Staff

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Name, surname: Vladimir Simonko

Position: Co-founder and Executive Director

E-mail: vladimir@gay.lt

About the employee: I have a long experience and a strong background in working on LGBT* rights in Lithuania, acting as expert and trainer in various national and international projects and actively participating in human rights conferences. I was an organizer of the first Eastern European Conference of ILGA in Palanga in 1994 and the annual ILGA-Europe conference in Vilnius in 2007. I was also one of the main organizers of the first Baltic Pride that took place in Vilnius in 2010. Currently I serve as a member of the Lithuanian Human Rights Coalition and National Equality and Diversity Forum. I have also participated in National Working Groups on EU anti-discrimination policy and the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All (2007).

 

 

 

 

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Name, surname: Eduardas Platovas

Position: Programmes Director

E-mail: edis@gay.lt

About the employee: I am a former journalist and hold a position at LGL since its foundation in 1993. Long time experience helped me to gain a strong background and skills in working on LGBT rights in Lithuania and shows my great commitment to human rights in general. My general activities involve: coordination of project activities and general project administration, including financial reporting and general reporting on project implementation. Other longstanding international human rights activities include organization of the “ILGA-Europe” conference in Vilnius in 2007 and the “Baltic Pride” festival in 2010, 2013 and 2016.

 

 

 

 

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Name, surname: Eglė Kuktoraitė

Position: Communications Manager

E-mail: egle@gay.lt

About the employee: I got my bachelor’s degree in Lithuanian philology and promotion from Vilnius University in 2012. While studying a Master’s degree programme of American studies in University of Turin I realized that conscious society is a vital force in making political decisions and implementing the rights of LGBT people. Employment in LGL promises a chance to apply energy and excitement of writing to publicize LGL’s humane initiatives. Therefore, if my texts would encourage a single person to a positive change – my work will be worthwhile.

 

 

 

 

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Name, surname: Odeta Makaveckaitė

Position: Accountant

E-mail: odeta@gay.lt

About the employee: I got my degree in economics at Vilnius University and ever since I have been working in the fields of financial services and accountancy. I gained plenty of experience in various positions in large companies during my career. Being responsible of all financial documents and accounts I ensure that LGBT* rights activists at least don’t need to take care of that. It is my small contribution to the cause! In my free time I enjoy resting in the nature, I like accompanying hunters (though, I don’t use a gun). Also, I try to catch every opportunity to fly to European capitals – I adore travelling!

 

 

 

 

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Name: Marinela Gremi

Position: Project Manager

E-mail: marinela@gay.lt

About the employee: I am originally from Albania. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communications, and then studied Master of Science in Public Relations at the University of Tirana. In the past four years I have been contributing as a Human Rights Journalist, Project coordinator and Executive Director for one of the most active LGBT organizations in Albania, Pro LGBT. During my work I’ve been proudly advocating for LGBT+ rights as a straight person in a country where homophobia was prevalent and I strive to do the same here in Lithuania. I’m passionate about raising awareness for issues affecting the rights of LGBT+, girls and women through using new media productions. Currently I’m following a digital university on gender equality, health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women at Women Deliver Young Leaders Program. In my free time I enjoy traveling, outdoor activities and painting.

 

 

 

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Name: Miglė Šarakauskaitė

Position: Project Manager

E-mail: migle@gay.lt

About the employee: At the moment, I am a history student at Vilnius University. I strongly believe that equal rights are fundamental human rights and should not be suppressed. Working at LGL gives me a chance to advocate for LGBT rights and work towards minimizing homophobia and discrimination. I am joining LGL team as a project manager to help ensure all “Baltic Pride 2019” events go smoothly and are as inclusive as possible. In my free time I enjoy traveling, literature and board games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Name: Agnė Jurgaitytė

Position: Project Manager

E-mail: agne@gay.lt

About the employee: I graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies, and now I am studying at the Master’s program of Human Rights and Humanitarian Action. Last semester I did an internship at the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights. I am interested in both local and global human rights issues, and enjoy learning foreign languages – I speak English, French and Japanese, and am currently learning Arabic. At LGL I will contribute to the management of “Baltic Pride 2019” projects. I think that with my work I can help defend the rights of the LGBT* community in Lithuania, as “Baltic Pride” is both a chance for the LGBT* community to celebrate being ourselves, and an opportunity to rally around the fight for LGBT* rights and show that we exist, to have important discussions and build a community.

