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The need to talk about LGBT people’s reality in Lithuania

On Sunday, 12th of January, the news of the suicide of Šarūnas from Biržai district has appeared in the media. According to the comments of his acquaintances, the presumable reason of Šarūnas suicide was his sexual orientation. The boy felt emotional pressure in the family and did not have a close person to whom he

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Europe must react to escalation of human rights violations in Lithuania

On 26 November 2013, Seimas (Lithuanian Parliament) voted to proceed with a consideration of an amendment to the country’s Code of Administrative Offences which aims to limit freedom of association, assembly and expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people. Seimas members voted to consider this amendment despite the fact that the parliamentary Human Rights Committee suggested

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In March 2013 LGL started the implementation of the project Ensuring the effective exercise of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly for LGBT community through strategic litigation and advocacy. Strategic Litigation Process for the Right to Organize the Baltic Pride 2013 March for Equality Documentation Report is one of the results in the course

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LGL welcomes Government’s decision to reject a proposal to ban gender reassignment

In November 2012 three members from the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (i.e. A. Matulas, V. M. Čigrijienė and A. Dumčius) submitted a draft amendment to the Civil Code, prohibiting gender reassignment surgeries in Lithuania. According to the Civil Code, an unmarried adult person is entitled to undergo gender reassignment surgery if it is

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Donate for legal battle to ensure LGBT freedom of expression in Lithuania

The Lithuanian Office of the Inspector of Journalist Ethics, an agency established under the supervision of the country’s Parliament, has ruled that the state-run Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT) did not violate any laws when it decided to limit public broadcasting of two television ads promoting the Baltic Pride March for Equality in July, 2013. The Board of

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Group of members in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have criticized several legislative initiatives as homophobic and allegedly infringing upon fundamental freedoms of LGBT* people as well as promoting discrimination. The Lithuanian Parliament is to consider four homophobic or transphobic legislative initiatives in its autumn session: a total ban on gender

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LGL to protest against freedom of expression restrictions in Lithuania

On the morning of the 2nd of October, a protest action of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights activists will be held before the start of the informal meeting of European Union Ministers for Culture and Audiovisual Affairs. In this way, national LGBT rights association LGL will express its view on the discriminating Russian

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Ethics Office rules on censorship of Baltic Pride TV ads

The Lithuanian Office of the Inspector of Journalist Ethics, an agency established under the supervision of the country’s parliament, has ruled that the state-run Lithuanian Radio and Television did not violate any laws when it decided to limit public broadcasting of two television ads promoting the Baltic Pride march in July, 2013. The brief clips were filmed

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Association “Lithuanian Gay League” (LGL) is of a position that the refusal by the Vilnius City Municipality not to allow for the Baltic Pride 2013 March for Equality to proceed on the Gediminas Avenue constitutes disproportionate limitation on the exercise of the right to peaceful assembly by the local LGBT* community, thus constituting the actual

The European Commission has published its latest survey on discrimination in the EU, including on grounds of sexual orientation and for the first time gender identity. No significant change has been recorded in the last three years. 46% of respondents across the EU think gay, lesbian and bisexual people face discrimination, while 46% think they

Paedophilia and homosexuality are linked, say right-wing MEPs

2010 07 01 PRESS RELEASE By The European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights BRUSSELS, 1 July 2010 — At today’s parliamentary hearing on the sexual abuse of children, organised in the European Parliament by the European People’s Party (EPP), individual right-wing MEPs expressed the view that paedophilia was connected to homosexuality. Vytautas Landsbergis, EPP Member

MEDIA RELEASE By ILGA-Europe Today the European Court of Human Rights delivered its judgement in the case of Schalk and Kopf v. Austria and ruled that Austria did not breach Article 12 (right to marry) by not allowing a same-sex couple to marry. Nevertheless, three out of the seven judges were of the opinion that