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Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences (LEU) asked a transgender person, who has recently changed her legal documents, to submit a declaration stating that she has lost her diploma. According to LEU, this is the sole way to receive a duplicate diploma. Since cases like this are not regulated, transgender people can find themselves in absurd

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Lithuanian Parliament to Consider Further Limitations on LGBT* Rights

On March 10th, 2018 the Lithuanian Parliament approved its agenda for the upcoming plenary session. The approved agenda includes three homophobic and transphobic legislative initiatives seeking to further limit LGBT* human rights in Lithuania. The Parliament is going to consider (1) total ban on gender reassignment procedure, (2) Constitutional amendment on definition of family life

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LGL Supports EU Efforts to Combat Hate Speech Online

On March 22th, 2018 the representative of the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL Tomas Vytautas Raskevičius participated in the 5th European Commission’s Meeting of the Sub-group on Countering Hate Speech Online in Brussels (Belgium). The meeting served as an opportunity to discuss joint efforts by the Governments of the Member States, civil society organizations and

Lithuanian Ministry of Health Enables Immediate Access to HIV Treatment

Health Minister Aurelius Veryga has signed an order for patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to start treatment immediately after being diagnosed with it, as opposed to having to wait for the virus to progress. This treatment is expected to be covered by the Mandatory Health Insurance Fund (PDSF). Previously, patients who were HIV positive

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Lithuanian Prime Minister Wants Same-Sex Partnerships Law

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis used an LGBT rights rally in Vilnius to call on the Lithuanian parliament to pass legislation for registered same-sex partnerships. The Prime Minister of Lithuania chose Valentine’s Day to solicit political support of same-sex couples. The Delfi reported Wednesday that Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis used an LGBT rights rally in the

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“Call It Hate” Kicks-Off in Bergamo (Italy)

Tomas V. Raskevičius, LGL‘s Policy Coordinator, participated in a kick-off meeting for the international project “Call It Hate: Raising Awareness of Anti-LGBT Hate Crime“, held on February 8th-9th, 2018 in Bergamo (Italy). The project builds upon the continuing efforts by the association LGL to counteract the negative phenomenon of anti-LGBT hate crimes and hate speech

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On January 23, Members of the European Parliament, representatives from European Institutions, Member State governments, and civil society organisations met at the European Parliament for the launch of the first LGBTQI Inclusive Education Index and Report, created by IGLYO – The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Intersex (LGBTQI) Youth and Student Organisation. The

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Eglė Kuktoraitė, Communications Coordinator of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, participated in a kick-off meeting for the international project “E.T.Ho.S: Eliminating Transphobic, Homobophic and Biphobic Stereotypes through Better Media Representation“, held on 5th-6th of February, 2018 in Athens (Greece). During the „E.T.Ho.S” project kick-offf meeting, project partners discussed future activities and finalized plans for

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2017 LGBT* Rights in Lithuania Overview: Challenges and Victories

As we begin another year of LGBT* human rights activism, it’s important to stop for a moment to assess what the LGBT* rights movement in Lithuania was able to achieve in 2017, and what political and social circumstances will continue to impact our community this year. 2016’s parliamentary elections, and the “peasants” and “social workers”

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On September 1st, 2017, Lithuanian schools adopted a new General Program for Health, Sexual Education and Family Planning, which, among other things, prevents the provision of physically or psychologically harmful, incorrect, biased or one-sided information, as well as that which encourages dissatisfaction with one’s body, appearance or sexual orientation, or discourages acceptance of these traits.

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Nominations Open for Most Notable Human Rights Initiatives of 2017

From January 15th, the public is invited to submit candidates for the National Equality and Diversity Awards. Each year, this ceremony honors people, organizations, and initiatives deserving recognition for their work in the field of human rights in Lithuania. The Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson Agneta Skardžiuvienė believes that the awards ceremony, which has already become a

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Safety at School for Every Student: Possibility, or Utopia?

In Summer 2017, the National LGBT* rights organization LGL carried out an anonymous survey that gathered responses from 580 LGBT* high school students between the ages of 14 and 18. In their survey responses, the students revealed what is taught in Lithuanian schools and what LGBT* adolescents still in the process of discovering their sexual