Human Rights in Lithuania

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Decade of the Baltic Pride: How did the Idea for this LGBT Event in the Three Baltic States Started?

The fourth Baltic Pride in Vilnius this year coincided with the 10th anniversary of the Baltic Pride in the Baltic States. Since 2010, when the LGBT community march was first organized in Vilnius, the event has changed beyond recognition. Why and how activists came up with the idea of organizing an LGBT community march every
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Join us for the Baltic Pride 2019 March For Equality on 8 June!

Baltic Pride March For Equality will take place in Vilnius in just 22 days! Join the Baltic Pride March for yourself, for your loved ones, for those who cannot participate. Let’s celebrate love and inclusion. We are family! Dance till the sun comes up at the Baltic Pride 2019 Closing Party, enjoy the music and
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Exclusive Interview with “Rocketman” Director Dexter Fletcher: “We did not shy away from the Theme of Homosexuality when Creating this Film”

At the end of 2018, the biographical film “Bohemian Rapsody” became a hit all over the world. In preparations for the Baltic Pride 2019 festival, Dexter Fletcher, director of the film “Rocketman”, based on the life of the music legend Elton John, gives an exclusive interview about why openness about sexual orientation in Hollywood has
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„Baltic Pride“ 2019 Festival Motto: „We are Family“

Reacting to opinions expressed by certain leading candidates towards same-sex marriage and civil partnership in Lithuanian Republic president debates, the National LGBT rights organization LGL, organizer of the “Baltic Pride“ 2019, announced upcoming events motto: „We are family“. According to Vladimir Simonko, Executive Director of the National LGBT rights organization, certain presidential candidates’ statements demonstrated
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U.S. Department of State: Societal attitudes toward LGBTI persons in Lithuania remain largely negative

Intolerance and societal discrimination remained persistent in Lithuania during the last year, according to the annual report of the U.S. Department of State. Regarding the freedom of expression and freedom of press, the report continues to mention that it is illegal to publish material that is “detrimental to minors’ bodies or thought processes” or that
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The fourth Baltic Pride in Vilnius this year coincided with the 10th anniversary of the Baltic Pride in the Baltic States. Since 2010, when the LGBT community march was first organized in Vilnius, the event has changed beyond recognition. Why and how activists came up with the idea of organizing an LGBT community march every

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Irish scholar, independent Senator, civil rights activist and candidate for President of Ireland in the October 2011 election David Patrick Bernard Norris has been at the forefront of the Irish LGBT human rights movement. Being the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in Ireland and founder of the Campaign for Homosexual

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British Labour politician, former actor, Member of the European Parliament and co-founder of LGBT rights charity Stonewall Lord Michael Cashman is a long-time supporter of the LGBT human rights movement in Lithuania. Having participated in the ILGA-Europe Conference held in 2007 and attended the first Baltic Pride March in Vilnius, Lord Michael Cashman closely followed

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Moments from the Pride Voices Gala Captured in a Video by LGL

National LGBT rights organisation LGL presents a video capturing the moments from the unique Pride Voices Gala event, which took place in the Lithuanian Russian Drama Theatre on the 7th of June under the framework of the Baltic Pride 2019 festival. The creators of the video succeeded to capture the atmosphere and emotions of this

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(Geneva, July 12, 2019) – In a defining vote, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution to renew the mandate of the Independent Expert focusing on the protection against violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 27 in favour, with

LGL diskusija apie zmogaus teises su 15min zurnalistais

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

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“Amsterdam” and “Naglis” – little has been heard about these magazines published at the end of the 20th century, but they have played an important role in the history of Lithuanian sexual minorities. Before the Internet was popular, these first two Lithuanian magazines for LGBT community members were the only source of knowledge and information

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LGL’s Communications Coordinator Eglė Talks About LGBT Human Rights Activism

LGBT Allies are heterosexual people who work for the LGBT community. Eglė Kuktoraitė, Communications Manager at the National LGBT rights organization LGL, is one of them. Working at LGL, she faces homophobia and hatred: companies refuse to rent cars, reservations at cafés suddenly “disappear” or office doors are set on fire. Hatred affected her personally

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Join us for the Baltic Pride 2019 March For Equality on 8 June!

Baltic Pride March For Equality will take place in Vilnius in just 22 days! Join the Baltic Pride March for yourself, for your loved ones, for those who cannot participate. Let’s celebrate love and inclusion. We are family! Dance till the sun comes up at the Baltic Pride 2019 Closing Party, enjoy the music and

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LGL Sent a Leaflet about Hate Speech to Residents of Major Lithuanian Cities

National LGBT Rights Organization LGL has published a leaflet against hate speech „Hate is Not a Family Value“. On 14-18 May, 2019 10 000 copies of the leaflet were sent out to the citizens of 5 biggest Lithuanian cities: Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Panevėžys and Šiauliai.  It is hoped, that this leaflet will serve as a

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Due to the upcoming “Baltic Pride” 2019 festival, we visited the Embassy of Sweden located in the very heart of Vilnius and had a meeting with the Ambassador of Sweden to Lithuania, H. E. Maria Christina Lundqvist. Ambassador kindly agreed to share the recipe for Swedish leadership in the field of human rights and tried

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At the end of 2018, the biographical film “Bohemian Rapsody” became a hit all over the world. In preparations for the Baltic Pride 2019 festival, Dexter Fletcher, director of the film “Rocketman”, based on the life of the music legend Elton John, gives an exclusive interview about why openness about sexual orientation in Hollywood has

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