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LGL Launched #LAISVA_LT Campaign

In response to Lithuanian politicians’ efforts to restrict the legal definition of what a family is, three NGOs organized a social campaign under the slogan “All Families Are Equally Important.” Sign the petition today to show your support! Julita, a single mother; granny Tamara, who raised her granddaughter by herself; Julija and Gintarė, two classy

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Five Homophobic Bills Listed in Lithuanian Parliament’s Autumn Agenda

On September 14th the Lithuanian Parliament adopted its autumn agenda, preparing to debate on five legislative amendments and legislative initiatives that seek to restrict and openly violate LGBT rights as well as the international commitments to uphold freedom of expression and to fight discrimination. First, there is the infamous Article 38 of the Constitution of

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The Conservatives Support Same-Sex Partnerships in Lithuania?

The candidates to Lithuanian Seimas felt the need to speak about tolerance and human rights prior to the upcoming election to the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania. Gabrielius Landsbergis, MEP and the Chairman of the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats party, expressed his support for same-sex partnerships during the discussion, organized by youth

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Earlier this month National LGBT rights organization LGL, together with a team of experts conducted a series of trainings on homophobic and transphobic hate crimes to the students of the Lithuanian Police School.  Such trainings for the Lithuanian law enforcement that would exclusively deal with the victimization of LGBT* persons have been organized for the

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LGL advocates for LGBT* rights during Lithuania‘s review at the United Nations

With the aim of exploring further opportunities in raising international awareness on LGBT* human rights situation in Lithuania within the framework of the second UPR cycle, on September 14th, 2016 the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL invited the representatives of various diplomatic representations residing in Lithuania to take part in a meeting, hosted by the

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Lithuanian Homeland Union Party Torn by Disagreements on Same-Sex Partnerships

On September 10, 2016 the members of the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats party convened a Council meeting. Since Gabrielius Landsbergis, MEP and the Chairman of the Homeland Union party, had spoken about his support for same-sex partnerships, Irena Degutienė, the party’s Vice-Chairperson, felt the need to address the divisions within the party on

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Representatives of the U.S. Embasy in Vilnius visited LGL

On September 8th, 2016 the LGBT* Centre of the national LGBT* organization LGL was visited by the representatives of the U.S. Embasy in Vilnius: Ted Janis, Human Rights Officer, and Giedra Gurevičiūtė-Demereckienė, Political/Economic specialist. Tomas Vytautas Raskevičius, Policy Coordinator (Human Rights) of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, made ​​a presentation about the situation of

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MEP Valentinas Mazuronis: LGBT* Marches are Conscious Instigation of Society

On June 17th, 2016 Valentinas Mazuronis, a member of the European Parliament’s Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and the chairman of Lithuania’s Labour Party, published an article in Lithuanian news portal tv3.lt, expressing his negative attitude towards the Lithuanian LGBT* community’s right to march at the “Baltic Pride” 2016 March for

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Lithuanian Government Pushes Opposite-Sex Partnership Bill

On August 11th, 2016 the Government of the Republic of Lithuania gave approval to the changes proposed by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania to the Civil Code of the Republic of Lithuania which would legalize civil partnership of opposite-sex couples and further exclude same-sex couples from legal recognition of same-sex relationships.

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European Commision launched a social campaign “We All Share the Same Dreams”

Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity has no place in our society, but for many people in Europe, it is a daily reality. The European Commission is standing against discrimination, against prejudice and against hate. We’re showing Europe that no matter who we love or who we are, we all share

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On June 28th, 2016 the Lithuanian Parliament voted in favor of the constitutional amendment, which seeks to eliminate same-sex couples from the ambit of the constitutional concept of family life. 74 MPs voted in favor of the constitutional amendment, 19 MPs voted against and 20 MPs abstained. This vote implicates that no sooner than in

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On 17 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Swedish Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke, who came to Vilnius to take part in human rights events and to express support for the Baltic Pride March for Equality on 18 June. Linkevičius hailed the excellent and intensive