 

 

 

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Name: Jogilė Ramoškaitė

Position: Project Manager

E-mail: jogile@gay.lt

About the employee: I have finished my bachelor‘s in Culture Politics & Culture Management and I spend my free time broadening my cultural field spectrum from active participation and volunteering perspective. I am interested in all types or art forms, performance arts, languages, other cultures and the inner communication and trust-building in organizations. Currently I am part of LGL family, responsible for an efficient, synergistic volunteer coordination in „Baltic Pride 2019“. The wish to change society, embrace tolerance and universal equality is my main urge and motivation to move forward.

 

 

 

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Name: Jokūbas Skarbalius

Position: Project Manager

E-mail: jokubas@gay.lt

About the employee: At the time when i was sitting in the high school bench, I understood that being a member of the organisations which prepare youth for the right path is my aspiration. Thats why from the first gymnasium classes I become a member of Lithuanian Liberal Youth Organization, Lithuanian Students Parliament and Educational European Parliament. These after-school activities led me to study bachelor degree of Economics and Politics at the ISM University of Management and Economics. I am thankful for my fate that being in my gymnasium classes I had an opportunity to start my career as and events, festivals and concerts promoter and until this day I am working this kind of a job. Therefore I believe that my life and work experience will help me to be a part of work towards minimizing homophobia and discrimination as well as equal rights protection for LGBT community. I try to spend my free time in nature, to cycle a bicycle and also I am not a stranger for nightlife.

 

 

 

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Name: Darren Young

Position: Project Manager

E-mail: darren@gay.lt

About the employee: Originally from the north-west of England, I grew up during the homophobic Clause 28 policy of Margaret Thatcher’s government, which banned schools from speaking about LGBT+ issues in a positive way.  This is an injustice which still burns in me and which fires my passion for helping to bring positive social changes to our world.  I completed an Anthropology degree at University College London before basing myself in the Netherlands and spending more than half of my working life in environmental activism. Falling in love with a Lithuanian in Amsterdam has led to us moving to beautiful Lithuania in spring 2019 and to this exciting opportunity at LGL, as the organisation prepares for Baltic Pride. For me personally, this is a wonderful time for learning new skills, making new friends and for starting a new life in lovely Lithuania.

 

 

 

IMG_3299Name: Vėjūnė Tamuliūnaitė

Position: Project Manager

E-mail: vejune@gay.lt

About the employee: I came to this organization from the film industry. I graduated in Film dramaturgy at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater. There I discovered documentary cinema and completely immersed in it. It has become so meaningful to me to watch stories and explore topics that are relevant to every person around the world at all times – especially when those stories help to speak out on social stigmas, issues and lead to positive social changes. I joined the LGL team as a project manager and I am motivated to help the LGBT community in Lithuania to ensure their equal opportunities and rights.

 

 

 

fotoName: Elena Dambravaitė

Position: Project Manager

E-mail: elena@gay.lt

About the employee: I was born and raised in Vilnius. I always had complete freedom to do what I want and how I want it. I would call myself very communicative.  Hard work and challenges never scares me but drives me forward. So I always try to surpass myself. I have two bachelor degrees from Vilnius University and University of Applied Sciences. I have worked as project manager in advertisement agency. On my spare time I work as wedding planner. So in terms of competences, I feel strong in project management, event organization, time planning, stress management. LGL’s mission is to eradicate homophobia and all forms of discrimination based on sexual oration and gender identity. I am more than happy that I can contribute to this mission through LGL’s work.