Vladimiras Simonko, head of the national LGBTI rights organisation LGL, which celebrated its thirtieth anniversary this year, says that since the restoration of Lithuania’s independence, it has been difficult for changes in the LGBTIQ sphere to find their way onto the political agenda: “The LGBTIQ community had high hopes for Lithuania when it regained its

LGL’s Intern Nele: LGBT Advocacy in A Challenging Environment

Coming to Lithuania, I had only a vague idea of the country, the LGBT rights situation, or the work I was going to be doing. I knew Lithuania was considered one of the most homo-, bi- and transphobic countries in the European Union: that it was one of very few European countries without any legal

LGL presents report on homophobic and transphobic hate crimes in Lithuania

In 2013 LGL, a national non-profit, non-governmental organization which advocates for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) in Lithuania, supported by the regional subdivision of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) ILGA-Europe, implemented a project “Documentation of homophobic and transphobic violence in Lithuania”. During the project, victims

Transform Homophobia into Human Rights! (Updated)

Purchase a Historic Present from a Passionate MP to Raise Funds for LGBT Equality in Lithuania   To make the very best out of this unexpected gift to our organization, i.e. the national LGBT* rights association LGL, we are opening a public auction to sell this custom made boot-cut jeans! The money raised will go

New EVS Project at the LGL!

Are you a young activist? Do you want to change the world? Do you want to work in a multicultural team of passionate and creative people working for human rights? Do you want to dive into unknown for a year and get to know awesome new friends? Do you want to get to know yourself?

RMT protest action: Lithuanian Embassy London

Five anti-LGBT bills are to be considered in the Lithuania parliament in the December 2013 session. In solidarity with Lithuanian LGBT people and the Lithuanian Gay League, RMT Union will stage a protest demonstration outside of the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in London. Date: Wednesday 27th November 2013 Time: 2pm-3:30pm Place: Lithuanian Embassy, 2

LGL protests censorship in Lithuania

This morning the Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) staged a protest against censorship as European officials gathered to attend an informal meeting of the European Union’s Ministers for Culture and Audiovisual Affairs. Lithuania currently holds the rotating Presidency of the Council of Europe. The LGL expressed its opposition to restrictions on freedom of expression imposed by

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Reception at LGL office for European Pride Organisers Association

This year the Annual General Meeting of the EPOA (European Pride Organisers Association) has taken place in Vilnius on September 27until September 29. All LGL staff was very pleased to host members of this important organization that every year manages Euro Pride in a different city among the continent. A colorful and friendly reception has

LGL to protest against freedom of expression restrictions in Lithuania

On the morning of the 2nd of October, a protest action of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights activists will be held before the start of the informal meeting of European Union Ministers for Culture and Audiovisual Affairs. In this way, national LGBT rights association LGL will express its view on the discriminating Russian

Sunday afternoon, several dozen young Lithuanian activists staged a rally outside the Russian Embassy in Vilnius, protesting against LGBT rights violations in Russia. Sporting T-shirts saying “To Russia With Love” and badges bearing colourfully made-up portraits of Vladimir Putin, the protesters said the event was not just a sign of support to Russia’s LGBT community,