On March 20th, 2016 a meeting to consider the Constitutional amendment, which seeks to define “family life” as emanating exclusively from a marriage between a man and a woman, has been scheduled at the Legal Affairs Committee of the Lithuanian Parliament. However, the Committee failed to meet the quorum and the consideration of the draft

LGL Submits Shadow Report to Universal Periodic Review

In March, 2016 the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL, in cooperation with international human rights organizations „ILGA-Europe“ and „Sexual Rights Initiative“, made a joint Universal Periodic Review submission to the UN Human Rights Council on the LGBT* human rights situation in the country. The shadow report, submitted by LGL and its international partners, highlights the

Dutch city to get gay traffic lights

The Dutch city of Utrecht is to follow a number of other European cities and install ‘gay’ traffic lights. The city council installed the lights, which feature two men and two women holding hands, at two pedestrian crossings in the city. The city claimed the move was made to show how it would accept all

Representatives of the U.S. Department of State visited LGL

On 11th of February, 2015 in cooperation with the US Embassy in Vilnius, the LGBT* Centre of the national LGBT* organization LGL was visited by Rob Berschinski, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, and Erin M Spitzer, the Program Officer of the U.S. Department

New York City to host WorldPride on 50th anniversary of Stonewall riots

New York City will host WorldPride in 2019, it has been confirmed – 50 years on from the Stonewall riots. The city has been chosen as the latest host of the international LGBT Pride event, which celebrates equality in cities around the world. WorldPride was last held in 2014 in Toronto, and has previously been

NEDF organized an international seminar on human rights principles and religious values

In order to seek for a constructive dialogue between LGBT* people and religious communities, the member organizations of the National Equality and Diversity Forum (NEDF), including the national LGBT* rights organization LGL, in collaboration with European Network on Religion and Belief organized an international seminar-discussion “Religion, traditional values and human rights” on the 11th of

On the 3d of September, 2015 the national LGBT* rights organization LGL received an official letter from the United Nations, International Organizations and Human Rights Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, informing about Lithuania’s position in the U.N. Security Council meeting on the 24th of August, 2015. In response

EVS Volunteer at EuroPride: My Experience

From the 15th to the 21st of June, EuroPride historically took place in Riga. I am speaking of history due to the unique and singular characterization of the event: EuroPride took place in a post-Soviet country for the first time. This marked a break in the wall, which was done in a peaceful and colorful

Obama tells Kenyan President to stop discriminating against gay people

Barack Obama has told Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta that gay people must be treated equally under the law, or else “bad things” will happen. The US President, whose father was from Kenya, is currently visiting the country for the first time as President. During an interview with the BBC’s John Sopel prior to his visit Africa, President Obama

Lithuania grapples with homophobia

Lithuania has recently started discussing its attitudes towards homosexuality, in what remains a novelty for a country ranked among the most homophobic in the EU. While data shows that attitudes remain largely the same, many agree that the debates are proof that a change may be coming, albeit slowly. The discussions were largely sparked by