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Vilnius will Bid to Host EuroPride 2027

National LGBT rights organisation LGL, organiser of the Baltic Pride and LT Pride festivals in Vilnius, has submitted a letter of intent to the Board of the European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA), expressing its intent to submit an application to EPOA for the opportunity to organise EuroPride in Vilnius in 2027. Vilnius will compete with
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Counter Hate Conference Focused on the Needs of Victims of Hate Crime

On 15 March 2024 the National LGBT organization LGL organized the final conference of the Counter Hate project “Fight Hate: A Victim-Oriented and Intersectoral Approach in the Fight Against Hate Crimes”, held at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania. During the event, the perspective of the needs of victims of hate crimes
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LGBTI Rights Plan for Lithuania to Strengthen Human Rights Protection, State Power and Geopolitical Focus

Vladimir Simonko, Executive Director of the National LGBTI rights organisation LGL, which celebrated its thirtieth anniversary recently, 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
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LGBTI Protesters in Vilnius Harassed by Marginal Groups, Police do not Intervene

A protest, aiming to support the proposal of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania to repeal the provision of the Lithuanian Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information as well as to highlight the need for inclusive education, was scheduled by the National LGBT rights organization LGL
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Baltic Pride 2022 Footage Featured in the National Geographic Documentary “Pride from Above”

Hot air balloons with huge rainbow-coloured flags fly over Vilnius. This is what the viewers of the documentary “Pride from Above” produced by the television giant National Geographic saw. The spectacular images were captured on June 6, 2022 at 5 a.m. There were 8 hours left before the Baltic Pride 2022 march on Gediminas Avenue.
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COUNTER HATE launches a good practice handbook for professionals

Vilnius, 12 April 2024 Hate crime is a matter of concern across Europe and poses major challenges at social, political and legal levels. Violent behaviour motivated by prejudice based on the victim’s disability, colour, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, sexual apathy or gender expression poses a serious threat to democratic values in European

Breathtaking Premiere of the movie Femme took place in Vilnius

On 4 April 2024, the premiere of the film Femme took place in the Apollo cinema in cooperation with Lithuanian Pride and charming sharp-tongued drag queens Luka Mokka and Edma. The film was presented in cooperation with LT Pride by the distributor “Garsų pasaulio įrašai” and the Apollo cinema center. Guests of the premiere did

The Seimas Ombudsperson Erika Leonaitė found that the police officers’ inadequate response to the actions of hostile provocateurs during a peaceful assembly organised by the Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) did not guarantee the right of the participants of the assembly to peaceful assembly. The Seimas Ombudsman recommended that the Commissioner General of Police should take

Vilnius will Bid to Host EuroPride 2027

National LGBT rights organisation LGL, organiser of the Baltic Pride and LT Pride festivals in Vilnius, has submitted a letter of intent to the Board of the European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA), expressing its intent to submit an application to EPOA for the opportunity to organise EuroPride in Vilnius in 2027. Vilnius will compete with

Counter Hate Conference Focused on the Needs of Victims of Hate Crime

On 15 March 2024 the National LGBT organization LGL organized the final conference of the Counter Hate project “Fight Hate: A Victim-Oriented and Intersectoral Approach in the Fight Against Hate Crimes”, held at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania. During the event, the perspective of the needs of victims of hate crimes

LT Pride Festival Presented to Representatives of Nordic Embassies

On 12 March 2024 LT Pride festival, organized by the National LGBT rights organization LGL, was presented to the representatives of Nordic diplomatic representations to Lithuania. During the meeting the festival’s program and activities were discussed. The meeting was hosted by the Embassy of Norway to Lithuania. The Nordic countries will be represented in a

Baltic Surveys, a UK-Lithuanian market and public opinion research company, has conducted a survey initiated by the LSMC Institute of Sociology’s Department of Ethnic Studies and the NGO “Diversity Development Group” to find out the attitudes of the public towards ethnic, religious, migrant, and other social groups in Lithuania in 2023. A representative survey of

Prosecutor’s Office Closes Investigation into Obstruction of LGL Protest

The Prosecutor’s Office has decided to discontinue the pre-trial investigation into the disruption of a protest, organized by the National LGBT rights organization LGL, which took place last year near the Lithuanian Parliament. “The fact that the responsible authorities did not find any signs of a criminal offence during the pre-trial investigation was quite unexpected,”

On 28 February 2024 representatives of the National LGBT rights organisation LGL met with Dr. Angelika Schlunck, State Secretary of the German Ministry of Justice, to discuss LGBT rights issues and to present LGL’s guidelines for improving the situation in Lithuania. The National LGBTIQ Equality Plan publication was presented to highlight the need to organize

Alarming Surge in Transphobic Speech Across Europe Sparks Concern for EU Elections

Ahead of the EU Elections next June, a new report shows a stark rise in anti-LGBTI, and in particular, transphobic statements from politicians across Europe. Published by ILGA-Europe, the 13th Annual Review of the Human Rights Situation of LGBTI People in Europe and Central Asia alarmingly reports hate speech from politicians in 32 European countries over the course

Black History Month Commemorated with a Visit of Canadian Award-Winning Author

On 22 February 2024 the Embassy of Canada in Vilnius and the National LGBT rights organization LGL commemorated Black History Month with a visit of Professor Suzette Mayr, author of the award-winning novel The Sleeping Car Porter, the story of a Canadian man in the 1920s who confronts life’s challenges being black and gay. Professor

Vladimir Simonko, Executive Director of the National LGBTI rights organisation LGL, which celebrated its thirtieth anniversary recently, 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

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