BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM:  Christopher Patrick Flangan (R) and his partner Henry Emmauel Kane (L) kiss as they come out of Belfast City Hall in Northern Ireland, 19 December 2005 after exchanging  vows. The first civil partnership ceremonies for gay couples in the UK are being held in Northern Ireland today, followed by Scotland on Tuesday and England and Wales on Wednesday. AFP PHOTO/PETER MUHLY  (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Civil partnerships collapse as couples opt for marriage instead in England and Wales

The numbers of civil partnership registrations in England and Wales has plunged below 1000 for the first time – as couples opt to marry instead. Civil partnerships were introduced as under Tony Blair’s premiership in 2004 to allow gay unions ‘separate’ from marriage. Following the introduction of same-sex marriage in England and Wales in 2014, the

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Sex reassignment surgery is now legal in the United Arab Emirates

Transgender people can now get legal sex reassignment surgery in the United Arab Emirates. The government has passed Federal Decree No 4, a series of changes to reduce doctors’ criminal liability. Under the new law, doctors can perform sex reassignment surgery as long as the patient shows they are suffering from gender dysphoria. The law

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Marriage Equality Generates Unprecedented Backlash In Mexico

Marriage equality has spread through many Mexico states with little controversy, but conservatives are taking to the streets now that the president has joined the cause. Opponents of marriage equality have announced protests throughout Mexico this month, hoping to kill a proposal from President Enrique Peña Nieto that seeks to override barriers to marriage for

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Representatives of the U.S. Embasy in Vilnius visited LGL

On September 8th, 2016 the LGBT* Centre of the national LGBT* organization LGL was visited by the representatives of the U.S. Embasy in Vilnius: Ted Janis, Human Rights Officer, and Giedra Gurevičiūtė-Demereckienė, Political/Economic specialist. Tomas Vytautas Raskevičius, Policy Coordinator (Human Rights) of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, made ​​a presentation about the situation of

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - JUNE 21:  A view of the Pulse Nightclub sign on June 21, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Orlando community continues to mourn deadly mass shooting at gay club.  The Orlando community continues to mourn the June 12 shooting at the Pulse nightclub in what is being called the worst mass shooting in American history, Omar Mir Seddique Mateen killed 49 people at the popular gay nightclub early last Sunday. Fifty-three people were wounded in the attack which authorities and community leaders are still trying to come to terms with. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

Museum preserves memorial to Orlando victims

A museum in Florida is to preserve a memorial laid for the 49 victims of the Orlando massacre. The Orange County Regional History Centre has collected around 3.500 items left outside Pulse nightclub since the atrocity in June. The items, that were left in tribute, included stuffed animals, personalised notes and drawings. The centre is also

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Baltic Pride Déjà vu Party: Win a Trip to Stockholm!

Community’s favorite “Pride House” will open its doors for one more evening. On the 24th of September, 2016 at 9:00 P.M., jazz bar “Paviljonas” will host the Baltic Pride Déjà vu party. During the party we will remember the colorful moments of Baltic Pride 2016 and have a good time together with lots of fun

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HRC Releases #ThisIsTransgender Video

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has come up with a new video addressing the question, ‘What does it mean to be transgender?’ 2016 has been a particularly tough year for the trans community in the U.S. Transgender bathroom rights have become such a widely debated topic in the country as political leaders like North Carolina

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Spanish LGBTI group takes stand against gay cure therapy

Spanish LGBTI group, Acrópoli has filed charges against therapist who claims to cure homosexuality. The LGBTI group filed the complaint against psychotherapist Elena Lorenzo Rego under the new anti-homophobia laws introduced earlier this month in Madrid. Yago Blando from Acrópoli said: ‘This self-appointed therapist offers to help people who are unhappy being homosexual to change.’

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The National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL presents its brand new publication “#TRANS_LT: Documenting Experiences of Transgender People in Employment”. The summary of information collected throughout ten interviews with the members of the local transgender community clearly indicates that transgender people in Lithuania encounter numerous instances of discrimination and harassment at work. The presented publication seeks

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Last month we experienced a great Drag workshop. This time we moved a bit forward, passing from the drag notions – more related to performance and entertainment, to the concept of “gender f**k” – more political and committed. Gender f**k is the specific strategy that you can conduct to subvert, disrupt or bend traditional gender

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MEP Valentinas Mazuronis: LGBT* Marches are Conscious Instigation of Society

On June 17th, 2016 Valentinas Mazuronis, a member of the European Parliament’s Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and the chairman of Lithuania’s Labour Party, published an article in Lithuanian news portal tv3.lt, expressing his negative attitude towards the Lithuanian LGBT* community’s right to march at the “Baltic Pride” 2016 March for

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LGL presents “Baltic Pride” 2016 Photo Book

A special pre-sale of the “Baltic Pride” 2016 Photo Book has started in LGL Online Store. The tastefully packaged hardcover edition of the Baltic Pride 2016 Photo Book features 176 pages of unforgettable Augustas Didžgalvis photos for only 22 Euros! Order the “Baltic Pride” 2016 Photo Book  NOW. Could there be a better gift for