Lebanese homosexuals, human rights activists and members from the NGO Helem (the Arabic acronym of "Lebanese Protection for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders") attend an anti-homophobia rally in Beirut on April 30, 2013 to condemn the arrest on the weekend of three gay men and one transgender civilian in the town of Dekwaneh east of Beirut at a nightclub who were allegedly verbally and sexually harassed at the municipality headquarters. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID        (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

Lebanon is Getting Closer to Decriminalising Homosexuality

A judge in Lebanon has conceded that homosexuality should not be illegal in a landmark case that may change the future of LGBT people living in the country. Judge Rabih Maalouf declared that “homosexuality is a personal choice, and not a punishable offence” in the ruling which referenced Article 183. The article states that “An

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NGOs met to discuss the under-reporting of the hate crimes in Lithuania

On January 27th national LGBT rights organization LGL invited representatives from other non-governmental organizations to the discussion “HATE NO MORE: the circumstance of the under-reporting of the hate crimes in Lithuania”. During the meeting NGOs addressed one of the biggest challenges – the latency of hate crimes, the number of reports of the hate motivated

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Model Hanne Gaby Odiele Reveals She Is Intersex

Belgian fashion model Hanne Gaby Odiele has revealed she is intersex and that she has gone public in an attempt to reduce the stigma around the condition and encourage other people to embrace their status. The 29-year-old was born with internal testes and without a uterus or ovaries due to a condition called androgen insensitivity

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Lush Features a Gay Couple in Their Valentine’s Ad

The handmade cosmetics brand has some Valentine’s Day goodies that everyone can use. Lush released a Valentine’s Day advertising campaign featuring gay couples and people are loving it. The handmade cosmetics brand posted a photo of a gay couple sharing a bath together. The Lush website banner also includes a lesbian couple playing with bubbles in

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Controversial statements by the Lithuanian MP Agnė Širinskienė, Chair of the Committee on Health Affairs of Seimas and the member of the Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union Party, are being debated in the Council of Europe. Being familiar with the MP’s claims that „homosexuality is not an innate trait, but a decision to perform homosexual

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Same-sex Marriage Concluded Abroad Recognized by Appeals Court in Estonia

An appeals court in Estonia has overturned the ruling of a first-tier court and ordered the Harju County Government to enter a marriage concluded between two men in Sweden into the national population register, gay rights nonprofit MTÜ SEKY said on Tuesday, 24 January 2017. In 2015, the county government refused to enter into Estonia’s

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Australia Says No to Civil Celebrants Allowed to Reject Same Sex Marriages

92.6% of LGBTI survey respondents are against civil celebrants being exempt from performing same-sex marriages due to religious convictions. A survey of LGBTI Australians reveals concerns about legal discrimination in refusing to perform same-sex marriages. Funded by PFLAG, the survey showed huge opposition among LGBTI Australians to exemptions targeted exclusively at same-sex couples. When asked

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Israelian Food Journalist Gil Hovav Visited LGL`s Community Center

Gil Hovav, the leading culinary journalist and TV personality in Israel, visited the LGL`s community centre on January 20, 2017. The event was organized in collaboration with Embassy of Israel in Lithuania. This delightful event provided with an opportunity for LGL`s community members to learn about the situation of LGBT* people in Israel. Israel is

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European Parliament Condemns Homophobia in Indonesia

Last Thursday, January 19, 2017 the European Parliament adopted a resolution in which it condemns the growing intolerance towards LGBTI people in Indonesia. In the resolution, the European Parliament “strongly condemns all acts of violence, harassment and intimidation against minorities” and “calls on the government and lawmakers to refrain from further restricting the rights of

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Hip-Hop Artist Taylor Bennett Comes Out as Bisexual to Mark 21st Birthday

Hip-Hop artist Taylor Bennett who’s the younger brother of Chance the Rapper has come out as bisexual in a series of tweets on Wednesday. Bennett is celebrating his 21st birthday on Thursday and to mark the occasion, he went on social media to tell his fan something few people know about. He wrote on Twitter: ‘My

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Sri Lanka Just Took a Decision on Whether to Legalise Homosexuality

Sri Lanka’s top politicians have taken a decision on legalising homosexuality. The cabinet met yesterday to discuss proposals to decriminalise same-sex acts. Currently same-sex acts, by a person of any gender, are illegal under Sri Lankan law. Households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for any the protection given to married couples. Some private

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Nominate your candidates for the Rainbow Appreciation Award 2016!

The Office of Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson and the National Equality and Diversity Forum are organizing the fourth annual National Equality and Diversity Awards. The Awards will honor persons, organizations, projects and initiatives which contributed to the promotion and advancement of equality and diversity in Lithuania in 2016. We invite everyone to present nominations for all