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The arrival of Spring calls for reflection upon the past year, and the goals and expectations that defined it. Last year, the national LGBT* rights organization LGL completed more projects and hosted more events for the general public and the LGBT* community than ever before, and these initiatives were recognized both in Lithuania and abroad.

On 19-22 February 2014 two LGL representatives participated in a Kick-Off Meeting in Warsaw (Poland) for the project ‘Accommodating the needs of the victims of homophobic and transphobic hate crimes – raising the competences of law-enforcement institutions’, co-funded by the European Commission. The project is aimed at diagnosing specific needs of the aforementioned victims in

“Amnesty International” criticizes Lithuania’s violation of LGBT* rights

In its annual report concerning the state of human rights throughout the world, the international non-governmental organization Amnesty International criticized Lithuania’s violation of LGBT* rights. “The law designed for the ‘protection of minors’ against the detrimental effect of public information violates the freedom of self-expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people,” states the

European Day for Victims of Crime: LGL expresses its solidarity to the victims

Yesterday, 22nd February 2015, European Day for Victims of Crime was celebrated. The National LGBT* Organization LGL wants to express its solidarity to all the many millions of people –children, women, men, poor, wealthy, residents and visitors to the EU- that every year suffer and have suffered  at the hands of criminals. The European Day

On February 18th, 2015 the District Court of Klaipėda Region affirmed the order by the District Court’s of Klaipėda City to dismiss a formal complaint about hateful online comments regarding a same-sex kiss picture by two students. The initial complaint was filed by the national LGBT* rights organization LGL. As stated in the current judgment,

Police Refuses to Start Investigation into Threats Made against LGL

On January 29th, 2015 the national LGBT* rights association LGL received a decision by the Senior Investigator from the Vilnius Country Police Headquarters refusing to start a pre-trial investigation into the previous warning from the Lithuanian MP Algirdas Vaclovas Patackas about LGL facing a “massacre [as] in Paris”. The Senior Investigator concluded that “the Member

Lithuanian Court labels a same-sex kiss as “eccentric behavior”

On January 28, 2015 the District Court of Klaipėda City passed an order to dismiss a formal complaint about hateful online comments regarding a same-sex kiss picture by two students, filed by the national LGBT* rights organization LGL. As stated in the court order, a person who posts a same-sex kiss photo in a public

LGL Reacts to Hateful Comments Regarding Same-Sex Kiss on FaceBook

On December 12th, 2014 the national LGBT* rights organization LGL submitted a complaint to the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Lithuania about hateful online comments regarding a same-sex kiss picture by two students from Kaunas. On December 8th, 2014 a young man posted a photo on social network “Facebook” showing him kissing his

ODIHR’s hate crime reporting for 2013 is now available

OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) released hate crime data for 2013. Thirty-six participating States submitted information, along with 109 NGOs covering incidents in 45 countries, including Lithuania. The national LGBT* rights organization LGL notified ODIHR about two physical assaults resulting in serious injuries, including the gang-rape of a gay man, a

An Unprecedented Advance for Trans Rights in Malaysia

In a landmark ruling, Malaysia’s Putrajaya Court of Appeal ruled on Friday (Nov. 7) that it is unconstitutional for the state of Negeri Sembilan to criminalize transgender individuals for “cross dressing,” reports the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC). Citing articles of the Constitution of Malaysia that protect fundamental liberties, including equality, freedom