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The Seimas, the Lithuania Parliament in Vilnius.

Lithuania postpones vote on anti-gay ‘public family defilement’ bill

Thursday, March 13, 2014
VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Lithuanian lawmakers on Thursday postponed a final vote on a bill establishing fines for “public family defilement," a measure similar to Russia's anti-gay propaganda law. [ Read more → ]

EU court: Same-sex couples in civil partnerships must receive equal benefits

Thursday, December 12, 2013
BRUSSELS -- The European Union's highest court has ruled that in EU countries where gay couples can't marry, they must get the same benefits as married people if they enter into civil partnerships. [ Read more → ]
Viviane Reding

EU commissioner to skip Olympics because of Russia’s human rights record

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- European Union commissioner Viviane Reding said Tuesday she would not be attending the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, over that country's treatment of minorities. [ Read more → ]

EU court: Homosexuality can be grounds for asylum

Thursday, November 7, 2013
BRUSSELS -- Refugees facing imprisonment in their home country because they are gay may have grounds to be granted asylum in the European Union, the 28-nation bloc's top court ruled Thursday. [ Read more → ]

Moldova’s parliament annuls anti-gay law in hopes of joining European Union

Monday, October 14, 2013
CHISINAU, Moldova — Moldova's parliament on Friday annulled a recently approved law prohibiting “homosexual propaganda” as it tries to secure entry into the European Union. [ Read more → ]
Amnesty InternationalHuman rights advocates at an Amnesty International demonstration.

Amnesty report slams European Union for failing to combat anti-LGBT violence

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
LONDON -- The European Union (EU) and its member-states are failing to tackle homophobic and transphobic hate crimes and fail to protect all individuals from discrimination, harassment and violence, Amnesty International said in a report published Wednesday. [ Read more → ]

European Parliament group: Hold Putin accountable at G20 summit

Friday, August 30, 2013
BRUSSELS -- As opposition to Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" law escalates, members of the European Parliament are calling on European Union leaders and the Council of Europe to denounce that country’s increasingly forceful crackdown on the LGBT community. [ Read more → ]

EU survey reveals many LGBT people throughout Europe still live in fear

Friday, May 17, 2013
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Across Europe, gay couples are scared of publicly engaging in even the most basic expression of their affection: Holding hands. [ Read more → ]
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (left) and Dutch counterpart Frans Timmermans in Moscow on Tuesday. Photo: Misha Japaridze, AP

Russia’s foreign minister defends bill to outlaw ‘homosexual propaganda’

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
MOSCOW — Russia's foreign minister on Tuesday rejected criticism from the Dutch government and the European Union about proposed legislation that would outlaw "homosexual propaganda." [ Read more → ]
Picture of Alekseev's one man protest in Arkhangelsk. Banner reads: “Children have a right to know that great people too, are gay. Homosexuality is natural and normal. Tchaikovsky, Nureyev and others are names of great stories of gay people in Russia”.

Russian Prime Minister Putin to be quizzed by EU over anti-gay laws

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is to be quizzed directly tomorrow over anti-gay laws. The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton, told activists on Tuesday that she would raise the discriminatory laws at the EU-Russia summit. [ Read more → ]

European Parliament renews call for anti-discrimination laws for LGBT people

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
STRASBOURG, France -- The European Parliament has formally called on countries in the European Union to find an agreement on the draft legislation -- proposed more than three years ago -- to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation across the EU. [ Read more → ]

European Parliament calls for end of classifying gender dysphoria as mental disorder

Thursday, September 29, 2011
The European Parliament has petitioned the World Health Organization to cease classifying transgender people as mentally ill, and to eliminate the current classification pf "gender dysphoria" as a "mental and behavioral disorder" in the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases. [ Read more → ]

Human rights agency condemns Czech Republic’s arousal testing of gay asylum seekers

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The European Union's leading human rights agency has sharply criticized the Czech Republic for using a controversial method of testing the credibility of gay asylum seekers. [ Read more → ]

European Parliament condemns Uganda’s ‘kill the gays’ bill

Thursday, December 17, 2009
The European Parliament adopted a resolution Thursday condemning Uganda's proposed Anti-Homosexuality legislation that is said to have the support of the government. [ Read more → ]
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