On 15th June, 2017 the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania voted down a proposal by liberal MPs to amend the Civil Code of the Republic of Lithuania, aiming to recognize the legal status of both different-sex and same-sex couples. 29 members of the Lithuanian Parliament voted in favor of the proposal, 59 voted against,

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The Rainbow Days 2017 Awards Given to Former Lithuanian MPs

Marija Aušrinė Pavilionienė and Dalia Kuodytė, former members of the Parliament of Republic of Lithuania, were honored with the Rainbow Days 2017 Awards. During the event at the local LGBT* community center, the representatives of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL presented the Rainbow Days 2017 Award for contributions to the LGBT* human rights movement


Cambodian Students Will Learn LGBTI ‘Life Skills’

Children from grade 1 will learn that it is ok to be gay. The Cambodian government is planning to introduce a new school course to teach students about LGBTI issues, sexuality and gender. Called ‘Life Skills’ the course will be taught from grades 1 to 12, and coursework will be introduced from grade 5. The


The Equality March for Unity & Pride took place in Washington D.C.

The Equality March for Unity and Pride, a protest by and for LGBTI people, took place on Sunday 11 June. In January, the Women’s March took place in Washington D.C. In April, it was the People’s Climate March. And today, during Pride month, thousands are taking to the D.C. streets for the Equality March. Since


Board Games Evening Held at the LGBT* Centre

On 8th June, 2017 the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL held a fun and relaxing board games evening in the LGBT* community center. It was attended by more than a dozen of local and international young people currently living in Vilnius. LGL’s EVS volunteers Tatiana and Giordano made sure that the guests would enjoy a


Chilean President to Introduce Same-sex Marriage Bill

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Thursday said her government will introduce a same-sex marriage bill in the coming months. La Tercera, a Chilean newspaper, reported Bachelet made the announcement during a speech to the country’s Congress. “It cannot be that old prejudices are stronger than love,” she said, according to La Tercera. Government reached agreement


‘Same-sex marriage is an affirmation LGBTI people are supported and integrated in Maltese society’ Malta has elected a new prime minister, and he is determined to pass same-sex marriage by the end of July. The small southern European island has civil unions, envious trans and intersex laws, and is the only European country to ban

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LGL is Looking for an Intern!

Do you want to gain valuable work experience in a non-governmental organization and contribute to LGBT * human rights progress in Lithuania? Do you seek to acquire useful skills in communication, law or community work? Are you actively looking for an opportunity to participate in social activities? Then this advertisement is dedicated for you! The


Gay Man Poised to Become Next Irish Prime Minister

An openly gay man is poised to become Ireland’s next prime minister. Members of the ruling Fine Gael party on June 2 elected Leo Varadkar, who is of Indian descent, as their next leader. Varadkar, 38, will likely succeed outgoing Prime Minister Enda Kenny when the Irish Parliament votes later this month. Varadkar, who is


We Run Vilnius 2017 – Our Volunteer Tatiana Enjoyed it to the Fullest!

Last Sunday June 4 was all about sports, health and good vibes in the streets of Vilnius. Thousands of participants took part in the annual We Run Vilnius event and participated in 3 categories, half marathon, 10 and 5 kilometers. Our EVS volunteer Tatiana from Slovakia represented the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL with a


In a meeting room of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania, a conference entitled “Prospects of securing transgender persons´ human rights in Lithuania” took place.  Among all the voices in the conference, one of them stood out, despite the fact that it was not in the official programme. That was the voice of Tovaldas;

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LaDiva Live: “Progress is Being Made in Lithuania”

On a stage he is the colorful performer LaDiva Live, but without the makeup and the dress, he turns back to 40 year-old French-Algerian Hocine. “But do not call me transgender, it would not be true. I am a gay man who embodies a stage persona,” explained drag artist visiting Vilnius for the second time.