UNI-FORM encourages reporting on homophobic and transphobic hate crimes

On September 28th, 2017 the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL together with its international partners will be launching the mobile application and reporting website UNI-FORM at the European Parliament, in Brussels. This online mechanism for reporting homophobic and (or) transphobic hate crimes will be available on the web, on the AppleStore and on GooglePlay, and

Israeli Government Will Update Same-sex Adoption Laws

The Israeli government has announced changes to the country’s adoption laws. A case at the Supreme Court means discrimination against same-sex couples wishing to adopt will now be banned. It comes following a petition regarding same-sex adoption that was filed by the Association of Israeli Gay Fathers. The new legislation will be introduced by June

Two Thirds of LGBT Youth in Northern Ireland Don’t Feel Welcome at School

Students said the lack of LGBT visibility in school contributed to the high levels of homophobia and transphobia. Newly published research reveals 67% of LGBT youth in Northern Ireland feel unwelcome at school. The study shows further evidence that schools are having a negative impact on the emotional well-being of Irish LGBT youth. Northern Ireland

LGL Representatives Meet with “Rainbow Rights” Project Partners in Helsinki

On September 7th, 2017 representatives of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL attended a meeting with their partners in the project “Rainbow Rights: Promoting LGBTI Equality in Europe” in Helsinki. During the meeting, the activists discussed future project activities. At the meeting, the implementing organizations also made decisions on project events in the near future,

LGBT* Students Speak out about their Experiences in Lithuanian High Schools

It appears that a scandal widely publicized this spring, in which dozens of students in a moral education lesson at Telšių Žemaitės school were shown material comparing gay people to murderers and cannibals, may not have been an isolated incident. This summer, LGL carried out an anonymous survey in which respondents – 475 LGBT* high

The Biggest Rally for LGBTI Rights in Australian History

Tens of thousands of people in cities around Australia hit the pavement to support marriage equality. More than 30,000 people took to the streets of Sydney to march for marriage equality in what became Australia’s largest LGBTI rally in history on September 10. Thousands of people also hit the streets in Brisbane and Hobart to

British Army Officials Confront Homophobia in New Stonewall Campaign

Senior British Army officers are featured in a new Stonewall campaign tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. Stonewall today launched its first major public awareness campaign in a decade, encouraging people to ‘Come Out For LGBT’ and show their support. The campaign comes as the charity published research showing that hate crime against gay, lesbian

LGL Celebrates the Start of the School Year

National LGBT* rights organization LGL wishes students a successful start to their school year! This summer, LGL carried out a survey in which 541 LGBT* high school students between the ages of 14 and 18 participated, sharing their experiences in school over the 2016-17 school year, and preliminary results suggest that homophobic and transphobic bullying

Why Doesn’t Northern Ireland Have Equal Marriage Yet?

Northern Ireland is increasingly isolated in western Europe by banning same-sex marriage. What exactly is going on? It has been four years since England and Wales approved equal marriage, and three years since Scotland followed suit. Equal marriage has since spread across Western Europe – with France, Germany and Luxembourg also passing legislation in recent years

The Long March Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Summer is the time of Pride marches. The numerous marches in Europe are a testament to the ground-breaking progress toward acceptance of the equal rights of lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons. In the vast majority of European countries, and elsewhere in the world, crowds have been rallying to celebrate – or claim

Finnish Government Opts to Keep Law That Requires Trans People to Be Sterilised

The government of Finland have decided to keep rules that force the sterilisation of trans people who wish to change their legal gender. In a disappointing blow to trans activists, the Finnish government decided on August 25th to not implement the recommendations of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The Human Rights Council had previously recommended

Mongolia’s Pride Week Kicks Off With Epic Parade

Pride Week comes weeks after Mongolia passed laws protecting LGBTI people from hate crimes. Mongolia’s Pride Week launched over the weekend with organizers anticipating it would be its biggest yet. The week started with a parade called the Equality Walk and was attended by locals, dignitaries and expats. It was followed by a concert and