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In November 1989, Vladimir Simonko, Executive Director of the National LGBT rights organization LGL, visited East Berlin for the third time at the invitation of his friends. On November 9, 1989, he accidentally became a witness of the fall of the Berlin Wall and visited West Berlin for the first time. As the thirtieth anniversary

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Introduction:  This Call for Abstracts is part of the project safe.to.be by Speak Out, an initiative by partner organizations from nine different European countries, led by Belgium’s çavaria. All organizations are connected to the LGBTI communities in their respective countries, and have experience on the topic of hate crime and hate speech. ‘Safe.to.be – Speak

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No Challenge in UN Third Committee on the Renewal of Independent Expert on SOGI

The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution presenting the Annual Report of the Human Rights Council today without challenge to the extension of the mandate of the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination on the basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (IE SOGI). In 2016 when the mandate

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Apparently opinions were bound to polarize after LRT, the national broadcaster of Lithuania, published a social documentary portraying a parenthood journey of a married gay men couple from United Kingdom at its internet portal lrt.lt Although plenty of people praised such a rare instance of the diversity representation, several, likely right-wing affiliated activists appealed to

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LGL Gave an Award to Representative of Barclays

On 21st October, 2019 representatives of the National LGBT rights organization LGL gave an award to Mariano Andrade Gonzalez, former Head of Barclays and current Lithuania Country Head of Moody’s. Mariano Andrade Gonzalez has been honored by the National LGBT Rights Organization LGL for outstanding leadership in promoting business sector support for LGBT human rights.

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Vladimir Simonko: Thank you for your Trust

Dear members of ILGA-Europe, I would like to kindly thank you for your trust in me and opportunity to work together with ILGA-Europe Board and staff in shaping the future of our organization. I hope that my work in ILGA-Europe Board gave me a chance to be a link between East and West, when genuine

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LGL met with Representatives of the Lithuanian Police

On 17th October, 2019 representatives of the National LGBT rights organization LGL had a meeting with representatives of the Vilnius County Police Headquarters. During the meeting, issues of hate crime and hate speech against members of the LGBT community and opportunities for cooperation were discussed. LGL presented to the Lithuanian police representatives the results of

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LGBT activists slam Skvernelis’ initiative to award Kaczynski

Lithuanian and Polish sexual minority organizations on Thursday slammed Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis’ initiative to nominate Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland’s conservative Law and Justice party, for a top Lithuanian state award, the Grand Cross of the Order of Vytautas the Great. LGBT organizations say Kaczynski, facing a parliament vote in Poland, is

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On 16th October, 2019 Eglė Kuktoraitė, Communication Manager at the National LGBT rights organization LGL, took part at a panel debate “Give us a seat at the table! Youth movements & their impact on future Baltic Sea Cooperation”, organized by the Council of the Baltic Sea States and the Forum Northern European Politics in Berlin.

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V. Simonko: The first LGBT activists in Lithuania paid a painful price for being open

The executive director of the National LGBT rights organisation LGL Vladimir Simonko can rightfully be called a chronicler of the LGBT rights movement in Lithuania. In 1995 being the first one in Lithuania to openly speak about his sexual orientation together with his partner Eduardas, today he opened the carefully guarded archive of Lithuanian publications