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Hate crime training for police officers took place in Kaunas

On November 8 2018, National LGBT* rights organization LGL organized a training for law enforcement officers in Kaunas, led by the Deputy Head of the Mainstream division of the Lithuanian Police Academy Vilius Velička and an expert on victomology Aliona Palujanova. Furthermore, the participants had a chance to meet an investigator within the Democracy and

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Human Rights Discourse in Public Sphere: Effective Response to Hate Speech in Media

On October 19, 2018, the National LGBT rights organization LGL organized a unique international seminar where participating researchers, experts and public opinion leaders had the opportunity to discuss the main challenges faced by human rights activists in Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine. During the seminar, participants discussed the impact of hate speech, propaganda and other forms

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Lithuanian television refuses to broadcast a music video containing same-sex couples

On November 6 2018, celebrating their 20th anniversary, a well-known Lithuanian pop-rock band Skamp released a new single “Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow” alongside a heart-warming music video. Lithuanian television refused to broadcast the music video portraying same-sex couples showing affection raising concerns over the censorship law. Ever since their career took off back in

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LGL Representatives Participated in the 22nd ILGA-Europe Annual Conference

On 24th-27th October, 2018 the representatives of the National LGBT rights organization LGL participated the 22nd ILGA-Europe annual conference. This year the theme of the conference was “Politics for Change: From Words into Action”. During the conference the changes to the Constitution of ILGA-Europe were officially approved. The conference also included elections of new ILGA-Europe

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Protection of minors, or censorship of LGBT content?

While it is widely believed and claimed that amendments made in 2009 to the Lithuanian Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information are no longer actively applied to the LGBT community, we must remind ourselves the history of these amendments and how they affect the LGBT community’s freedom of

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LGL representative participated in EU advocacy network meeting in Brussels

On October 24, 2018 Ignas Rekasius, a project manager at the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, took part in an advocacy network meeting in Brussels concerning the approaching elections of the European Parliament (EP) next year. On the eve of the annual conference of ILGA-Europe—an international umbrella association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex

Human Rights vs Aggressive Information

In the framework of the Project “Promotion of Democracy – independent information dissemination from the Human Rights perspective“ LGL together with activists from partner countries Belarus and Ukraine, conducted a desk research on the topics of aggressive information in Lithuanian, Belarusian and Ukranian media, the legal framework of each Country and the relation between Human Rights activists

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LGL Annual Report for 2017 Now Available Online

The National LGBT* rights organization LGL is proud to announce the annual report for 2017. Transparency and independence from any political or financial interests are one of the most important goals for our organization in order to achieve effective inclusion and social integration of local LGBT* community. LGL’s annual report for 2017 comprehensively presents organization’s

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LGL Submits Shadow Report to Universal Periodic Review

On 12th October, 2018  the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL, in cooperation with international human rights organization “ILGA-Europe” , Transgender Europe (TGEU) and “OII Europe” , made a joint Universal Periodic Review submission to the UN Human Rights Council on the LGBT* human rights situation in the country. The shadow report, submitted by LGL and

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J. G. Kosciw: “You are Encouraging Brain Drain since School Desk”

Bullying at school is a universal issue, believes Joseph G. Kosciw, the Head of the Research and Strategy at the Gay, Lesbian and Heterosexual Education Network (GLSEN). However, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students receive it even from teachers. In an interview with IQ reporter Kosciw said that this even can be partly attributed

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LGL Representative Participated in the Annual “IGLYO” Conference in Edinburgh

On October 4-7, 2018 Eglė Kuktoraitė, Communications Coordinator of National LGBT* rights organization LGL, participated in the annual conference organized by the international LGBTI youth and student organization “IGLYO” in Edinburgh (United Kingdom). During the annual “IGLYO” conference, members of the organization had an opportunity to discuss the future goals for “IGLYO”, admit new members,

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On September 25th, 2018 the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania began the procedure aimed at determining whether Constitutional provisions regarding freedom of movement of family members apply for same-sex couples. The case dates back to 2015 when a Belarussian citizen married to a Lithuanian man and applied to the immigration authorities for permission