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Countries without same-sex marriage saw rise in homophobia, study shows

European countries that do not legally recognize same-sex relationships, including Lithuania, have seen a rise in homophobia over the last 14 years, a new study by Hungarian researchers suggests. The study, co-authored by Judit Takacs of the Hungarian Academy of Science, shows that, by contrast, acceptance of gay and lesbian relationships increased in countries that

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Hatred on social media: Report it, or observe passively?

With the popularity of social media, each internet user now has the right to openly express their thoughts on various issues. Many commenters on online forums have moved to social media, where one can speak out without moderation. Facebook, the most popular social media platform in Lithuania, has given its users unprecedented visibility and freedom

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Rio de Janeiro: The hottest LGBT tourist spot

In terms of LGBT rights, Latin America is one of the more progressive parts of the Americas, and Brazil could be called one of the leaders in the region. One of the hottest destinations for LGBT tourism in Latin America is Brazil’s capital Rio de Janeiro. LGBT culture is well-integrated into city life there. An

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LGL Representatives Participated in the 22nd ILGA-Europe Annual Conference

On 24th-27th October, 2018 the representatives of the National LGBT rights organization LGL participated the 22nd ILGA-Europe annual conference. This year the theme of the conference was “Politics for Change: From Words into Action”. During the conference the changes to the Constitution of ILGA-Europe were officially approved. The conference also included elections of new ILGA-Europe

Human Rights Abuses in Chechnya: 15 OSCE Countries Invoke Vienna Mechanism

On August 30, 2018 fifteen governments in Europe and North America, including Lithuania, released a statement in request for Russia to put an end to serious human rights violations and abuses in Chechnya, involving systematic persecution, detention and torture of perceived or actual homosexuals. Acting as members of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in

Ministers and representatives of the member countries of the Equal Rights Coalition have met in a global conference in Vancouver, Canada. In the conference, spanning from the 5th of August to the 7th of August, the representatives have pledged to build a world where no one is left behind – regardless of their sexual orientation,

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UN Human Rights Committee Urges Lithuania to Ensure LGBTI Human Rights

United Nations Human Rights Committee has urged Lithuania to ensure LGBTI human rights. The Committee criticized the Law on the Protection of Minors Against the Detrimental Effects of Public Information, which unjustifiably limits freedom of speech on LGBT* matters. The Law states that underage people are harmed by such information and that it should be

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On June 27th, Eglė Kuktoraitė, communications coordinator of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, participated in a meeting with representatives from the European Commission, as well as Google+, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube, at Facebook’s Dublin headquarters. During the meeting, representatives from several European non-governmental organizations currently monitoring hate speech on social media discussed problems

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Together with the Association LGL to “BalticPride 2018” Parade in Riga

Join LGL on June 9th and come to one of the biggest LGBT* community events in the Baltic States with the specially reserved LGL bus. Let’s celebrate diversity and freedom together representing Lithuania while marching in the Baltic Pride 2018 parade in Riga under LGL’s flag together with a cool company: staff, volunteers and friends of

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Canada and Chile co-chair Equal Rights Coalition

As strong advocates for human rights, Canada and Chile are committed to promoting and protecting LGBTI communities around the world. The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs; His Excellency (H.E.) Heraldo Muñoz Valenzuela, Chile’s Minister of Foreign Affairs; and Randy Boissonnault, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 issues, today announced Chile will

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TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono service and IGLYO, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Queer & Intersex (LGBTQI) Youth & Student Organisation launch, ‘Expression Abridged: Legal Analysis of Anti-LGBT Propaganda Laws’ today. The report discusses in detail the various legislations aimed at banning LGBT ‘propaganda’ to minors which have been enacted or

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Rainbow Rights Project Partners Met in Helsinki (Finland)

On March 7th, 2018 representatives of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL attended a Rainbow Rights: Promoting LGBTI Equality in Europe project steering committee meeting held in Helsinki (Finland). During the meeting, the project partners discussed forthcoming activities and events, shared ideas about how to make project activities more visible and reviewed project’s communication plan