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After a while of the Book Club being inactive, it has restarted this week with its first session of 2018. On Tuesday 27th February, we discussed a chapter about sexual identities, especially regarding asexuality. In another two and a half weeks, we will already meet for the second session. But what is the idea behind

Lithuanian Ministry of Health Enables Immediate Access to HIV Treatment

Health Minister Aurelius Veryga has signed an order for patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to start treatment immediately after being diagnosed with it, as opposed to having to wait for the virus to progress. This treatment is expected to be covered by the Mandatory Health Insurance Fund (PDSF). Previously, patients who were HIV positive

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Lithuanian Prime Minister Wants Same-Sex Partnerships Law

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis used an LGBT rights rally in Vilnius to call on the Lithuanian parliament to pass legislation for registered same-sex partnerships. The Prime Minister of Lithuania chose Valentine’s Day to solicit political support of same-sex couples. The Delfi reported Wednesday that Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis used an LGBT rights rally in the

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Valentine’s Game Night at LGL

This Valentine’s day we got to be surrounded by some very friendly faces in our full-hearted decorated community center, and have a great time playing games. Uno, blitz, jenga and exploding kittens were only some of the popular options we got to choose from in this Valentine’s Game Night. A special thank you to everyone

LGL’s EVS Volunteers Took Part in On-Arrival Training

The on-arrival training provided by the National Agency for João and Arnold, our EVS volunteers, took place near Trakai. During this three-days training, nine volunteers from different projects got together in a secluded villa, 15 kilometres away from Trakai’s centre.  With an age range from 19 to 28, coming from Italy, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Romania

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“Call It Hate” Kicks-Off in Bergamo (Italy)

Tomas V. Raskevičius, LGL‘s Policy Coordinator, participated in a kick-off meeting for the international project “Call It Hate: Raising Awareness of Anti-LGBT Hate Crime“, held on February 8th-9th, 2018 in Bergamo (Italy). The project builds upon the continuing efforts by the association LGL to counteract the negative phenomenon of anti-LGBT hate crimes and hate speech

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On January 23, Members of the European Parliament, representatives from European Institutions, Member State governments, and civil society organisations met at the European Parliament for the launch of the first LGBTQI Inclusive Education Index and Report, created by IGLYO – The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Intersex (LGBTQI) Youth and Student Organisation. The

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Eglė Kuktoraitė, Communications Coordinator of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, participated in a kick-off meeting for the international project “E.T.Ho.S: Eliminating Transphobic, Homobophic and Biphobic Stereotypes through Better Media Representation“, held on 5th-6th of February, 2018 in Athens (Greece). During the „E.T.Ho.S” project kick-offf meeting, project partners discussed future activities and finalized plans for

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2017 LGBT* Rights in Lithuania Overview: Challenges and Victories

As we begin another year of LGBT* human rights activism, it’s important to stop for a moment to assess what the LGBT* rights movement in Lithuania was able to achieve in 2017, and what political and social circumstances will continue to impact our community this year. 2016’s parliamentary elections, and the “peasants” and “social workers”

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“Utopia, a place doesn’t exist” Festival opens in Minsk

Minsk, January 26th opening of the festival-visibility campaign “Утопія, Месца якога няма” (Eng. “Utopia, a place that doesn’t exist”). A tow week festival organized by DOTYk, Journalist for Tolerance and a group of collaborators features art exhibition, workshops, lectures, performances all dedicated to discuss equality, living in modern Belarus and social vulnerabilities. Utopia or anti-utopia?

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On September 1st, 2017, Lithuanian schools adopted a new General Program for Health, Sexual Education and Family Planning, which, among other things, prevents the provision of physically or psychologically harmful, incorrect, biased or one-sided information, as well as that which encourages dissatisfaction with one’s body, appearance or sexual orientation, or discourages acceptance of these traits.

EVS Volunteer João: My first impressions in Vilnius

I landed in Vilnius in the 31st of December 2017, just in time for the New Year’s Eve. It felt like a very literal representation of the expression – new year, new life. For the last few months, I have been living in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. The sun and the beach were a