Anti-Homophobia day celebration at the Fondation Serovie in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo by Katie Orlinsky

Haitian Senate Approves Bill to Ban Same-sex Marriage

The Haitian Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would ban same-sex marriages and punish those who enter into them. Le Nouvelliste, a Haitian newspaper, reported senators approved the measure that Sen. Carl Murat Cantave introduced by a 14-1 vote margin. La Nouvelliste also reported one senator abstained. Agence France-Presse reported “the parties, co-parties and


LGL’s Volunteers Tatiana and Giordano Shared Their EVS Experience

On 31st July, 2017 European Volunteering Service (EVS) volunteers Tatiana and Giordano prepared another community event on the premises of LGL’s LGBT* Center. This time they presented various European projects and initiatives, as well as their own experience with the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL as volunteers. Moreover, Tatiana and Giordano were joined by Maciek


Australian State Recognizes Same-sex Marriages

‘From now on, no spouse will have to face the indignity of having their relationship denied.’ South Australia’s reforms for recognition of same-sex couples married overseas and anti-discrimination against intersex people came into effect today. The changes to the law happened after UK citizen David Bulmer-Rizzi died on his honeymoon in South Australia in 2015.


Iran LGBTIs Will March Proudly for the First Time

In Iran, being gay is punishable by death. This means the possibility of a large Pride march through the capital remains a long time away. But a burgeoning group of LGBTI people are not waiting for the perfect day, they are taking a stand now. In Amsterdam, Iranians will have its first boat in the


LGL Briefs Council of Europe on Execution of L. v. Lithuania

On July 27th, 2017 the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL and the Human Rights Monitoring Institute (HRMI) informed the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe about the process of executing the judgement in the case L. v. Lithuania by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) at the national level. The civil society

All participants at the end of the Activist Academy

Activist Academy 2017 is a first edition of five days long intensive skills-based training programme for young people who are interested in LGBTQI+ rights. It is organized by IGLYO (The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Youth & Student Organisation). This year the hosting organization was Lambda Jugendnetzwerk and it took place in Berlin, on

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LGL Volunteers Participated at the Discussion on Erasmus+ Possibilities

On 25th July, 2017 volunteers from the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL, Tatiana and Giordano, participated at the discussion organized by the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR). It was held in Vilnius Youth Information Center and attended by four different organizations. LGL was one of them. The main purpose of the event was for


On 30th June, 2017 Gražina Ramanauskaitė-Tiumenevienė, Inspector of Journalist Ethics of the Republic of Lithuania, reached a decision on a complaint lodged by Eglė Kuktoraitė, Communications Coordinator of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL. The Inspector issued promoter (disseminator) Laurynas Ragelskis a warning for the Law on the Provision of Information to the Public of


Lithuanian President Approves Discrimination of Registered Partners from EU

Despite the appeal by the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL, the Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė signed the amendments to the Law on Equal Opportunities into the law on 24th July, 2017. The amendments in question were passed by the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania on 11th July, 2017 and establish a definition of “family

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European Commission Acts to Reach Representation Diversity

A new Diversity and Inclusion Charter and fresh action to reach at least 40% women in its management by 1 November 2019 are two key features of the Commission’s new human resources policy. The purpose is to create a better workplace for all – including women, staff with disabilities, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Intersex

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Chris Christie Signs Transgender Rights Bills Into Law

Chris Christie has bucked the trend for Republicans by signing two pro-trans bills into law. The embattled Governor of New Jersey, who faces a Democratic-controlled state legislature, took aback many of his party colleagues with the announcement last week. While Republicans across the country have pushed anti-LGBT legislation aimed at rolling back transgender rights, Christie signed


In June, 2017 the National LGBT* rights organization LGL launched a national school environment survey for LGBT* students. In less than a month, the survey has been completed by 1300 Lithuanian students, 500 of whom identify as LGBT* students. The first responses by LGBT* students indicate that they do not feel safe at school. According