Human Rights Abuses in Chechnya: 15 OSCE Countries Invoke Vienna Mechanism

On August 30, 2018 fifteen governments in Europe and North America, including Lithuania, released a statement in request for Russia to put an end to serious human rights violations and abuses in Chechnya, involving systematic persecution, detention and torture of perceived or actual homosexuals. Acting as members of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in

Ministers and representatives of the member countries of the Equal Rights Coalition have met in a global conference in Vancouver, Canada. In the conference, spanning from the 5th of August to the 7th of August, the representatives have pledged to build a world where no one is left behind – regardless of their sexual orientation,

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UN Human Rights Committee Urges Lithuania to Ensure LGBTI Human Rights

United Nations Human Rights Committee has urged Lithuania to ensure LGBTI human rights. The Committee criticized the Law on the Protection of Minors Against the Detrimental Effects of Public Information, which unjustifiably limits freedom of speech on LGBT* matters. The Law states that underage people are harmed by such information and that it should be

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On June 27th, Eglė Kuktoraitė, communications coordinator of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, participated in a meeting with representatives from the European Commission, as well as Google+, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube, at Facebook’s Dublin headquarters. During the meeting, representatives from several European non-governmental organizations currently monitoring hate speech on social media discussed problems

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Together with the Association LGL to “BalticPride 2018” Parade in Riga

Join LGL on June 9th and come to one of the biggest LGBT* community events in the Baltic States with the specially reserved LGL bus. Let’s celebrate diversity and freedom together representing Lithuania while marching in the Baltic Pride 2018 parade in Riga under LGL’s flag together with a cool company: staff, volunteers and friends of

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Canada and Chile co-chair Equal Rights Coalition

As strong advocates for human rights, Canada and Chile are committed to promoting and protecting LGBTI communities around the world. The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs; His Excellency (H.E.) Heraldo Muñoz Valenzuela, Chile’s Minister of Foreign Affairs; and Randy Boissonnault, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 issues, today announced Chile will

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TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono service and IGLYO, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Queer & Intersex (LGBTQI) Youth & Student Organisation launch, ‘Expression Abridged: Legal Analysis of Anti-LGBT Propaganda Laws’ today. The report discusses in detail the various legislations aimed at banning LGBT ‘propaganda’ to minors which have been enacted or

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Rainbow Rights Project Partners Met in Helsinki (Finland)

On March 7th, 2018 representatives of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL attended a Rainbow Rights: Promoting LGBTI Equality in Europe project steering committee meeting held in Helsinki (Finland). During the meeting, the project partners discussed forthcoming activities and events, shared ideas about how to make project activities more visible and reviewed project’s communication plan

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Safety at School for Every Student: Possibility, or Utopia?

In Summer 2017, the National LGBT* rights organization LGL carried out an anonymous survey that gathered responses from 580 LGBT* high school students between the ages of 14 and 18. In their survey responses, the students revealed what is taught in Lithuanian schools and what LGBT* adolescents still in the process of discovering their sexual

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Research suggests a link between internalized homophobia and HIV testing

Source: GayPress.eu The Eurasian Coalition On Male Health (ECOM) has conducted a survey, which revealed that internalized homophobia may increase the risk of undetected HIV infection within the MSM population. The survey focused on determining the internalized homophobia and its impact on health and lives of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with

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LGL’s Executive Director re-elected to ILGA-Europe Board for the Second Term

On November 1-4, 2017 during the 21st Annual ILGA-Europe Conference, organized in Warsaw, LGL’s Executive Director Vladimir Simonko was re-elected to the organization’s Board for the period of 2018-2019. “I’m pleased that for the 2018-2019 term, Lithuania will remain visible with a representative on the Board of the international LGBTI organization,” commented the Executive Director

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Activists are calling on foreign nations to oppose the bill before it’s too late. Egypt is set to enact one of the world’s most sweeping and extreme pieces of anti-LGBTQ legislation following a harsh crackdown on the local queer community. On Wednesday, member of parliament Ryad Abdel Sattar introduced a bill that would criminalize homosexuality