Commission ‘Shockingly Passive’ on LGBT* Rights in Lithuania

On December 5th, 2016 the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBTI Rights has addressed the European Commission regarding its “shockingly passive” position on clear discrimination against LGBT* people in Lithuania. On November 7th, 2016 the European Commission informed the National LGBT* rights organization LGL that it would take no action over a 2013 law that claims


On November 2nd, 2016 the Government of the Republic of Lithuania took part in the 26th session of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review, at which time it presented its report on the human rights situation in the country and responded to other member states’ questions and recommendations. In the 26th session, Lithuania received as

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Lithuanian Singer Ruslanas Kirilkinas to Perform at Rainbow Ball in Vienna

Ruslanas Kirilkinas, Lithuanian singer and the winner of „Music Academy“, will appear at the charity event „Rainbow Ball“, which will be held for the twentieth time on January 28th, 2017 in Vienna. The singer has prepared a special piece for the event – an anthem for the Lithuanian LGBT* community, which will be presented as


During a video interview for media outlet Alfa the leader of the ruling Lithuanian Peasant and Green Party Ramūnas Karbauskis insisted that his party „will not have a liberal view on same sex partnership law“. The politician further emphasized that „same sex partnerships will not be considered by the current Lithuanian Parliament“. Earlier this year


MP Širinskienė: Homosexuality is Not a State of Being

During an interview for a debate show “Teisė Žinoti”, broadcasted by Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT) on November 27th, 2016 Agnė Širinskienė, MP and the newly elected Chairwoman for the Committee on Health Affairs of Seimas, equated homosexual relations to smoking and drug abuse, when listing examples of lifestyle choices detrimental to one‘s health.


On November 14th, 2016 56 members of Lithuanian Peasant and Green Party entered the Lithuanian Parliament. One of the newly elected politicians, MP Agnė Širinskienė, was appointed as a Chairwoman for Committee on Health Affairs of Seimas on November 22nd. A controversy was caused when her Ph.D. dissertation Healthcare issues complicated by AIDS and ethical-moral


ODIHR Releases Hate Crime Report for 2015

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)‘s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) released its hate crime report for 2015, consisting of data from 41 participating countries. 113 non-governmental organizations contributed to the data about hate crimes in these 41 countries, including the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, reporting hate crimes in


LGL’s Gift to Lithuanian Libraries – Baltic Pride 2016 Photo Book

On November 9th, 2016 volunteers of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL delivered an album of the most memorable moments from Baltic Pride 2016 to our country’s libraries, meaning the book will soon be available to readers all over Lithuania. “We are pleased that the Baltic Pride 2016 photo book will be accessible to anyone


LGL presents the study on LGBT youth wellbeing and support in Lithuania

National LGBT rights organization LGL is delighted to present the publication “LGBT youth wellbeing center in Lithuania – analysis of needs and opportunities”. This publication is a result of the study that was produced within the framework of the project “#NOH8LT: Developing Effective Response to LGBT* Hate Crimes”, supported by the US State Department. The


On October 25-26, 2016, a member of the National LGBT Rights Organization LGL and a master of judo Ieva Ruzgytė, with the support from the Embassy of Sweden in Vilnius, visited Stockholm, where „Inclusion in sports“ study meeting was held. Swedish capital became the gathering place for sports athletes from Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Poland, Russia


National LGBT rights organization LGL is delighted to present the “Toolkit on the Needs of Victims Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic crime”. This publication is a result of the work of a group of international and national experts. The practical guide was produced in the framework of two projects – “#NOH8LT: Developing Effective Response to LGBT*


On 23rd October, 2016 the Farmers’ and Green Party won in the second round of the Lithuanian general elections. Led by its leader Ramūnas Karbauskis, it now has 56 seats in the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania. It drew ahead of the Homeland Union-Christian Democratic Party, which has 31 MPs, of Gabrielius Landsbergis, who