Bermuda court grants equal rights to ‘binational’ same-sex couples

A judge has made a landmark ruling for same-sex couples in Bermuda. The Supreme Court in Bermuda has ruled that those in same-sex relationships with Bermudians should be granted the same rights to live and seek employment as their heterosexual counterparts, according to The Royal Gazette. The ruling comes after legal action was brought against


New Song “Shining” by Ten Walls Premiered at LGBT* Website (Download)

In cooperation with the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL, the music producer Ten Walls presents his new song “Shining”, recorded together with his good friend, American transgender singer Alex Radford. Alex is previously known as Athena Radford from their first track with Mario Basanov “Like a Child” (released in 2012). It is symbolic that the


Children of gay parents challenge government over marriage equality laws

Five children from same-sex families are challenging marriage equality laws in Austria. Austria’s lack of marriage equality is being challenged by children of same-sex parents in the country. The children joined their parents in court in Vienna yesterday, to protest the ban on same-sex marriage in Austria. They hope to encourage a change in the


LGL invites to the Launch of #TRANS_LT Videos and Exhibition “TRANZ”

The National LGBT Rights Organziation LGL, in cooperation with the movie director Romas Zabarauskas, artists ARCANA FEMINA photography and Shaltmira and the art space 5 MALŪNAI invites to an unique event “#TRANS_LT: Launch of Videos and Exhibition “TRANZ”“. In the course of the evening the first social videos with the view of raising awareness about

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during  a press conference after the RBI Central Board Meeting in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI Photo by Shahbaz Khan(PTI8_10_2014_000081b)

Indian minister says country’s gay sex ban needs to be ‘reconsidered’

Arun Jaitley says India cannot simply ‘nudge off’ its LGBT community. India’s finance minister has spoken out against the harsh laws criminalising gay sex in the country. Arun Jaitley says that the country must reconsider the “conservative” ruling made by the Supreme Court in 2013, as it ignores the needs of “millions of people” across


Lithuanian Bishops’ Conference: Family Should Be Associated with Marriage

On November 25th, 2015 the Committee on Legal Affairs of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania held a hearing on a proposal to amend the Article 38 of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, which states that “family emanates from a marriage between a man and a woman”. The participants of the hearing,


Trans people win right to change name and gender in Bolivia

Transgender people in Bolivia will soon be able to legally change their name, sex and gender, Bolivia’s justice minister has announced. Virginia Velasco Condori unveiled the new policy last Wednesday, meaning trans Bolivians will soon be able to register legal documentations using their new identities. In a statement regarding the change. Condori said that people who wan


Civil unions to become a reality in Cyprus

The Cypriot parliament has voted in favour of the Civil Partnership Bill, meaning that same-sex couples in Cyprus will be legally recognised for the first time. The legislation, which has generated lots of debate nationally, will offer couples the same rights as civil marriage. However, joint adoption rights are not included as part of the


NEDF Invites to Seminar-Discussion “Human Rights in Lithuania. NGOs’ Perspective”

On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, the members of the National Equality and Diversity Forum (NEDF) cordially invite to the seminar-discussion “Human Rights in Lithuania. NGOs’ Perspective”, which will take place on December 9th, 2015 at 2:00-4:30 PM at the premises of the Embassy of Finland (K. Kalinausko str. 24, Vilnius). In


Syphilis: what is it and why should gay men be concerned?

Health authorities in the US, Australia and UK have all highlighted an alarming increase in rates of syphilis among gay and bisexual men Although HIV receives much attention in the press – particularly following last week’s announcement by the actor Charlie Sheen that he is HIV positive – it is not the only sexually-transmitted infection

epa04339392 People ride bicycles as they take part in the third Viet Pride parade at a street in Hanoi, Vietnam, 03 August 2014. Around 400 people took part in a colorful bicycle parade through the centre of Hanoi Sunday morning, marking the third annual Viet Pride, the country's version of Gay Pride.Participants wore matching t-shirts and carried rainbow flags - a popular symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride. Vietnam's LGBT rights activists have become more visible in recent years, with several high-profile campaigns. The most recent was an attempt to legalise same-sex marriage as the National Assembly debated revisions to the Marriage and Family Law. However, while legislators removed a ban on such weddings, they did not legalise them.   The first Pride was held in the United States in 1969. The event has since become a symbol of the LGBT movement across the world.  EPA/LUONG THAI LINH

Vietnam passes landmark law recognizing transgender people

Ban on gender reassignment surgery has also been lifted Vietnam has passed a landmark law legally recognizing transgender people and lifting a ban on gender reassignment surgery. More than 80% of lawmakers Tuesday (24 November) voted in favor of the law change, which will come into effect on 17 January 2017. Under the new legislation, those


British Columbia prisons implement reforms for transgender prisoners

The Canadian province of British Columbia will no longer confine transgender people in the prisons that are meant for the gender they were assigned at birth Prisons in British Columbia will no longer jail transgender women in men’s prisons and transgender men in women’s prisons after its Department of Corrections changed its policies. Previously only