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(My) On-Arrival Training in Trakai

I’m a new volunteer in Vilnius, working at The National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL; I’m from Rome, Italy, so this country it’s really different from what I’m used to, but also interesting because of this. I did my On-arrival Training after just four days from my arrival in Vilnius, so for me it was a

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Movie Evenings in LGL’s Community Centre

It has been quite some time since LGL hosted its’ last movie evening. In addition, since we missed it so much, our new EVS volunteer Giordano took initiative on engaging LGBT community by bringing movie evenings to our events’ calendar. Last week, everyone came for Gaycation (documentary series) screening. It follows Ellen Page and Ian

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Slovenia Allows Same-Sex Marriage

Country’s first lesbian wedding took place last weekend, but gay couples are not allowed to adopt. Slovenia permitted same-sex marriage for the first time, with a law coming into effect that gives gay couples largely the same rights as heterosexuals, but bars them from jointly adopting children, Reuters reported. At least one same-sex couple got married in Slovenia

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Gay Movie “Moonlight” Wins the Oscars After Dramatic Mistake

Moonlight has made Oscars history as the first gay-themed film to win Best Picture and was a win for LGBTI people of colour everywhere. In what is set to become arguably the most memorable moment in an Academy Awards ceremony ever, Moonlight won Best Picture after it was mistakenly announced as La La Land. On

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LGL‘s Executive Director Participated in a Conference on LGBTIQ Road Map in Malta

On February 22d-23rd, 2017 Vladimir Simonko, Executive Director of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, participated in a high level ministerial conference on LGBTIQ road map, held on the occasion of the presidency of the Council of the EU in Malta. The conference on LGBTIQ road map witnessed the first reporting back on the European

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Access to Registered Same-sex Partnerships: It’s a Question of Equality

There is a growing trend in Europe and beyond towards granting same-sex couples legal recognition for their relationships, which confers certain specific protections. The first country to provide “registered partnerships” was Denmark in 1989, while The Netherlands was first to adopt same-sex marriage in 2001. Today, 47 countries in the world, 27 of which are

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Students from Vilnius University visited LGBT* centre

On 20th of February, 2017 students from Vilnius University, Faculty of Communication, visited LGBT* centre. In the beginning of the meeting, students shortly introduced themselves and spoke about their interests. Moreover, students shared their knowledge about LGBT* human rights issues. Some have admitted that they know at least one LGBT* person in their close environment,

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Finnish Parliament Votes Down Efforts to Reverse Equal Marriage

Finland’s Parliament has voted down efforts to scupper plans for same-sex marriage to become legal just days before it is set to become law. In November 2014, the Finnish Parliament passed a citizens’ initiative on gender-neutral marriage by a tight vote of 105-92, after a number of previous defeats. The country’s President Sauli Niinistö signed marriage

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First Gay Couple Cleared to Adopt In the Czech Republic

Everything is now in place for the men at the center of last year’s discrimination suit to proceed with an adoption. Last June saw a major victory for the Czech gay and lesbian community when a discriminatory provision in the Registered Partnership Act was annulled in the country’s Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic. The

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In a key vote on gender equality in mental health, the European Parliament has urged for stronger action on trans and intersex people’s mental health. The Parliament deplores that transgender people are still considered mentally ill, and highlights that this diagnoses “is a source of significant distress for transgender persons”. It adds that “every child

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Thousands of UK Men Posthumously Pardoned for Historic Gay Sex Crimes

Thousands of gay and bisexual men were posthumously pardoned for historic gay sex crimes last month on January 31, 2017. The Policing and Crime Bill, known as ‘Turing’s Law’, gives pardons to anyone who has died with a crime on their record but only if it would not be considered a crime today. ‘This is

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Science Proved Why Trans Kids Need to Be Themselves

A new study has revealed the benefits of letting transgender kids be themselves. Mental health issues such as depression and anxiety are far higher among trans people than cisgendered, especially among children. But now a study has explained in science why letting trans kids just be themselves is better for them. The new study, published