2023 was a year of exciting challenges and inspiring victories for the National LGBT rights organization LGL. This December LGL celebrated its 30th birthday. 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. We actively provided emotional support to LGBT children and young people and encouraged to pay attention to their needs. LGL organized an international conference to discuss the situation of LGBT young people in Lithuania and presented the data of the survey of Lithuanian students and the research report. Together with the volunteers of LGL’s emotional support platform and the representatives of “Beigelių krautuvėlė”, we held meetings with school communities and organized trainings for specialists. We strengthened capacities and competences and developed guidelines for professionals working with children.
We have contributed to the opportunities of LGBT persons to develop the necessary skills for employment. We successfully organized free IT courses and organized the first conference in Lithuania on LGBTI inclusion at work.
LGL carried out LGBT human rights advocacy at the national and international level. We held an inter-institutional discussion on the needs of a national LGBTIQ rights plan, submitted comments for the 2020-2025 LGBTIQ equality strategy mid-term review, organized intersectional discussion on hate crime victim support, renewed efforts to end LGBT censorship in Lithuania with a petition signed by 16360 people and a protest aimed at urging decision-makers to repeal the discriminatory provision of the Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information. We participated in the high-level conference on LGBTIQ equality in the EU in Stockholm, the practical learning mobility program, the IDAHOT forum and the Nordic LGBTI conference in Reykjavík, the Baltic Pride 2023 festival in Tallinn, CoE Parliamentary Assembly hearing, the discussion on LGBTIQ rights ahead of the 2024 elections at the European Parliament, annual IGLYO conference in Podgorica and annual ILGA-Europe conference in Ljubljana.
LGL paid special attention to the prevention of hate crimes and hate speech against LGBT people. Together with international partners, we carried out a research on improving support measures for victims of hate crime and prepared training materials for specialists. We have been continuously monitoring social networking sites for hate speech comments based on sexual orientation. This year we reported 500 anti-LGBT hate speech comments to social media platforms.
We also dedicated the year 2023 to the preparations for the LT Pride 2024 festival, which will take place on June 5-8 in Vilnius next year. We are sure that the opportunity to bring the community together for the Pride every year will contribute to increasing the visibility of the local LGBT community and raising awareness on important LGBT human rights issues in society.
This would not have been possible without your support. Therefore, we kindly invite you to consider including LGL in your festivities with a donation this holiday season. Your support will allow us to do more!