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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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Sir Ian McKellen invites you to the Baltic Pride 2019 in Vilnius

Sir Ian McKellen (79), a British veteran actor and an LGBT human rights activist, recorded a video greeting inviting everyone to join the Baltic Pride March For Equality in Vilnius on June 8th. In his video, „The Lord of the Rings“ and „The Hobbit“ star emphasizes the political significance of the Baltic Pride 2019 march

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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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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

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IGLYO Inclusive Education Report 2018: Lithuania

Anti-discrimination law The Law on Equal Treatment (Art. 6, last amended in 2017) establishes that educational, scientifc, and academic institutions are obliged to ensure equal admission, scholarship/funding and/evaluation conditions for persons regardless of their sexual orientation. More specifically, it states that educational and academic institutions and as well as other bodies carrying out the informal

On 5th December, 2018 the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania held a public hearing of the case on determining whether Constitutional provisions regarding freedom of movement of family members apply for same-sex couples. In the absence of the representative of the party concerned, the examination of the case was postponed until 3rd January,