“Speak Out” Project Kick-off Meeting Held in Vilnius

On January 17-19, 2019 the National LGBT rights organization LGL, together with its partner “Cavaria” (Belgium) organized a kick-off meeting for the project “Speak Out” in Vilnius.

“Speak Out” project aims to alleviate the problem of underreporting of anti-LGBT hate crime and hate speech by creating sustainable change. By raising awareness and equipping LGBT individuals with better understanding of their freedoms and protections, the project will have a lasting impact on public discussions and on online interactions, challenging anti-LGBT expressions.

During the kick-off meeting project partners discussed project goals, strategies, activities and further steps to be taken in order to counter hate towards LGBT persons.

Among other activities, in the course of the project a survey targeting LGBT people regarding hate speech and hate crime incidents will be launched, a handbook on restorative justice and rehabilitation will be prepared and awareness raising campaign will be implemented.

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