Kicking off 2018!

We official kicked off the year at LGL, with our first community event – Volunteers Welcome Party + Queer Agenda 2018! With a good turnout, a nice age range and people from different countries, the event started by having everyone present themselves and getting to know each other. Our EVS volunteers followed, with a more

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Belarusian activist: Russian repression is good for Lukashenko

Originally published on manoteises.lt Winter is an especially busy time for human rights activists, with lots of significant days, events and news to be presented to decision makers. This isn’t always easy in Lithuania, but in Belarus, it’s even more difficult, especially in the context of the worsening situation to the East. As Barys Zvoskau

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EVS Volunteer Arnold: My first impressions in Vilnius

It has already been five weeks since my arrival in Vilnius. In the meantime, I acclimatised to the seemingly unwelcoming Lithuanian atmosphere and I am gradually getting used to the myriad of unsmiling and unfriendly faces in the streets and shops. I would even say I feel comfortable calling the piece of socialist architecture where

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Safety at School for Every Student: Possibility, or Utopia?

In Summer 2017, the National LGBT* rights organization LGL carried out an anonymous survey that gathered responses from 580 LGBT* high school students between the ages of 14 and 18. In their survey responses, the students revealed what is taught in Lithuanian schools and what LGBT* adolescents still in the process of discovering their sexual

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In James Martin’s 2017 book Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community can enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity in 2017, the Jesuit priest shares his memories of the terrorist attack that took place in a gay club in Orlando, Florida in 2016, killing 49 people. As millions

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Christmas at the LGBT community centre

This Wednesday‘s evening, at the LGBT community centre, Santa‘s Elves Workshop took place. Just by getting in, I was pleasantly surprised by Michael Bublé’s Christmas album and the surrounding smell of delicious cookies. To top it off, a myriad of happy faces welcomed me in, and wonderful Christmas decorations helped set up the mood. With

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Minsk replaced its pride parade with a festival – and it worked

Judging from the 2016 Baltic Pride parade in Vilnius, Lithuania has finally became a country where the LGBT* community no longer has to jump through legal hoops at the last minute when they want to throw a party. Unfortunately, neighbouring Belarus doesn’t have as much to celebrate – but this doesn’t mean that the country’s

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published on www.lady.tut.by For the last three years the support group for parents of the LGBTQ people is active in Minsk. With the help of psychologists parents learn how to understand and accept their children. Unfortunately, coming-out in Belarus often leads to conflicts and end of relationships with the parents. It’s especially difficult for parents

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Minsk replaced its pride parade with a festival – and it worked

Judging from the 2016 Baltic Pride parade in Vilnius, Lithuania has finally became a country where the LGBT* community no longer has to jump through legal hoops at the last minute when they want to throw a party. Unfortunately, neighbouring Belarus doesn’t have as much to celebrate – but this doesn’t mean that the country’s

Season’s Greetings from LGL!

2017 was a year of exciting challenges and inspiring victories for the National LGBT* rights organization LGL. Thanks to your encouragement and support, LGL was able to take many important steps aimed at improving the LGBT* human rights situation in Lithuania. First of all, a breakthrough was finally made in national courts, securing human rights

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Cooperation between NGOs and State Institutions: whose Move is it next?

On December 8th, 2017 member organizations of the National Equality and Diversity Forum held the national conference “The importance of NGO and state institutions’ cooperation in implementing policy measures against various forms of discrimination”. The conference focused on taking a closer look at organizations’ experiences, particularly those of organizations belonging to NEDF, working with state

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For the last three years the support group for parents of the LGBTQ people is active in Minsk. With the help of psychologists parents learn how to understand and accept their children. Unfortunately, coming-out in Belarus often leads to conflicts and end of relationships with the parents. It’s especially difficult for parents to accept their