Volunteering in Lithuania: My Experience of Rainbow Days 2015

As a foreigner volunteering in one of the most homophobic countries in the European Union, I admit I did not know what reactions would have generated the Rainbow Days 2015, the set of initiatives organized in Lithuania for IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia). Since I moved to this country, not many positive events

On Saturday the 10th of May, the 2015 European IDAHOT Forum celebrating International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) took place in Montenegro. The representatives of the national LGBT* rights organization LGL participated to the event and were presented together with the other international LGBT* organizations attending the event, the ILGA-Europe’s 2015 review of

The adoption of the European Union’s Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2013, by the European Parliament on March 12th 2015, acts as a significant moment for human rights internationally.  The report candidly calls for Lithuanian legislators to follow Moldova’s footsteps in annulling any and all laws prohibiting the propagation of

LGL wants to Change It! What about you?

Today, August 13, 2014, LGL’s Change It (KEISK) campaign officially takes its first steps.  Our posters are already in place in the cities of Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda and our social video is accessible online. The Eurobarometer survey on perceptions of discrimination in the EU, among other worrisome facts about the situation of LGBT people

International companies not ready yet to support LGBT rights in Lithuania?

This June a day couldn’t pass by without the news of some private enterprise making a public statement in support of LGBT rights. After US President Obama declared June 2014 the Pride Month, companies in the United States and elsewhere started competing for the spotlight in being the most creatively supportive of full equality for

ILGA publishes State-Sponsored Homophobia Report

ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) published the 9th edition of State Sponsored Homophobia. A World survey of Laws: Criminalisation, Protection and Recognition of Same-Sex Love. The research, conducted by Jingshu Zhu and Lucas Paoli Itaborahy, provides a detailed account of the legal situation of LGBT people all around the world. In the paragraph

Fines that go up to 6,000 litas for “public defiance of family values” are being discussed in the Parliament, while MPs themselves don’t seem to to have a clear definition of what is “public defiance of the family”. This is the third attempt by MP Peter Gražulis to restrict the freedom of expression of LGBT*

Candidates to Lithuanian Presidency express their views on LGBT* issues.

On April 24, LRT (National Lithuanian Radio and Television Network) invited presidential candidates to participate in a discussion regarding important social issues. President Dalia Grybauskaite was busy with her schedule and could not attend, but the other candidates- Zigmantas Balcytis, Arturas Paulauskas, Naglis Puteikis, Bronis Rope, Valdemaras Tomasevskis and Arturas Zuokas- shared their opinions about

Lithuania ‘gay propaganda’ bill fails to get the votes

A bill that would have introduced Russia-style gay propaganda laws to Lithuania has failed to get the votes today (13 March). Lawmakers made their decision on a bill that would have outlawed gay pride parades, pubic speeches in support of LGBTI rights, gay rights campaign materials and audio-visual materials in support of the rights of

Lithuanian lawmakers will vote on ‘homosexual propaganda’ bill today

Lithuanian lawmakers will vote today on a bill that would outlaw gay pride parades, public speeches in support of LGBTI rights, gay rights campaign materials and audio-visual materials in support of the rights of LGBTI people. The bill would make such actions an administrative offense with fines of between $US400 to $US1200, and $US1200 to