2015-11-11_2

Open letter to Lithuanian Parliament: Reject bill targeting LGBTI people

The Parliament of Lithuania will vote tomorrow on a bill that seeks to introduce fines for any public denigration of “constitutional family values.”   According to the proposal, actions as carrying out public speeches, demonstrating goods, posters, slogans and audio-visual materials, as well as organizing public events such as Baltic Pride would result in an

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At the current stage, the Lithuanian society seems to be a victim of a bizarre paradox. On one hand, the society is still struggling with the taboos and inhibitions inherited from the Soviet regime on any subject related to sex, pleasure and intimacy. With an entire generation of people raised within the no-sex epoch, the

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Select Slogan for the “Baltic Pride” 2016 March in Vilnius! (VOTING)

The preparations for the “Baltic Pride” festival in Vilnius (Lithuania) in June, 2016 are already in the full swing. The members of the local LGBT* community and our supports and friends have submitted more than thirty (30) prospective slogans for the “Baltic Pride” 2016 festival. After careful consultations and consultations with our Estonian and Latvian

2015-09-14_2

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

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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

2015-09-09

Parliament demands EU action on LGBTI rights

On 8th September the European Parliament adopted a new comprehensive report on fundamental rights in the EU. Defying an attempt by the EPP group to adopt an alternative report which would have deleted nearly all content on LGBTI rights and other relevant human rights issues, the final report includes an extensive section of the situation for

2015-08-11

Domestic violence in LGBT community hidden despite high rates

Domestic violence remains an “invisible” issue in the LGBT community, with many victims feeling too ashamed to make a complaint or seek support, a report in Australia has found. Currently there is also a study in Lithuania running, focussing on the local LBT community. Despite research that shows that one-third of people in a same-sex

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As a way to analyze the phenomenon of domestic and dating violence against lesbians, bisexual and transwomen, I decided to take a broader approach to the subject by taking also into consideration opinions and perception by LBT* women from the local community who do not identify as victims of this kind of violence. The reason

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Romanian Trans Woman Denied Surgery in Lithuania

Jessica Rotariu chose to do her breast augmentation surgery in Lithuania, as the qualification of the surgeons and the price of the procedures pleased her. After a mammography was handed to the doctor during the second meeting, the surgeon Martynas Norkus found out that Jessica is transgender woman and refused to perform the booked surgery.

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Diary of European Voluntary Service, Part Second of the Story: the Mid-Training

From the 30th of June to the 4th of July, as part of the European Voluntary Service program, I had the opportunity to participate to the mid-training, a training specifically focused on the mid-term evaluation and the assessment of the EVS experience. The training took place in the scenic location of Asveja, a beautiful place