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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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“Baltic Pride” Festival Comes to Vilnius on 4th-9th June

“Baltic Pride” 2019 is the largest LGBT community event with the participants of the LGBT community and supporters from Lithuania, the Baltic states, Europe and the entire world. This year the “Baltic Pride” will be held in Vilnius for the fourth time. Various LGBT-themed events await the visitors on 4th-9th June, such as the International

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Join us for the Baltic Pride 2019 March For Equality on 8 June: Logistics

Baltic Pride March For Equality will take place in Vilnius on 8 June! Join the Baltic Pride March for yourself, for your loved ones, for those who cannot participate. Let’s celebrate love and inclusion. We are family! All teams of diplomatic representations will be provided with front position during the march. All teams will march

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Join us for the Baltic Pride 2019 March For Equality on 8 June!

Baltic Pride March For Equality will take place in Vilnius in just 22 days! Join the Baltic Pride March for yourself, for your loved ones, for those who cannot participate. Let’s celebrate love and inclusion. We are family! Participate at the Baltic Pride March For Equality with your Embassy’s team, flags, banners and be visible!

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LGL launches two initiatives to reduce LGBT-motivated hate crimes in Lithuania

1 in 4 Lithuanians disagree that gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people should be free to live their own life as they wish. The National LGBT rights organization LGL, based in Lithuania, announces the initiatives “Hatred is not a Family Value” and “Identify and Report”. Through a series of public events planned for the coming months,

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LGL Submits Shadow Report to Universal Periodic Review

On 12th October, 2018  the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL, in cooperation with international human rights organization “ILGA-Europe” , Transgender Europe (TGEU) and “OII Europe” , made a joint Universal Periodic Review submission to the UN Human Rights Council on the LGBT* human rights situation in the country. The shadow report, submitted by LGL and

Season’s Greetings from LGL!

2017 was a year of exciting challenges and inspiring victories for the National LGBT* rights organization LGL. Thanks to your encouragement and support, LGL was able to take many important steps aimed at improving the LGBT* human rights situation in Lithuania. First of all, a breakthrough was finally made in national courts, securing human rights

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Vladimir for ILGA-Europe Board 2018-2019: Making Europe Better

Dear friends, I would like to kindly address my thanks to you for the trust you expressed in me during the elections to the ILGA-Europe Board for the period of 2016-2017 at the Annual Conference, held in October, 2015 in Athens (Greece). I am thankful for this experience. As an LGBTI human rights activist, active

LGL Urges President to Veto Amendments to Law on Equal Opportunities

On  July 11th, 2017 the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL appealed to Dalia Grybauskaitė, the President of the Republic of Lithuania, asking to veto the amendments to the Law on Equal Opportunities of the Republic of Lithuania and return them to the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania for further considerations. If approved, the proposed

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The Baltic Pride 2017 Programme Officially Launched

Many exciting events will take place during the festival, according to the organizers of the Baltic Pride 2017 festival in Tallinn (Estonia). The festival will commence on 6 July, in cinema Artis. Everybody is welcome to join for speeches, the opening of the exhibition ‘Who is this Wo/Man’, and the screening of Becoming Ann-Christine, a

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The Rainbow Days 2017 Awards Given to Former Lithuanian MPs

Marija Aušrinė Pavilionienė and Dalia Kuodytė, former members of the Parliament of Republic of Lithuania, were honored with the Rainbow Days 2017 Awards. During the event at the local LGBT* community center, the representatives of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL presented the Rainbow Days 2017 Award for contributions to the LGBT* human rights movement

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European Parliament Condemns Detention, Torture and Killings Gay Men in Chechnya

Last weekend, Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta published an article reporting that over 100 people have been detained on suspicion for being gay in Chechnya, and suffered torture and humiliation. At least three men were killed. At his opening statement today, the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani MEP condemned the attacks: “I will confirm once