Amnesty International is concerned that Lithuania is failing to respect the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression. On 24 October, the city council of the capital, Vilnius, refused to grant permission for a 30 metre rainbow flag, a symbol of the LGBT rights

Nearly half of Brits face discrimination

Research conducted for the new Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) indicates that 46 percent of Brits believe they have faced some form of discrimination. The new commission, which incorporates the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunities Commission, is being launched today. Its Chair, Trevor Phillips, said: “We live

US workplace discrimination law faces Senate

The United States House of Representatives is expected to vote in favour of the new legislation, which would make it illegal to fire, refuse to hire or promote a person based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This is the first time since 1994 that legislation that protects LGB people at work has been brought

We, the Lithuanian Gay League (LGL), an established LGBT-organization in Lithuania, are writing to inform you about an alarming development in Lithuanian politics. We are asking for your attention and for your support. A few months ago a group of MPs introduced a bill which proposes to amend the existing Law on the Protection of

Lithuanians dislike adultery, homosexuality, cloning and casinos

The opinion of Lithuanians on adultery, homosexuality, human cloning, forms of gambling, and the production of genetically modified organisms for foodstuffs is particularly negative. This emerged after “Baltijos tyrimai” carried out a survey involving more than a thousand people. The results of the survey show that the most unacceptable things to Lithuanians are adultery in

Fortune 500 companies: 92 % provide gay nondiscrimination policies

Equality Forum, a Philadelphia-based GLBT rights organization, has announced that more than 92% (463) of the 2007 Fortune 500 companies include sexual orientation in their employment nondiscrimination policies. According to the press release, when Equality Forum began contacting Fortune 500 companies in the fall of 2003, only 323 companies—or about 65%— provided sexual orientation protections.

Show about gays banned in Lithuania

Show about gays banned By Rimantė Kulvinskytė, L.T. TV viewers will not be able to watch an LNK show Jeigu (What If?) on Tuesday, which deals with the issues of sexual minorities. The sponsors did not like the opinions expressed on this show, which the producers of Jeigu consider to be objective. According to its

Equal treatment and respect for gays and lesbians in Norway

The Norwegian Government makes an active effort to safeguard gay and lesbian rights, to help gays and lesbians to live openly and to counteract discrimination. It is crucial to these efforts to ensure that organizations working to protect gay and lesbian rights have a funding framework that enables them to work constructively. The Norwegian Association

NOT PRIVATE ENOUGH? According to the pronouncements of some Lithuanian politicians and public figures, LGBT people can express their identities and sexualities only in certain places and spaces and to certain people. They must lead strictly compartmentalized private and public lives. Homosexuality is acceptable only as long as it remains private. The media analysis and

Hate, hypocrites and human rights

Terry Davis In 1936, the SS Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler created the Gestapo’s Central Office for the Combating of Homosexuality and Abortion. As a result, an estimated 100,000 men were arrested as homosexuals, and some 50,000 of these men were sentenced. Some spent time in regular prisons, some were forcefully castrated as an alternative to incarceration,

TRACE publications: Norms at work

NORMS AT WORK: challenging homophobia and heteronormativity This book is one of two books produced by a collaborative project involving both researches and activists. The book Open Up Your Workplace presents tools that can be used by those who want to work against discrimination in the workplace. Norms at Work is a research report that

Ambassador gave a speech at a press conference on the “Rainbow days 2007”

Mr Speaker, Members of Seimas, distinguished members of the Lithuanian Gay League, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, Thank you for inviting me to this important press conference. I am very honoured and very moved. I have been asked to speak about the Swedish experience regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. But as this press