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Intolerance and societal discrimination remained persistent in Lithuania during the last year, according to the annual report of the U.S. Department of State. Regarding the freedom of expression and freedom of press, the report continues to mention that it is illegal to publish material that is “detrimental to minors’ bodies or thought processes” or that

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On 15th March, 2018 the main Lithuanian news portal “15min” announced that all the news and events about the “Baltic Pride” 2019 will be announced in the portal. Until June, “15min” in their special section will share the stories of LGBT community and during the week of the event the media channel will organize photo-reports,

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LGL Hosts Finnish LGBTI Organization Seta

From February 17th to 18th, 2019, National LGBT Rights Organization LGL hosted a meeting with Finnish LGBTI organization Seta, its partner in the project Rainbow Rights: Promoting LGBTI Equality in Europe. During the meeting, representatives of the organizations discussed the challenges of ageism in the LGBT community, and shared best practices for solving this problem.

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First Direction Employment Meeting Takes Place in Sofia

On February 14-15th, 2019 the first meeting between partners in the project Direction Employment took place in Sofia, Bulgaria. During the meeting, partners from Bulgaria, Italy, Portugal, Ireland and Lithuania discussed future project activities. The project will seek to create a new educational model to combat unemployment among youth, utilizing progressive methods and interactive practices

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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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Countering illegal hate speech online – EU Code of Conduct ensures swift response

The fourth evaluation on the EU Code of Conduct shows that this Commission initiative delivers successful results. IT companies are now assessing 89% of flagged content within 24 hours and 72% of the content deemed to be illegal hate speech is removed, compared to 40% and 28% respectively when the Code was first launched in

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LGL Representative Participated in a Meeting at “Twitter” Headquarters in Dublin

On January 21, 2019, Eglė Kuktoraitė, Communications Manager at the National LGBT rights organization LGL, participated in a meeting at the “Twitter” headquarters in Dublin (Ireland), attended by the representatives of the European Commission, social networks and European NGOs. During the meeting the representatives of “Google+”, “Facebook”, “Instagram”, “Twitter” and “Youtube” discussed the results of

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“Speak Out” Project Kick-off Meeting Held in Vilnius

On January 17-19, 2019 the National LGBT rights organization LGL, together with its partner “Cavaria” (Belgium) organized a kick-off meeting for the project “Speak Out” in Vilnius. “Speak Out” project aims to alleviate the problem of underreporting of anti-LGBT hate crime and hate speech by creating sustainable change. By raising awareness and equipping LGBT individuals

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Another Exciting Year for the “E.T.Ho.S” project

The European project E.T.Ho.S -Eliminating Transphobic, Homophobic and Biphobic Stereotypes through better media representation aims to address the long-lasting negative stereotypes and prejudices against LGBT+ people in the E.U. For this reason, its objective is to educate  and raise awareness among journalists and media students in order to combat the phenomenon of Transphobia, Homophobia and

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The Radio and Television Commission of the Republic of Lithuania, following a viewer’s complaint about two episodes of a popular TV show “The Simpsons” that are said to be degrading “family values”, is waiting for an explanation from a commercial TV channel “TV3”. After examining its arguments, the Commission will consider whether these episodes will

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On January 11, 2019 the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania held a public hearing on the case determining whether Constitutional provisions regarding freedom of movement of family members apply for same-sex couples. In its judgement the Constitutional Court stressed that refusal to issue a temporary residence permit to stay in Lithuania to a

Season’s Greetings from LGL: Happy Baltic Pride Year 2019!

2018 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. This year, LGL has implemented a number of successful projects. The most notable of