LGL Invites to International Baltic Pride 2016 Human Rights Conference

The National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL cordially invites you to the one-day international human rights conference “Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships: Emerging International Consensus and Local Opportunities”, which will be organized within the framework of the Baltic Pride 2016 events on 17 June 2016. It is organized with the view of discussing the international and

Polish organizations in Lithuania under criticism for homophobic T-shirts

On July 23rd, 2015 LGBT groups expressed regret over the choice of Polish organizations in Lithuania to wear homophobic T-shirts with slogans “Vilnius on Bicycles without Pedals” (Pol. “Wilno Na Rowerach Bez Pedalow”) during their recent congress. Vladimir Simonko, the leader of the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL, said the word “pedal” was an insulting

MEP: Ban Baltic Pride in city centre blemish on Lithuanian Presidency

Today Dutch MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld raised questions to the European Comission and the Council on the ban of the Baltic Pride march in the city centre of Vilnius, Lithuania. According to the Vilnius authorities the police would not be able to ensure public safety at Vilnius’ main street and therefore they want to

LGL partially wins a court case on Baltic Pride 2013

Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) today partially won their appeal against the decision of the Vilnius City Municipality not to allow the upcoming Baltic Pride march to be held on Gediminas Avenue, the main street of Vilnius. Vilnius Regional Administrative Court ruled that the decision of the Municipality was not legal. The organizers of Baltic Pride

On 9 April 2013 the member of the governing Social Democratic Party and one of the founders of social democracy in Lithuania former MEP Aloyzas Sakalas published a comment on homosexuality in the biggest news portal delfi.lt. According to the MP, it is crucial to estimate to what extent homosexuality destroys the foundations of the

LGL: gender should be introduced as legal concept in Lithuania

Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) is concerned about the rhetoric of certain Lithuanian MPs opposing the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention pertaining to gender-based violence. LGL has approached the European Institute of Gender Equality (EIGE), the EU agency located in Vilnius, to request support in emphasizing the importance of the concept of gender in

Lithuanian singer attacked at concert

Well-known and openly gay Lithuanian singer Ruslanas Kirilkinas became a victim of a homophobic attack. Kirilkinas was performing at a concert held in the Lithuanian town of Aukštadvaris on the 23rd of February when eggs were thrown at him from the audience, resulting in lip, chin and ear wounds. The singer was taken to hospital by

Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) has appealed against Vilnius municipal authorities’ decision to ban a gay march through the Lithuanian capital’s central Gediminas Avenue. LGL is of a position that this decision runs counter to the goal of the March for Equality, i.e. to attract attention of the state and the general public to the local

Lithuanian Minister of Justice Juozas Bernatonis has suggested deleting from the Civil Code the requirement to envisage gender reassignment procedure by law. On 26 March 2013 the Parliament approved the relevant amendment for deliberation. It will now go to parliamentary committees. Under the amendment, the Civil Code should contain the provision that „an unmarried adult

Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) has publicly expressed its reservations with regards to the nomination of Ignas Vėgėlė’s candidacy for the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) as the Lithuanian judge due to his homophobic and transphobic attitudes. The Lithuanian nominee for the ECtHR Judge once said that “if we allow gender reassignment surgeries, homosexuals will