A former journalist Eduardas Platovas holds a position at LGL since its foundation in 1993. Long time experience helped him to gain a strong background and skills in working on LGBT rights in Lithuania and shows his great commitment to human rights in general. General activities of Eduardas involves: coordination of project activities and general project administration in the country, including financial reporting and general reporting on project implementation. Other longstanding international human rights activities of Eduardas includes organization of the ILGA-Europe conference in Vilnius in 2007 and the “Baltic Pride” in 2010, 2013 and 2016.
I began my studies at the Vilnius University Faculty of Law in 2007, and earned my master’s degree in law in the summer of 2012. While studying at Vilnius University, I completed an internship at the Centre for Crime Prevention of Lithuania and worked at the National Institute for Social Integration, which helped me to understand which professional path I’d like to pursue. I started working at LGL in February 2013. I spent over a year working as the organization’s volunteer coordinator, and later went on to work in the field of advocacy. While working at LGL, I was able to develop myself through a variety of projects, ranging from the creation of social campaigns to the organization of international human rights conferences. In March 2015, I was chosen to join the board of LGL. While I am deeply interested in all of the issues related to the LGBT* community, as a member of the board, I am primarily involved in addressing the following topics: increasing the visibility and awareness of bisexual individuals in Lithuanian society and the LGBT* community; promoting women’s visibility and representation in LGL; and creating safe spaces in the LGBT* centre for members of the LGBT* community.
From 2010 to 2014, I studied at the Faculty of Philosophy of Vilnius University, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in sociology. While at university, I completed an internship at the Human Rights Monitoring Institute. I am currently continuing my studies at the Faculty of Philosophy in the fields of sociology and criminology. At the end of 2012, I joined the Lithuanian Liberal Movement and actively worked in the party’s human rights committee from the very beginning of my membership. In April 2013, the party accepted my initiative to create an LGBT* human rights subcommittee, which is the first and so far the only party committee exclusively committed to the promotion of LGBT* rights. From April 2013 to January 2015, I served as the subcommittee’s Vice-President. In April 2013, I began volunteering at LGL, where I helped organize events for Baltic Pride 2013 and contributed to a number of other initiatives. In March 2015, I was elected as an LGL board member.
I have been a part of LGL since 1995, when the Amsterdam Club officially became the Lithuanian Gay League. Together we created the women’s group “Solida,” through which we organized informational and community-building activities, and fought for Lithuanian legislation to officially ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. Early on, I understood that publicity and personal examples are effective ways to combat false stereotypes about the LGBT* community, and I became the first woman in Lithuania to speak openly about her sexual orientation in the country’s largest daily newspaper and on a popular television series. In March 2015, I was elected to the board of LGL. I believe that we can most efficiently bring about change in our country by creating educational activities and actively using our freedoms of speech and assembly. I have no doubt that full equality for LGBT* families will one day become a reality in Lithuania.