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Eurovision star V. Baumila performed at LGL‘s party

After 22 years of work, the National LGBT* rights organization LGL seems to know well how to bring the LGBT* community together and how to party. Even though officially LGL turned 22 on the 3rd of December, 2015 its birthday party took place just this month – for a special reason: LGL did not just
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LGL Addressed the Lithuanian MPs Regarding the Absence of Gender Reassignment Procedure in Lithuania

On 10th December, 2015 the National LGBT* rights organization LGL addressed the members of the Lithuanian Parliament regarding the effective implementation of the human rights standards for transgender individuals. In its formal address on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day LGL seeks to draw the attention of the lawmakers that the absence of
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Lithuanian Transgender Persons Featured in LGL‘s Social Videos Urge to Sign a Special Online Petition

The National LGBT* rights organization LGL proudly presents the social videos of its ongoing social campaign #TRANS_LT, aimed at increasing the visibility of transgender people in Lithuanian society. The social videos, filmed by a creative team of LGL and local movie director Romas Zabarauskas, feature the members of the local trans* community sharing the challenges
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New Song “Shining” by Ten Walls Premiered at LGBT* Website (Download)

In cooperation with the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL, the music producer Ten Walls presents his new song “Shining”, recorded together with his good friend, American transgender singer Alex Radford. Alex is previously known as Athena Radford from their first track with Mario Basanov “Like a Child” (released in 2012). It is symbolic that the
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Baltic Pride 2016 March for Equality Will Take Place on the Central Avenue

The National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL congratulates the decision by the Vilnius City Municipality Administration of October 21st, 2015 to facilitate the Baltic Pride 2016 March for Equality on the central avenue in the downtown of Vilnius. The event will take place on June 18th, 2016 (Saturday) on the Gediminas Avenue. The march will culminate
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Representatives of the U.S. Department of State visited LGL

On 11th of February, 2015 in cooperation with the US Embassy in Vilnius, the LGBT* Centre of the national LGBT* organization LGL was visited by Rob Berschinski, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, and Erin M Spitzer, the Program Officer of the U.S. Department


Hungary: suspended sentence for protester who threatened Pride participants

A member of an extreme right wing organisation has been sentenced to two years imprisonment (suspended for three and a half years) for insulting and threatening Budapest Pride March participants in 2012 as part of a larger group. Háttér Society have released a detailed press statement on the judgment. It is available to read below


United Nations Issues Stamps Celebrating LGBT Identity

There may finally be a reason to return to the ancient art of letter writing as the United Nations’s post office has issued new stamps this week, which for the first time celebrate LGBT identity.  The stamps are designed by out artist Sergio Baradat as part of the U.N.’s “Free & Equal” campaign, which promotes understanding and


Game nights at LGL!

In the evening of the February 4th, the  first games evening in 2016 took place at LGL’s community center. The participants split up into smaller groups to play their favored game – starting from the well-known “Monopoly” to the rather unknown “Dixit.” During this meeting the participants did not only play and chat while having


European Parliament calls on Kosovo and Serbia to step up efforts on LGBTI rights

Yesterday, the European Parliament adopted two of its annual progress reports for candidate and potential candidate EU countries. MEPs have assessed the rights of LGBTI people in Serbia and Kosovo, and recommended the countries to improve the situation. Discrimination, hate speech and hate crime against LGBTI people, remain a strong concern for the Parliament in both


LGL is a member organisation of IGLYO and one of the most stable and mature organizations within the civic sector in the country as it was on December 1993. The main principle that characterizes the activities of the association is that of independence from any political or financial interests, with the aim of attaining effective social inclusion


India’s Supreme Court to review sodomy ruling

India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday said it would review its controversial ruling that recriminalized consensual same-sex sexual acts. The Guardian reported the Supreme Court asked a five-judge panel to reconsider its 2013 decision that reinstated India’s colonial-era Sodomy law known as Section 377. “This is an undeniably thrilling action by India’s highest court,” James Robertson,


Women who have ‘LGBT indicators’ in their resumes less likely to receive call-back

Women whose resumes suggest that they may be lesbian, bisexual or transgender are less likely to receive a call back for a job interview, according to a study published in a sociology journal, Socius. The study by researcher Emma Mishel, who is currently a PhD student in sociology at New York University, conducted a field experiment by sending

Colorful Chalk at Chalkboard ca. 2001

European Parliament: promote EU fundamental values through education

The members of the European Parliament adopted a report on promoting EU fundamental values through intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and education. A great majority (554 for, 147 against) in the European Parliament voted in favour of a report on the role of intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and education in promoting EU fundamental values. The report


Lithuania Refuses Residency Permit to Same-Sex Spouse

On January 22nd, 2016 the Lithuanian Migration Department refused to issue a temporary residence permit to a Belarusian man, who is married to his Lithuanian same-sex partner in Denmark. The Migration Department’s decision can be appealed within 14 days at Vilnius Regional Administrative Court. “The decision is to refuse a permit to temporarily reside in


Mexican Supreme Court strikes down state marriage ban

The Mexican Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down the state of Jalisco’s same-sex marriage ban. The justices in their 11-0 ruling said the portion of the Jalisco Civil Code that defines marriage as between a man and a woman amounts to discrimination based on sexual orientation under the Mexican constitution. Milenio, a Mexican newspaper, quoted

Anibal Cavaco Silva, President of Portugal, was received by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC

Portugal’s President Vetoes Adoption Rights for Gay Couples

In one of his last acts in office, Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva has vetoed legislation allowing same-sex couples to adopt children. Cavaco Silva vetoed the bill, saying the issue should be subject to further debate, Agence France-Presse reports. “It is important that such a big change on a sensitive social topic is not entered into