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On 12th November, 2020 the European Commission presented the first-ever EU Strategy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) equality, as announced by President von der Leyen in her 2020 State of the Union Address. While progress in the EU was made towards LGBTIQ equality over the past years, discrimination against LGBTIQ

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Baltic Online Drag King Festival 2020 will go online on 21st-28th November

From the 21st until the 28th of November the Latvian Drag King Collective is organizing the Baltic Online Drag King Festival 2020 featuring workshops, discussions and live performances. The Baltic Online Drag King festival aims to invite more people to try the performance art of drag kinging and to educate society about drag and its

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LGL Provided Advisory Opinion in EC(t)HR case Buhuceanu and Ciobotaru v. Romania

After  obtaining European Court of the Human Rights (ECtHR) permission to indirectly participate in the international judicial proceedings, National LGBT rights organization LGL submitted the Amicus Curiae brief in the ECtHR case Buhuceanu and Ciobotaru v. Romania, brought by 26 Romanian applicants regarding human rights violations resulting from insufficient same-sex family rights recognition. Third Party

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Pre-electoral Political Standing on LGBT Family Rights

Parliamentary elections will be held in Lithuania on the 11 October, 2020 and current pre-electoral promises reflect the possibility of some positive future developments for the Lithuanian LGBT community. According to lrt.lt findings, 5 to 7 parties are in favour of same-sex family relationship recognition, namely Liberty Party, Liberal Movement, Social Democrats, Lithuanian Green Party (not

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LGL Representatives Met with Partners in Norway

On September 24-27, representatives of the National LGBT rights organization LGL visited Norway, where they attended meetings with representatives of various Oslo institutions and non-governmental organizations. LGL representatives met with Rowena B. Teodocio, Head of the Diversity and Integration Division of the Social and Welfare Services Agency of Oslo, Ole Prin-Sand from Oslo Pride Art,

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LGL Launched an Emotional Support Platform for LGBT Students who Face Bullying

On 1st September, 2020 the National LGBT rights organization LGL launched an emotional support platform for LGBT students who face bullying. The platform was launched on the National day of Science and Knowledge and is also useful for teachers and parents. “On the occasion of the National Day of Science and Knowledge, it is especially

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The National LGBT rights organization LGL would like send a message of support for the Belarusian LGBTI community during these challenging times. The regime of the bloody Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko will not prevail as Belarusian people fearlessly demand free elections despite continuous human rights violations. LGL has long-time partnership with Belarusian LGBTI human rights

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Incumbent MPs Deny the Prospect of Same-Sex Partnership Legislation in Lithuania

Gediminas Kirkilas, long-time member of the Lithuanian Parliament, head of the ruling Social Democrat and Labour Party said  that “there are more and more people who live out of wedlock, have children, and, in case of separation, mostly women suffer <…>. All other partnerships, as you can imagine, would not really get through current Parliament,

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LGL Submitted Alternative Report to the UN Human Rights Committee

In 2018 United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee made recommendations CCPR/C/LTU/CO/4 to Lithuania to improve the situation of LGBTI people. Along with recommendations made to Belize, Bulgaria, Honduras, Mongolia and Sudan, these recommendations were considered by the Committee as urgent.  In accordance to the official deadline and procedure, national LGBT rights organization LGL submitted an alternative report on

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On 1st July, 2020 the National LGBT rights organization LGL together with the Swedish organization Friends organized an online seminar for volunteers of LGL‘s emotional support platform. During the seminar, Henrik Karlsson, Research and Development Manager at Friends, presented LGL‘s volunteers’ the best practices in dealing with bullying. Friends’ research and development manager Henrik Karlsson