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Lithuanian Singer Ruslanas Kirilkinas to Perform at Rainbow Ball in Vienna

Ruslanas Kirilkinas, Lithuanian singer and the winner of „Music Academy“, will appear at the charity event „Rainbow Ball“, which will be held for the twentieth time on January 28th, 2017 in Vienna. The singer has prepared a special piece for the event – an anthem for the Lithuanian LGBT* community, which will be presented as


Vladimir Simonko, Executive Director of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, still recalls the period when homosexual relations between men were considered a criminal act in Soviet Lithuania. In addition to these romantic memories of the sunny beaches of Palanga, there were also difficult changes during the first years of independence – this state of


The first first „Active Rainbow“ workshop was held at LGBT Centre

Volunteers of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL invited to participate in the first „Active Rainbow“ workshop, which took place on the 30th March, 2016 in LGBT Centre. The participants of the event, organized by LGL volunteers, were taught to identify their own personal strengths and weaknesses and to recognize discrimination experienced by vulnerable groups

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Five homophobic and transphobic law projects in the Parliament agenda

On 15th of March Lithuanian Parliament confirmed their new agenda which lists 5 initiatives seeking to restrict LGBT* persons’ human rights once again. The proposal to change article 38 of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania is of discriminatory nature and first registered at Seimas by the end of the year 2013. This amendment


Lithuania’s Social Democratic Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius abstained from commenting on the proposal by the MP Petras Gražulis to introduce administrative liability for any public denigration of the “constitutional family values”. However, the Prime Minister of Lithuania insists that „society must conform to the norms of decency“ or otherwise „claim responsibility“. „I really can not


Canada’s new prime minister is a passionate advocate for gay rights

On the 19th of October, 2015 Canadian LGBT rights advocates welcomed Justin Trudeau’s unexpected defeat of long-time Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports that Trudeau’s Liberal Party won 54 percent of the seats in the Canadian Parliament, compared with the 29 percent that Harper’s Conservative Party retained. The National Democratic Party won

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On September 17th, 2015, the autumn work agenda of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania was approved and contains a long list of initiatives seeking to limit LGBT* rights. Firstly, there is the infamous amendment to the Law on the Fundamentals of Protection of the Rights of Child of the Republic of Lithuania, prohibiting


Elton John Urges LGBT Acceptance in Ukraine

Elton John has called on Ukrainians to be more accepting of LGBT people, and he would like to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to encourage him to improve the situation in his nation as well. Policies “designed to repress LGBT citizens … hinder economic development,” the music star and activist told a meeting of


The Vicious Circle: Psychologists’ Studios and Fear of Being Stigmatized

Where can victims of domestic and dating violence seek for help or support in Lithuania? From an analysis of interviews taken from LBT* women of the local community, the answer keeps repeating itself: to psychologists and never to police. However, are psychologists in this country trained to deal with LGBT* issues? I asked this question


“Freedom House”: Lithuanian LGBT community remains discriminated

Non-governmental organization “Freedom House” in its report “Freedom in the World 2015” paid attention to LGBT rights issues. According to the annual report, LGBTI rights remain a polarizing and highly controversial issue. Deputies submitted several antigay bills in 2014. In particular, Rimantas Dagys of the TS-LKD and Petras Gražulis of the TT submitted several anti-gay