Latvia and Lithuania: human rights on the march?

The lack of respect, protection and fulfilment of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people is still an area for concern in Latvia and Lithuania. Amnesty International is concerned that in these countries, human rights including the rights to freedom of expression and assembly are not fully guaranteed. With this document,

The Challenge to Gays and Lesbians by Member of Seimas (Parliament)

Order and Justice MP Petras Gražulis has proposed imposing the same sanctions for the instigation to engage in bestiality, necrophilia, and homosexuality. This has caused the outrage of Vladimir Simonko, head of the Lithuanian Gay League. The parliamentarian holds the opinion that relevant amendments to the Criminal Code should be adopted. He suggests amending the

Vilnius Mayor seems no obstacles for hosting Baltic Gay Pride parade next year

Vilnius’ Conservative mayor Vilius Navickas says there are no hindrances for hosting a Baltic gay pride parade in the Lithuanian capital next year. His statement came in comment of reports in the Latvian media that Latvia’s sexual minority organizations believe Vilnius administration would not allow the event in Lithuania. “I have not heard anything about

Open letter to the governments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

Today, on the International Day against homophobia, we, representatives of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in the three Baltic countries are turning to our governments to urge you to take specific measures in order to improve the situation for people of different sexual orientation and gender identities in our countries. Currently LGBT

European Parliament’s Intergroup on gay and lesbian rights urges the Parliament of Lithuania (Seimas) to stop the anti-democratic law amendments which would severely impair the freedom of speech of LGBT citizens. Lithuanian government has proposed to amend the law on protection of children and if passed, it will criminalise public information of any kind on

European Parliament’s Intergroup on gay and lesbian rights urges the Parliament of Lithuania (Seimas) to stop the anti-democratic law amendments which would severely impair the freedom of speech of LGBT citizens. Lithuanian government has proposed to amend the law on protection of children and if passed, it will criminalise public information of any kind on

Tightening the gender loop in Lithuania?

LGL press review 02 04 2009 From the official today press release of the Ministry of Social Affairs of Lithuania: http://www.socmin.lt/index.php?-972103636 Minister of social affairs and employment Rimantas Jonas Dagys has issued an order to the specialists to review all gender equality programmes which are implemented in the ministry of social affairs and employment. (…)

Open letter to the Lithuanian government, the city council of Vilnius and the organizers of the Vilnius European Cultural Capital – 2009: We are deeply disappointed and outraged to see Swedish and other news reports maintaining that you are deliberately ignoring the contribution of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans cultural workers from Lithuania and the

The Lithuanian GLBT community suffers discrimination

VILNIUS – After years of repression by former Vilnius mayor Juozas Imbrasas, who was thrown out of office in February, new Mayor Vilius Navickas has shown little improvement in the eyes of the gay community after he said he wouldn’t condone a Gay Pride parade in the center of town. Navickas, the new conservative Mayor

Lithuania’s EU Commissioner denies she is a lesbian

A leading Euro politician has responded to speculation about her personal life. Dalia Grybauskaite is the EU Commissioner for Financial Planning and Budgets. Yesterday she confirmed that she will be a candidate for President of her homeland, Lithuania, in May’s elections. She was asked as part of an online Q&A with a Lithuanian website about

Complaint from the Lithuanian Gay League accepted for hearing

09.01.2009 5:09 p.m. Vilnius County administrative court (VCAC) accepted a complaint from the Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) regarding overruling the decision of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Service (EOOS) and obligating it to hear the complaint anew. In November of last year the EOOS decided not to examine the complaint of the Lithuanian Gay League and

Beyond the pink curtain

The death of Communism in Europe brought renewed freedom for millions in the East and although homosexuality has been legalised, homophobia remains entrenched as an institutional practice in this part of the world. Previous films have documented the problems of the region. They describe a Pink Curtain in place of the Iron Curtain and show