2021 was a year of exciting challenges and inspiring victories for the National LGBT rights organization LGL. Thanks to your encouragement and support, LGL was able to take many important steps aimed at improving the LGBT human rights situation in Lithuania.
This year, LGL has implemented several successful projects. Despite the COVID-19 restrictions, we actively provided emotional support to LGBT children and young people and urged not to lose sight of their needs. Together with the volunteers of the emotional support platform, we organized bullying prevention seminars for teachers, professionals, parents and young people. We have developed an interactive app for children and young people and a guide for professionals on combating all forms of violence against LGBT children.
In 2021, the first group of students completed the IT courses organized by LGL. LGL’s IT courses have also attracted Google’s attention. LGL became one of 13 organizations to win Google’s philanthropic initiative “Google.org Impact Challenge” earlier this year.
We also actively defended the interests of LGBT families. We ran a visibility campaign during which same-sex partners talked about the practical challenges facing LGBT families in Lithuania. We organized a conferenceon the protection and diversity of families at the Ministry of Justice, and we also discussed this topic at the National Human Rights Forum.
We have collaborated with the European Commission and IT companies to report hate speech against LGBT people. We have also been active in various LGBT human rights issues in the public sphere.
We have also dedicated 2021 to the preparations for the Baltic Pride 2022 festival, which will take place on June 1-5 next year. We are confident that Baltic Pride 2022 will enter the history of the LGBT human rights movement as the most successful and ambitious festival for the LGBT community in independent Lithuania.
This will not be possible without your support. Therefore, we kindly invite you to consider including Baltic Pride 2022 in your festivities with a donation this holiday season. Your support will allow us to do more!