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LGL Positive Role Model Campaign Encourages LGBTI Family Acceptance

LGL invites all members of society to get to know and connect with LGBTI families and their daily struggles arising from the lack of both legal recognition and social acceptance. Personal stories allow to see the issues of family rights recognition through the eyes of LGBTI people and their loved ones while calling for development of

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Equal Rights Coalition statement on human rights violations in Chechnya

In December 2018, OSCE Moscow Mechanism rapporteur’s independent report on the situation in Chechnya found ‘clear evidence of the successive purges against LGBTI persons’ in Chechnya as well as of numerous other grave Human Rights violations. The report documented that LGBTI persons in Chechnya had been subjected to systematic harassment, persecution, arbitrary arrests and detentions,

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New TGEU report on trans parenthood and freedom of movement in the EU

TGEU is publishing the report, “Stuck on the swing: experiences of trans parents with freedom of movement in the EU”. TGEU spoke with 18 trans parents from across Europe, who spoke about their grief, anxiety, and fear for their own safety when travelling. But mostly, they were concerned about their children. We would like to

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Nearly one-quarter of LBQ women are parents

New research from the Williams Institute finds nearly one-quarter of LBQ women ages 18 to 59 and an estimated 24% of female same-sex couples have had children. Parents were more likely to be bisexual, in a relationship with a man, and non-urban. Bisexual parents reported greater psychological distress, less life satisfaction and happiness, and less

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LGBTI in Lithuania: Equality Priorities Remain in a Political Periphery

Unprecedented success of  Baltic Pride 2019 festival in Vilnius which brought together around 10 000 LGBTI people and their allies marked the beginning of certain positive changes towards LGBTI acceptance and equality.  However, even after LGBTI-friendly Liberal political powers secured their place in the ruling coalition in 2020, the pace of change leaves a lot to

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LGL Executive Director Participated in RENEW Europe Online Webinar

On 4 March, 2021 Vladimir Simonko, Executive Director of the National LGBT rights organization LGL, participated in RENEW Europe online webinar “Enforcing LGBTI rights across the Union. Legislation and Litigation”. This webinar hosted by Sophie in ‘t Veld MEP discussed the application and enforcement of EU law and principles in the field of LGBTI rights. It

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DRAG QUEEN TO REPRESENT LITHUANIA IN THE FIRST EVER EUROVISION FOR DRAG ARTISTS

Lithuania born Karolis Servetka, also known as Vanda Saiko, has been chosen from thousands to represent Lithuania in the first ever Eurovision Style TV show made exclusively for Drag Artists! The Contest will be shown across the globe and will feature 33 of Europe’s ‘best of the best’ in Drag Entertainment, hosted by Drag Race

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Leaders of Lithuania’s Christian religious communities have issued a joint statement, opposing moves to ratify a document on fighting gender violence and to recognise same-sex unions. “Recently, several legislative initiatives that try to deny human nature and endanger the common good of the society have been a cause for concern,” they said in the statement.

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Lithuanian companies and other organisations support LGBTIQ+ community

Seeing current tensions in Lithuania and an increasing volume of hate speech towards LGBTQ+ people, on Friday, March 5th members of Lithuanian Diversity Charter issued a statement supporting LGBTIQ+ community. Companies, public institutions and NGOs called for mutual respect in discussions on sensitive matters and sticking to facts and research rather than emotions. It is

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LGBTI families still lack public support, survey results show

Survey by Baltijos tyrimai, implemented on 15-19 of January, 2021, reflected Lithuanian opinion on same-sex family rights.  While overall support remains very low, survey revealed certain new tendencies. 41% of respondents agreed that it is necessary to lay down laws regulating same-sex partners’ rights despite not agreeing that such relationship constitutes a family. Only 8 %

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Recent homophobic attacks unite human rights opponents (Updated)

On February 19, 2021, press conference regarding the resignation of Tomas Vytautas Raskevičius, the openly homosexual chair of the Human Rights Committee, was held in the Lithuanian Parliament. Chair of the Human Rights Committee was attacked by unfounded claims of ‘traditional family values’ supporters who insisted on his resignation. These efforts included the petition for his resignation

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Speaker of the Seimas and leader of ruling Liberals Movement of the Republic of Lithuania Party Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen faced criticism from conservative forces when she proposed to appoint Vytautas Mizaras, a lawyer who represented the local LGBT community in the court, as a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania. Čmilytė-Nielsen informed