Trans man becomes first person to seek gender surgery in United Arab Emirates

This would be the first legal case of gender reassignment surgery in United Arab Emirates history. A trans Emirati man is petitioning the Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance for permission to have gender assignment surgery. The 29-year-old is the first person in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) legal history to bring a case of


Guernsey officially approves same-sex marriage

Guernsey has officially approved same-sex couples to marry on 21 September. Members of the States has voted 33 to 5 to legalize same-sex marriage. Until today, the Channel island was one of the only places in the UK that did not allow either civil partnerships or same-sex marriage. In June 2015, Guernsey launched a consultation


T. V. Raskevičius. Same Sex Families – Reality or Propaganda?

National LGBT rights organization’s LGL human rights policy coordinator, Tomas Vytautas Raskevičius: “In order to avoid any misinterpretations of the presented arguments I want to underline two facts. First of all, according to Article 38 of The Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania “Marriage shall be concluded upon the free mutual consent of man and


Earlier this month National LGBT rights organization LGL, together with a team of experts conducted a series of trainings on homophobic and transphobic hate crimes to the students of the Lithuanian Police School.  Such trainings for the Lithuanian law enforcement that would exclusively deal with the victimization of LGBT* persons have been organized for the

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 20: U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, September 20, 2016 in New York City. According to the UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon, the most pressing matter to be discussed at the General Assembly is the world's refugee crisis. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Obama condemns anti-LGBT violence in final United Nations speech as US President

President Barack Obama has made his last ever United Nations speech as US President and used it to condemn anti-LGBT violence. In the speech at the UN, President Obama warned US voters against embracing isolationism and ultra-nationalism in November’s Presidential election. He also warned against discriminating against minority groups, saying: “I do not believe progress

Pic Doug Seeburg Guardsman Chloe Allen of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards. After becoming a women she is the first female frontline soldier in the history of the British Army.

Trans soldier becomes first woman on frontline of British Army

She will be the first UK woman allowed to engage the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. Britain’s first woman soldier to serve on the frontline is transgender. Chloe Allen, who joined the service in 2012, serves as a member of 1st Battalion, the Scots Guards. She said she is proud ‘to be able to make history’.

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LGL advocates for LGBT* rights during Lithuania‘s review at the United Nations

With the aim of exploring further opportunities in raising international awareness on LGBT* human rights situation in Lithuania within the framework of the second UPR cycle, on September 14th, 2016 the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL invited the representatives of various diplomatic representations residing in Lithuania to take part in a meeting, hosted by the


Rome has just had its first same-sex union

The first same-sex civil union has been held in Rome. The ceremony has happened three months after a law came into force that accepts same sex unions. Italy was the last member of the EU to legally recognise same-sex unions. The civil union bill came about after the European Court of Human Rights upheld complaints of discrimination by


The first person in the royal family has just come out as gay

The Queen’s cousin has become the first member of the British Royal Family to come out as gay. Lord Ivar Mountbatten has revealed that he is now dating a man after a lifelong struggle with his sexuality. Mountbatten is the Queen’s cousin, the great great great grandson of Queen Victoria and the great-nephew of Earl

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Lithuanian Homeland Union Party Torn by Disagreements on Same-Sex Partnerships

On September 10, 2016 the members of the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats party convened a Council meeting. Since Gabrielius Landsbergis, MEP and the Chairman of the Homeland Union party, had spoken about his support for same-sex partnerships, Irena Degutienė, the party’s Vice-Chairperson, felt the need to address the divisions within the party on

People holding rainbow flags, takes part in the Gay Pride parade in Belgrade on September 18, 2016. 
The Belgrade Gay Pride parade, the third in a row since the event was marred by violence in 2010, was held without incidents amid tight security as thousands of riot police officers were deployed in the city center. / AFP / Oliver BUNIC        (Photo credit should read OLIVER BUNIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Belgrade Pride goes off without incident despite fears of extremist attack

A Pride parade in Serbia’s capital went off without incident today, with the theme ‘Love Heals the World’. Thousands of police lined the streets today in Belgrade for fear that the parade would be attacked by extremists, as has happened in the past. As well as police on the ground being deployed hours in advance


Aruba votes to recognise same-sex unions with marriage-equivalent benefits

Aruba just gave its same-sex couples the right to legally register their unions and to receive benefits equivalent to those afforded to married couples. The legislature on Friday voted to recognise the unions. Benefits include being able to make medical decisions on behalf of their partner and the right to receive pension payments after the