To remind of the unity and the fun we had during Baltic Pride in June 2016 and create more wonderful memories, the National LGBT Rights Organization LGL organized the Baltic Pride Déjà vu Party that took place on September 24th 2016. The party was hosted by a cozy jazz bar Paviljonas, hidden amongst the trees


European Parliament urges Tunisia to decriminalise homosexuality

In a vote on EU – Tunisia relations, the European Parliament has urged Tunisia to decriminalise homosexuality. Currently, Article 230 of the Penal Code foresees three years imprisonment for ‘sodomy’. Over the past year a dozen of people have been arrested under this law. This stands in stark contrast with 2014 Constitution, which has been

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Five Homophobic Bills Listed in Lithuanian Parliament’s Autumn Agenda

On September 14th the Lithuanian Parliament adopted its autumn agenda, preparing to debate on five legislative amendments and legislative initiatives that seek to restrict and openly violate LGBT rights as well as the international commitments to uphold freedom of expression and to fight discrimination. First, there is the infamous Article 38 of the Constitution of


Campaign #LAISVA_LT Presented on Lithuanian Television

Mėta Adutavičiūtė, Advocacy officer of Human Rights Monitoring Institute and one of campaign #LAISVA_LT initiators and implementers, yesterday presented the campaign of Lithuanian TV channel InfoTV program “Infodiena”. Recording of the show in Lithuanian:


LGBT Centre Hosted Annual LGL Members Meeting

On September 24th, 2016 the LGBT* centre hosted an Annual LGL Member Meeting. Narrative and financial LGL reports for 2015 and other organizational questions were discussed during the Annual LGL Member Meeting. During the Annual LGL Member Meeting Vladimir Simonko, Executive Director of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, presented activities and projects implemented in


Trans couple make history after giving birth to baby

A South American couple, both of whom are trans, have made history by giving birth to their first child. This is the first baby to born to transgender parents in South America. Fernando Machado and Diane Rodriguez grew up in Ecuador, and met online, they told the BBC. ‘We are the same as other families.


European Parliament calls for further protection LGBTI people at work

In a report on the implementation of the EU’s Employment Equality Directive, the European parliament has called for further measures to improve the protection of LGBTI people at the work floor, and beyond. The Directive, which was adopted in 2001, bans discrimination on the basis of age, (dis)ability, sexual orientation and religion and belief, in


The Conservatives Support Same-Sex Partnerships in Lithuania?

The candidates to Lithuanian Seimas felt the need to speak about tolerance and human rights prior to the upcoming election to the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania. Gabrielius Landsbergis, MEP and the Chairman of the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats party, expressed his support for same-sex partnerships during the discussion, organized by youth


Trans man becomes first person to seek gender surgery in United Arab Emirates

This would be the first legal case of gender reassignment surgery in United Arab Emirates history. A trans Emirati man is petitioning the Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance for permission to have gender assignment surgery. The 29-year-old is the first person in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) legal history to bring a case of


Guernsey officially approves same-sex marriage

Guernsey has officially approved same-sex couples to marry on 21 September. Members of the States has voted 33 to 5 to legalize same-sex marriage. Until today, the Channel island was one of the only places in the UK that did not allow either civil partnerships or same-sex marriage. In June 2015, Guernsey launched a consultation


T. V. Raskevičius. Same Sex Families – Reality or Propaganda?

National LGBT rights organization’s LGL human rights policy coordinator, Tomas Vytautas Raskevičius: “In order to avoid any misinterpretations of the presented arguments I want to underline two facts. First of all, according to Article 38 of The Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania “Marriage shall be concluded upon the free mutual consent of man and


Earlier this month National LGBT rights organization LGL, together with a team of experts conducted a series of trainings on homophobic and transphobic hate crimes to the students of the Lithuanian Police School.  Such trainings for the Lithuanian law enforcement that would exclusively deal with the victimization of LGBT* persons have been organized for the