NGOs from around the world welcomed a landmark statement on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, delivered at the United Nations Human Rights Council by Norway on behalf of 54 States. The statement condemns human rights violations directed against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, commends the work of UN mechanisms and

European Parliament’s Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights launched its new website

The European Parliament’s Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights launched its new website in a meeting organised during the November Strasbourg session of the European Parliament. After having closed the website for several weeks, the Intergroup’s website features a refreshed design, improved functions to help raise awareness and ease of communication. A fuller brief of

Lithuania: no right to inform minors about homosexuality?

The Lithuanian Gay League was angered by the initiative put forward in the Seimas (Lithuanian Parliament) to treat information related to the propagation of homosexual relations as having a negative impact on the physical, mental and moral development of minors. The leaders of this organization maintain that such a provision would be equivalent to discrimination

Latvia finally bans sexual orientation discrimination in employment

ILGA-Europe welcomes this long-awaited decision and thanks the Latvian politicians who supported this amendment and stood against prejudice and discrimination. However, ILGA-Europe remains concerned that it took Latvia such a long and bitter battle to implement this legislation despite the country’s obligation as EU member state to implement EU directives. During the parliamentary debate, some

UK: Law firms must challenge perception of discrimination among gay, lesbian solicitors

The Law Society has published its first report on the career experiences of gay and lesbian solicitors. The report focuses on the factors determining whether a gay or lesbian solicitor would be open about their sexuality in their workplace. Most participants acknowledged that they were reluctant to come out at work for fear that it

“Workers Out!”- Make a Difference

In the spirit of the two declarations adopted during the previous Workers Out Conferences held in Amsterdam in 1998 and in Sydney in 2002 as well as the one carried at the International LGBT Forum of EI-PSI in 2004 and the goals that were determined at the time, the delegates to the third “Workers Out!”

The Employment Equality Directive requires EU Member States to prohibit sexual orientation discrimination in the field of employment. This book is the first to assess to what degree the Directive’s requirements have been met by the twenty-five Member States and by Bulgaria and Romania. The authors discuss the relevant aspects of EU law and provide

Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to be able to take part in these first world “Outgames”, at least as a speaker, for I think that events like this help to raise the profile of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities across the world through sport. Please allow me to begin my speech with

Fire brigades in Scotland recruit gay officers

SCOTLAND’S fire service is attempting to shed its “macho” image in a nationwide drive to recruit gay officers. Posters have been distributed in gay bars and clubs across the country as part of the equality campaign. Four of Scotland’s eight fire brigades are behind the move, which has also seen firefighters taking part in a

Traditionally, gay and lesbian employees in USA have found little in the law to protect them from discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Times are changing, however, and a growing number of employers are finding themselves responsible for providing a workplace that’s free of harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation. While there is no

New research reveals the situation of homosexuals in Lithuania

The researchers from Kaunas Vytautas Magnus University conducted a research “Homosexuals in public and private spaces: socialistic and postsoviet context in Lithuania”. Below are the main thesis and results of this research, which is the first step towards sociological analysis of homosexual people in Lithuania. Transformation in the sphere of gender and sexuality was caused

This survey provides an analysis of the views of the European Business Test Panel (EBTP), a representative sample of around 3000 businesses from the 25 Member States of the European Union, on workplace diversity and anti-discrimination. 798 responses received. Which of the following diversity areas / ground of discrimination do your diversity policies address? Gender