The national lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT*) rights association LGL is the only nongovernmental organization in Lithuania exclusively representing the interests of the local LGBT* community. LGL is one of the most stable and mature organizations within the civic sector in the country as it was founded on 3 December 1993. The main principle that characterizes the activities of the association is that of independence from any political or financial interests, with the aim of attaining effective social inclusion and integration of the local LGBT* community in Lithuania. Based on its expertise in the fields of advocacy, awareness raising and community building, accumulated during twenty years of organizational existence, LGL strives for the consistent progress in the field of human rights for LGBT* people.
At the moment LGL’s team is composed of 5 Board members, 7 staff members, 2 international volunteers (participating in the activities of the organization within the framework of the European Voluntary Service) and more than 20 local and international volunteers. Our team is vibrant dynamic, energetic and always open for new members, ideas and projects. It has to be emphasized that not only homosexual individuals participate in the activities of the organization. Together with the members of the local LGBT* community, we are proud of our friends and supporters, who first and foremost associate LGBT* rights with the issues of democratic governance and effective human rights protection for all the citizens of the Republic of Lithuania without any exceptions.
The office of the association LGL is located in Vilnius, Pylimo str. 21. This is the space where the LGL team is implementing various projects, organizing meetings and constantly inviting members of the local LGBT* community and their supporters to attend various events. The LGL office is also the home for the sole LGBT* center in the country. The Center hosts a library in relation to the organization’s activities, free internet access is provided and people are always welcome to come by for a cup of coffee or tea. The LGBT* center is open for all well-meaning visitors who are willing to know more about the activities of the organization and about the situation of LGBT* human rights in Lithuania.
LGL is a member of the National Equality and Diversity Forum (NEDF, www.nlif.lt) and the Human Rights Coalition. LGL also takes part in international cooperation within the framework of international umbrella organizations such as:
ILGA (International Gay and Lesbian Association, IGLYO (the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth and Student Organization), EPOA (The European Pride Organizers Association), Fundamental Rights Agency Civic Society and Fundamental Rights Platform (FRA, fra.europa.eu), TGEU (The European Transgender Network), ANSO (Association of Nordic and Pol-Balt LGBTQ Student Organizations) and international voluneering network Volunteurope.
We believe that our strategic objectives can be achieved only through positioning the LGBT* rights question within the broader discourse on human rights, therefore we actively support various initiatives both on national and international levels.