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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

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Rainbow Bus: Protest Held Next to the Embassy of the Russian Federation

On 13th May, 2017 in order to draw the attention to the persecution and serious human rights violations against LGBT* people in Chechnya (Russian Federation), the National LGBT* rights organization LGL organized a protest next to the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Vilnius (Lithuania). To demonstrate solidarity with homosexual persons who were terrorized by

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Vilnius Town Hall Goes Rainbow for IDAHOT

On May 12th, 2017 the National LGBT* rights organization LGL together with foreign diplomatic missions in Lithuania and supporters organized a festive Rainbow Days 2017 event at the Vilnius Town Hall to commemorate the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). The French drag queen LaDiva Live and Lithuanian singers Ruslanas Kirilkinas and Valerija Iljinaitė

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Tormentors in Cechnya Should be Punished

The news from Chechnya, where gay and bi-sexual men are being tortured in concentration camps, have made many world leaders react strongly. Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel has protested to Russian president Vladimir Putin and more leaders of the free world have also mouthed their protest. But where does the Icelandic government stand in this

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Gay Men, Straight Women Hit by ‘Stealthing’

A recently released study about a phenomenon in which men intentionally remove a condom during anal or vaginal sex without permission from their partner — which has become known as “stealthing” — has raised legal questions about whether the practice is a form of sexual assault. HIV prevention experts affiliated with D.C.’s Whitman-Walker Health and

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Rainbow Days 2017 Festive Event to be Held at Vilnius Town Hall

On March 12, 2017 the National LGBT* rights organization LGL together with foreign diplomatic missions in Lithuania is organizing a festive Rainbow Days 2017 event at the Vilnius Town Hall to commemorate the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). During the Rainbow Days 2017 festive event, persons distinguished for their contributions to LGBT* rights