On 5th July, 2019 the National LGBT organization LGL held an LGBT sensitivity training for the employees of the main Lithuanian news portal 15min.lt. By organizing this training, LGL aimed to raise the awareness of professional journalists in fighting the phenomenon of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in mass media.
During the training, journalists were familiarized with Media Reporting and Reference Guide on LGBT Issues and were provided with tips on better reporting on LGBT issues. Journalists also had a chance to perform various practical tasks and analyze publications about LGBT issues in Lithuanian media.
“We are glad, that 15min.lt portal not only became the main information partner of the Baltic Pride 2019, but also successfully continues to increase visibility of the LGBT community in Lithuania. We are fascinated by portal representatives’ willingness to enrich their knowledge on ethical representation of LGBT issues in the mass media”, commented Eglė Kuktoraitė, the Communication Manager at the national LGBT rights organization LGL, who led the training.
“We are the first mass media channel in Lithuania, which openly expressed support to LGBT community. We are excited that we showed an example to other mass media that it is important to contribute to fostering of human rights. Even though we reached great results and Baltic Pride events are over, we continue to collaborate with LGL and 15min.lt portal will continue to consistently educate and inform society on various human rights subjects. The E.T.HO.S. project proves the continuation of our successful partnership with LGL”, claiming Karolis Banevičius, Marketing Manager at 15min.lt.
Žygimantas Gedvila / 15min pictures.
E.T.Ho.S project aims to increase awareness and knowledge among media professionals and students about non-discriminatory representation of LGBT people in Media, to increase awareness about the phenomenon of homophobic, transphobic and biphobic media discourse among decision makers, professionals and the public, and to improve the representation of LGBT people and rights by media and political parties.
This training was organized as part of the project “Eliminating Transphobic, Homobophic and Biphobic Stereotypes through Better Media Representation (E.T.HO.S.)” with the financial support of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union.