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One Decade of EVS in LGL: What does it Mean to Volunteer at Lithuania’s National LGBT* Rights Organization?

2017 marks 10 years since the National LGBT* rights organization LGL began accepting EVS volunteers. What does LGL’s involvement in this international volunteer program mean for young people? What experiences can volunteers share while carrying out unpaid work valuable to the local community in the social, cultural, youth and public information spheres? How does this
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“Rainbow Rights” Regional Seminar took place in Vilnius

On 23rd November, 2017 the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice Finland, the association Seta – LGBTI Rights in Finland, the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities and the Embassy of Finland in Lithuania invited to the regional seminar under the framework of the project “Rainbow Rights –
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ILGA-Europe Annual Conference in Warsaw: what is Relevant for LGBTI Rights Activists in Europe?

From November 1-4, the Polish capital Warsaw hosted the largest LGBTI human rights event in Europe: the 21st annual international LGBTI rights conference organized by ILGA-Europe. It was also the largest conference that ILGA-Europe has organized to date, drawing around 550 LGBTI human rights activists from Europe, Central Asia and other parts of the world.
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“Baltic Pride” 2016 Photo Book Now Available Online

The National LGBT* rights organization LGL proudly presents the “Baltic Pride” 2016 photo book now available online! Baltic Pride 2016 Photo Book, 2016 There are only a few copies of tastefully packaged hardcover edition of the Baltic Pride 2016 Photo Book left in LGL online store! Order the “Baltic Pride” 2016 photo book including unforgettable
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LGL Urges President to Veto Amendments to Law on Equal Opportunities

On  July 11th, 2017 the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL appealed to Dalia Grybauskaitė, the President of the Republic of Lithuania, asking to veto the amendments to the Law on Equal Opportunities of the Republic of Lithuania and return them to the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania for further considerations. If approved, the proposed
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Lithuanian “Human Rights Oscars” Awarded at the Palace of the Grand Dukes

On the evening of March 22nd at the Palace of the Grand Dukes, the National Equality and Diversity Awards took place. A commission and online voters selected people, organizations and initiatives to be honored for their contributions in the field of human rights in 2017. Individuals and initiatives were awarded in eight categories: The Breakthrough

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LGL and Embassies Cooperate on the Rainbow Days 2018

On March 26th, 2018 a meeting in preparation for the upcoming „Rainbow Days“ 2018 festival, organized by the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, was held at the Swedish Embassy in Vilnius. During the meeting the representatives of LGL and foreign embassies discussed the possible cooperation in organizing the upcoming „Rainbow Days“ 2018 festival and ways

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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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Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences (LEU) asked a transgender person, who has recently changed her legal documents, to submit a declaration stating that she has lost her diploma. According to LEU, this is the sole way to receive a duplicate diploma. Since cases like this are not regulated, transgender people can find themselves in absurd

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“Call It Hate” Kicks-Off in Bergamo (Italy)

Tomas V. Raskevičius, LGL‘s Policy Coordinator, participated in a kick-off meeting for the international project “Call It Hate: Raising Awareness of Anti-LGBT Hate Crime“, held on February 8th-9th, 2018 in Bergamo (Italy). The project builds upon the continuing efforts by the association LGL to counteract the negative phenomenon of anti-LGBT hate crimes and hate speech

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Eglė Kuktoraitė, Communications Coordinator of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, participated in a kick-off meeting for the international project “E.T.Ho.S: Eliminating Transphobic, Homobophic and Biphobic Stereotypes through Better Media Representation“, held on 5th-6th of February, 2018 in Athens (Greece). During the „E.T.Ho.S” project kick-offf meeting, project partners discussed future activities and finalized plans for

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On September 1st, 2017, Lithuanian schools adopted a new General Program for Health, Sexual Education and Family Planning, which, among other things, prevents the provision of physically or psychologically harmful, incorrect, biased or one-sided information, as well as that which encourages dissatisfaction with one’s body, appearance or sexual orientation, or discourages acceptance of these traits.

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EVS Volunteer Arnold: My first impressions in Vilnius

It has already been five weeks since my arrival in Vilnius. In the meantime, I acclimatised to the seemingly unwelcoming Lithuanian atmosphere and I am gradually getting used to the myriad of unsmiling and unfriendly faces in the streets and shops. I would even say I feel comfortable calling the piece of socialist architecture where

Season’s Greetings from LGL!

2017 was a year of exciting challenges and inspiring victories for the National LGBT* rights organization LGL. Thanks to your encouragement and support, LGL was able to take many important steps aimed at improving the LGBT* human rights situation in Lithuania. First of all, a breakthrough was finally made in national courts, securing human rights

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Cooperation between NGOs and State Institutions: whose Move is it next?

On December 8th, 2017 member organizations of the National Equality and Diversity Forum held the national conference “The importance of NGO and state institutions’ cooperation in implementing policy measures against various forms of discrimination”. The conference focused on taking a closer look at organizations’ experiences, particularly those of organizations belonging to NEDF, working with state

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LGL’s Intern Cintia: My Experience in LGL

Different experiences in different countries make us grow in diverse ways. I have increasingly become more aware of this motto, and I try to live by it more intensely with each new experience I choose to embark on. Having spent most of my teen years in Portugal, the last few years have been ones of

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LGL’s Celebrated its 24th Birthday

On December 8th, 2017 the National LGBT* rights organization LGL and friends made some noise to celebrate the organization’s 24th birthday in local LGBT* community club Soho. Sharing slices of birthday cake and partying until dawn, LGL’s friends wished the organization a productive year of work for LGBT* human rights in Lithuania. © Audrius Dzimidavičius