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On 28 August, 2021 Eglė Kuktoraitė, Communication Manager at the National LGBT Rights Organization LGL, gave a presentation on “The Situation, Needs and Emotional Health of LGBT + Young People in Lithuania during the COVID-19 Pandemic” at the LGBT+ Conference “Colors” organized in Klaipeda for the prevention of bullying. During the presentation, the LGL Communication

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On 17-20 August, 2021 representatives of the National LGBT rights organization LGL participated in the human rights conference program and networking meetings of the WorldPride and EuroGames festival in Copenhagen. Participation in the human rights conference program and networking meetings of the WorldPride and EuroGames festival in Copenhagen is part of the project “Enhancing Nordic-Baltic

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Garden Party Organized in Celebration of Upcoming WorldPride and EuroGames

On 15 July a garden party was organized at the lower garden of the Embassy of Denmark on the occasion of the upcoming WorldPride and EuroGames in Copenhagen and Malmo. The party was organized by the Embassy of Denmark, Embassy of Sweden and the National LGBT rights organization LGL. “World Pride is here to celebrate

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Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) won the Google.org Impact Challenge

Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) is among the 13 organizations that won the Google.org Impact Challenge for Central and Eastern Europe. In total, €2 million will be distributed between those organizations for charitable projects promoting inclusive economic growth and creating equal chances for everyone to succeed in the digital world.  Technology has helped to ease the

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Vladimir Simonko. Against the Current

Vladimir Simonko (57), the Executive Director of the National LGBT rights organization LGL, chose a difficult life 30 years ago. Back then, when the Soviet Criminal Code was in force, which provided for maximum three years imprisonment for sexual intercourse between two men, he decided to openly admit that he was gay, made his story

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Experiences of transgender teens and children remain a taboo in Lithuania. Oftentimes, parents take their children to exorcists and self-taught psychiatrists, leading to depression or even suicide. Lithuania does not permit gender reassignment surgery, and transgender individuals who go through the treatment abroad have to go to court to have the entry on sex changed

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In June, Hungary became the second country in the EU to pass the anti-gay proaganda law, as Viktor Orbán’s ruling party intensified its campaign against LGBTI rights. Since 2009 Lithuanian LGBTI community has been struggling with the Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information containing a similar anti-LGBTI provision. According to its article

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Gender-neutral partnership bill was registered in the Lithuanian Parliament on May 21, 2021, returning the question of same-sex union recognition to political agenda after staggering four-years break. While it does recognize same-sex unions, the bill does not reference the concept of family, nor it addresses regulations related to child adoption. It does not make a reference to

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LGL Commemorates IDAHOT Together with its Allies at the Embassy of Sweden

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) was commemorated at an event organized by the National LGBT rights organization LGL together with the Embassy of Sweden in the courtyard of the Embassy in Vilnius on 17 May, 2021. The event was attended by LGBT rights activists, LGBT-friendly diplomatic missions, socially responsible business, media

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Rainbow Map 2021: Any Real Progress in Lithuania is Still Waiting to Happen

Newest ILGA-Europe’s annual Rainbow Europe Map and Index, ranking the legal and policy situation of LGBTI people in 49 European countries found that the past 12 months have marked an unprecedented year in the Map’s 12-year history, with virtually no positive legislative change for LGBTI people in Europe. Lithuania contributes to this negative general trend,

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Lithuanian entrants at the Eurovision Song Contest “The Roop” send a message of support to the LGBT community, inviting everyone to participate at the Baltic Pride 2022, which will take place on June 2-5, 2022 in Vilnius. “The Roop” will perform their song “Discoteque” in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in

The National LGBT rights organization LGL has released a video urging to consider the needs of LGBT children during COVID-19 restrictions. During the difficult period of the COVID-19 restrictions, LGBT children face emotional health challenges. Like all children, they feel isolated due to limited social contact. Children spend all their time at home, studying remotely