported this weekend in Minsk

Human rights groups and Belarusian independent media are currently reporting that police raids took place in two clubs frequented by the Minsk LGBT* community on October 21st. “It all happened around midnight,” recalls a witness who was in one of the LGBT* venues, club Burlesque, on on the night from Friday to Saturday when the

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Epidemic of Hate in Lithuania: To Report, or Not to Report?

“Burn the faggots!”, “Kill them!” – said a flood of Facebook comments a few years ago on a picture of two young hay men kissing, which the couple had taken to celebrate the start of their relationship. “So you really were not trying to ‘hit on’ this person who attacked you?” – a gay Italian

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Lithuanian Parliament Adopts Family Law: No to Same-Sex Families

On 19 October 2017 the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania adopted the Law on Strengthening Families. The law established the family model exclusively based on a marriage between a man and a woman, thus discriminating other alternative families. 60 MPs voted in favor of the new legislation, 5 MPs voted against and 9 MPs

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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

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“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

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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

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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