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Seta’s Training Coordinator Marita Karvinen and I visited Vilnius for two weeks in November 2017 as part of the exchange programme between Seta – LGL Rights in Finland and the National LGBT* rights organization LGL. The NGO exchange between Seta and LGL is part of the Rainbow Rights project that promotes LGBTI Equality and non-discrimination

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2017 marks 10 years since the National LGBT* rights organization LGL began accepting EVS volunteers. What does LGL’s involvement in this international volunteer program mean for young people? What experiences can volunteers share while carrying out unpaid work valuable to the local community in the social, cultural, youth and public information spheres? How does this

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Former EVS Volunteers in LGL Share their Stories

Since a few years ago, our organization has been having the pleasure of welcoming young people from different European countries. This is due to our collaboration in EVS projects with the European Commission. We believe that this kind of experience can be of added value not only to young volunteers, who obtain a practical experience

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On November 28th, Eglė Kuktoraitė, communications coordinator of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, participated in a meeting with representatives from the European Commission, as well as Google, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube, at Google’s Dublin headquarters. During the meeting, representatives from several European non-governmental organizations currently monitoring hate speech on social media discussed problems that

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Seminar-Discussion “Human Rights: Universal, but not Lithuanian?“

On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, the Coalition of Human Rights Organizations and the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL cordially invite to the seminar-discussion “Human Rights: Universal, but not Lithuanian?“. As pointed out by non-governmental organizations that monitor and document human rights situation in Lithuania, the paradigm of limitations and interferences is

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Research suggests a link between internalized homophobia and HIV testing

Source: GayPress.eu The Eurasian Coalition On Male Health (ECOM) has conducted a survey, which revealed that internalized homophobia may increase the risk of undetected HIV infection within the MSM population. The survey focused on determining the internalized homophobia and its impact on health and lives of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with

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“Rainbow Rights” Regional Seminar took place in Vilnius

On 23rd November, 2017 the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice Finland, the association Seta – LGBTI Rights in Finland, the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities and the Embassy of Finland in Lithuania invited to the regional seminar under the framework of the project “Rainbow Rights –

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From November 1-4, the Polish capital Warsaw hosted the largest LGBTI human rights event in Europe: the 21st annual international LGBTI rights conference organized by ILGA-Europe. It was also the largest conference that ILGA-Europe has organized to date, drawing around 550 LGBTI human rights activists from Europe, Central Asia and other parts of the world.

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Lithuanian Parliament Proposes Total Ban on Legal Gender Recognition

On November 10th, 2017 the group of 31 MPs in the Lithuanian Parliament registered a legislative proposal, which aims at banning legal gender recognition (i.e. change of identity documents for transgender persons) and all medical procedures pertaining to gender reassignment treatment. This proposal stands in a sharp contrast with the jurisprudence of the national courts,

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Board games event

On 9th November 2017 it took place another Board Games Event in the LGBT* Community center, attended by many people, local and international, came together to meet new friends and have a relaxing evening playing funny games. The National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL is often organize this type of events, with the intent for the

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The National Equality and Diversity Forum and Office of the Equal Opportunity Ombudsperson are preparing to hold the National Equality and Diversity Awards in Lithuania for the fifth time in spring 2018. Since 2014, when the event was organized for the first time, the initiative has grown into a yearly celebration that activists working in

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Shocking Sex-Ed Lessons in Lithuania Teach that Gay People are “Mentally Ill”

Lithuanian broadcaster INFO TV reported in an episode of its news program “Info Day” that twelfth-graders in Lithuania have been receiving sexual education lessons not about traditional family planning, nor about perceptions of sexuality and accepting others, but how awful it is to be gay. Curriculum materials explain that homosexuality occurs due to “insufficient attention