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2014 12 30
On December 16th, 2014 the Parliamentary Committee on Education, Science and Culture postponed the adoption of the controversial amendment to the Lithuanian Criminal Code, removing criminal liability for homophobic hate speech. 5 members of the Committee were in favor of the proposed amendment, 3 voted against, while the others abstained. This outcome was sufficient for reaching unanimous conclusion among the members of the Committee that the draft bill should be returned to its drafter for the improvement.
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2014 12 30
On December 12th, 2014 the national LGBT* rights organization LGL submitted a complaint to the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Lithuania about hateful online comments regarding a same-sex kiss picture by two students from Kaunas. On December 8th, 2014 a young man posted a photo on social network “Facebook” showing him kissing his boyfriend. LGL discovered that the photo was followed by public comments that publicly incite hatred, mockery, humiliation, discrimination, as well as the use of physical force against persons based on sexual orientation.
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2014 07 14
The 19th Budapest Pride Festival closed successfully this weekend with over 10,000 taking to the streets to march for LGBTI equality in Hungary on Saturday, July 12. However the event was loudly condemned by the far-right ultra-nationalist Jobbik party who also blasted foreign diplomats for showing their support for the event.

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LGBTI rights defenders took to the streets of the Bulgarian capital Sophia for the seventh time on Saturday, calling on lawmakers and churches to respect their rights. Reports say around a hundred people marched, protected by hundreds more police officers. Marchers had hoped to march past the city’s Vasil Levski monument in the city center but were prevented from doing so by a group of counter-protesters from the nationalist Ataka party.

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2014 06 18
The Danish parliament voted to scrap a law that required people to undergo gender reassignment surgery before they were eligible to be recognised as their preferred gender. From September 1, the process will be, the process will be overhauled, and over-18s will be able to legally change gender after a six month ‘reflection period’, with no surgical procedure required.

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2014 06 18
LGL is happy to announce the publication of its 2012-2013 Annual Report. Those were very important years for our organization: a lot of events and initiatives were organized and implemented, giving LGL new visibility in the Lithuanian society and contributing to raising the awareness of Lithuanian citizens on issues related to LGBT rights. Two of the greatest achievements of LGL in that period were the organization of the Rainbow Days 2012 and the Baltic Pride 2013. In both occasions our organization was able to overcome obstacles imposed on our constitutionally recognized right to peaceful assembly, ensuring its exercise not only by the LGBT community, but by Lithuanian society as a whole.
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2014 06 04
On June 2, the Baltic Pride 2014 will begin in Tallinn and it will take the form of a week-long festival filled with a number of events, taking place not only in Tallinn, but also in Tartu. All the workshops, performances, discussions, reading groups, exhibitions and film screenings will gravitate around one main theme, STAND UP, and the slogan for the whole festival is I’ll stand up for my right to be myself, I’ll stand up for my family and friends and their right to be who they are.

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2014 03 13
Washington D.C. – Human Rights First today expressed serious concern over reports that the Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas) will vote tomorrow to approve an anti-“propaganda” law that violates the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. In an attempt to quickly and quietly push the legislation through, the proposed amendment, which emulates Russia’s discriminatory anti-“propaganda” law, was put to vote just two days after being introduced.

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2014 03 05
The Lithuanian Parliament is currently deliberating the “Law on the protection of a life in a pre-natal phase” and accompanying legislative projects, otherwise known as the “abortion ban bill”. The Committee on Health Affairs has already approved the bill and those who initiated the law expect it will be passed by the Parliament in spring.

The bill is a dangerous violation of basic women's rights, blatantly limiting the right to terminate pregnancy in two cases only: if a pregnancy poses an evident threat to life of a mother or if a pregnancy is the result of rape. Even in the latter instance, the victim of a rape has only 12 weeks to prove the rape case and terminate the pregnancy. Also, if approved, the bill would equate women who terminate pregnancies with the murderers of unborn children, and abortion would be considered a criminal act punishable by up to three years in prison.

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2014 02 28
Today the European Parliament voted its annual report on fundamental rights in the European Union. The report includes an extensive overview of the situation for LGBT people, and recommendations to reach European equality standards laid down in the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

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