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LET’S GET LOUD! The EU LGBTIQ Survey 3 is online NOW!

Are you lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ) living in Europe? We want to hear from you! The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) launches today its EU-wide survey to capture the experiences, views and concerns of LGBTIQ people. The findings will drive policies to further protect and promote LGBTIQ people’s rights. The survey is
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LGBTI Inclusion at Work: Would Grow Lithuania’s Economy, Attract Talents, and Investments

On 29 March 2023 the National LGBT rights organization LGL organized the first-ever in-person conference in Lithuania specially designated to the topic of LGBTI inclusion in the workplace, “Direction: Employment. Strengthening LGBTQ Workplace Inclusion”. The event explored topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), its recent trends, challenges, and good practices, as well as the
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Baltic Pride 2022 Photo Album Captures Memorable Moments of the Festival

The National LGBT rights organization LGL has released an exclusive photo album of the Baltic Pride 2022 festival. A large-scale photo album presents the most memorable moments of the festival. The album cover features the artwork “Pride” by the artist Nenad Mitrovič. The publication pays special attention to the sponsors, partners and friends of the
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Baltic Pride 2022 Recipe for Success: Togetherness and Solidarity

The Baltic Pride 2022 festival, held in June 2022, was notable for a record number of participants. On June 4 the March for Equality and Peace and the Proud Cities concert in Vilnius attracted up to 20,000 Vilnius residents and city guests. We asked the festival organizers and partners what led to the success of
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Baltic Pride 2022 in Vilnius: Good Practices on Cooperation between Vilnius and Oslo

On 1-5 June 2022 the Baltic Pride 2022 festival took place in Vilnius. The festival provided Lithuanian and Norwegian partners to explore new cooperation opportunities, share and establish new best practices. The organizer of the Baltic Pride 2022, the National LGBT rights organization LGL together with partners Oslo City Municipality, Vilnius City Municipality and Lithuanian
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The younger population lives in a world run by and for adults. This social inertia means that children and adolescents are often not considered as they need to be. For this reason, the European project Colourful Childhoods aims to understand their demands to question adult logics and develop tools that make some changes possible. In

Colourful Childhoods Project Gains Momentum

Violence against children can take up many forms. The negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are specifically worse for children in vulnerable contexts, whose specific needs regarding gender-based violence can be overseen in the current context of social and economic crisis. This is the reason why the project Colourful Childhoods focuses on violence against LGBTIQ+

SafeNet Project Presents 3rd Fact Sheets on Continuous Monitoring

National LGBT rights organization LGL is implementing a 24 month project SafeNet: Monitoring and Reporting for Safer Online Environments. Joining 21 partners and coordinated by INACH (International Network against Cyber Hate), the project focuses on continuous monitoring and reporting hate speech content to the IT companies and responsible authorities and awareness raising by regular advocacy

LGL Renewed its Efforts to End LGBT Content Censorship in Lithuania

For thirteen years now, the regulatory system in Lithuania has embedded a law resembling the Russian anti-gay propaganda laws: the Law on the Protection of Minors Against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information. One of its amendments defines harmful information as “disdaining family values” and promoting “alternative” family. Although the Government assured that the law

Hot air balloons with huge rainbow-coloured flags fly over Vilnius. This is what the viewers of the documentary “Pride from Above” produced by the television giant National Geographic saw. The spectacular images were captured on June 6, 2022 at 5 a.m. There were 8 hours left before the Baltic Pride 2022 march on Gediminas Avenue.

LGL Annual Report for 2022 Now Available Online

The National LGBT rights organization LGL is proud to announce the annual report for 2022. 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 2022 comprehensively presents organization’s activities,

On 28th of July, 2023, LGL organized intersectional discussion on hate crime victim support with the cooperation of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania. A group of experts discussed the challenges of providing support to victims of hate crimes and the opportunities for improving the system of providing assistance. The meeting focused on the

LGL Briefs Council of Europe on Execution of Beizaras and Levickas v. Lithuania

On July 31st, 2023, LGL submitted a brief regarding execution of Beizaras and Levickas v. Lithuania (Application Number 41288/15) under the Rule 9.2 of the Rules of the Committee of Ministers for supervising execution of the ECtHR judgments. While LGL, which also represented applicants before national courts as well as the European Court of Human Rights (ECHtR),

Vilnius court rejects request to register same-sex marriage

The Vilnius District Court on Friday rejected an appeal from a same-sex couple seeking to have their marriage recognised by the Lithuanian authorities, reports lrt.lt. The two male claimants were asking the court to oblige the Vilnius City Civil Registry Office to register their marriage and to have it entered into the Register of Marriage

Baltic States have joined 35 other countries in a statement of support coinciding with the 28th Budapest Pride Festival in Hungary. Issued by the U.S. Embassy in Hungary, the statement is in effect a call for Budapest to rescind legislative amendments which are seen as discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) persons

Vilnius Pride took place on the 1st of July, Mayor participated at the event

Thousands of LGBTIQ community members and its allies marched in a successful Vilnius Pride event which took place on the 1st of July. Newly elected Vilnius Mayor Valdas Benkunskas also joined the Pride march this year. According to the organizers of the event, “LGBTQ+ people in Lithuania are still being used as political tools –

Klaipėda district mayor Bronius Markauskas says that he himself will not support the initiative of the Lithuanian Family Movement to adopt a declaration “On stopping genderism propaganda and LGBTQ+ ideology in the municipality” and will urge his colleagues not to support it as well, BNS reports. Lithuanian Family Movement  (Lietuvos šeimų sąjūdis) is a non-governmental organization closely allied