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Pride March in Kuala Lumpur Banned

Students faced death threats for choosing to hold the event during Ramadan. A Pride march scheduled for next month in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was canceled on May 17. The three-day LGBTI public awareness campaign was organized by a group of students at Taylor University. Pro-Islamist blogs were outraged the event would have been held on

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“Rainbow Days” 2017: Quizzes in Klaipėda & Kaunas

On May 20th-21st, 2017 the National LGBT* rights organization LGL and the Office of Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson of the Republic of Lithuania invited to the “Rainbow Days” 2017 Quizzes in Klaipėda and Kaunas. Who are the “famous” LGBT* people? What is the history of the LGBT* human rights movement? What is the legal reality of

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U.S. Military Color Guard to March in D.C. Pride Parade

An eight-member contingent of a U.S. Armed Services Color Guard, which has accompanied D.C.’s annual Capital Pride Parade since 2014, will continue that tradition this year during the June 10 parade, according to Capital Pride board president Bernie Delia. Delia said the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, which is in charge of Color Guard

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Rainbow Flag Flies High in Nepal for the First Time

The rainbow flag has flown for the first time in Nepal to mark this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT). The flag was at the United Nations House in Nepal at an event attended by LGBTI people, rainbow families, dignitaries and government officials. Blue Diamond Society is a local LGBTI organization and

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Parliamentarians in Romania will soon be asked whether or not to support the organisation of a referendum to constitutionally define family as being based solely upon the marriage between a man and a woman. On the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Members of the LGBTI Intergroup write to Romanian Parliamentarians, urging them  not to

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Lithuania’s Parliament Hosts LGBT Art Exhibit as City Hall Lights up Rainbow

Lithuania’s Parliament marked the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia this week. Marked on May 17 around the world, IDAHOT raises awareness of persecution and hate crimes faced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals and transgender people around the world. The day is heavily marked in countries that are already progressive on LGBT rights, but it is

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All 49 Countries in Europe Have Been Ranked for LGBTI Rights

Europe is generally considered to be very LGBTI-friendly, but how well are countries really doing? That’s the question the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) is looking to answer with their annual Rainbow Index and the Rainbow Europe Map. This year’s edition was released today (17 May), just in time to mark

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“Rainbow Days” 2017: Quiz in Vilnius

On May 17th, 2017 in celebrations of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), the National LGBT* rights organization LGL and the Office of Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson of the Republic of Lithuania invited to the “Rainbow Days” 2017 Quiz in Vilnius in a bar “Peronas”. Who are the “famous” LGBT* people? What is

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Lithuania First Country to Grant Asylum to Gay Men Escaping Chechnya

Lithuania has become one of the first countries to give refuge to men fleeing Chechnya because of their sexuality. It was revealed in April that the Chechen government was detaining, torturing and even killing gay and bisexual men. Lithuania’s foreign minister, Linas Linkevičius, confirmed his government granted asylum to two men. ‘I can confirm that

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Belgian Pride 2017: Get the Lowdown on Euro Capital’s LGBTI Fest This May

All you need to know ahead of parade day on 20 May, themed around ‘Crossing Borders’ The mighty Belgian Pride is back, for the 22nd year in a row. It’s one of the earliest European prides of the season, and also one of the most popular. This epic event regularly attracts 100,000 revelers from across the continent,

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Lesbian Mother Granted ‘Husband’s Rights’ in Landmark Case

A lesbian woman has been granted “husband’s rights” in a land mark case heard in Tennessee. Erica and Sabrina Witt, from Knoxville, were married and had a child together that Sabrina carried with the help of a sperm donor. However, when the couple split Erica has little legal standing in obtaining custody because she never

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Celebrating Diversity at Eurovision Party with Iconic LaDiva Live

On 13th May, 2017 the National LGBT* rights organization LGL invited to the Eurovision party in the jazz bar Paviljonas. The party, featuring live performance of iconic LaDiva Live (France), definitely became a shining jewel of the “Rainbow Days” 2017 festival. The participants of the Eurovision party celebrated diversity while enjoying live broadcast of the