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A Message of Support for the Belarusian LGBTI Community: Freedom and Justice will Prevail

The National LGBT rights organization LGL would like send a message of support for the Belarusian LGBTI community during these challenging times. The regime of the bloody Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko will not prevail as Belarusian people fearlessly demand free elections despite continuous human rights violations. LGL has long-time partnership with Belarusian LGBTI human rights
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Embassies in Vilnius Raised the Rainbow Flag in Honour of IDAHOT

On the 17th of May, 2020 LGBT-friendly embassies in Vilnius raised the rainbow flag to honour the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and biphobia (IDAHOT) and to show their support for the local LGBT community. The rainbow flag decorated the embassies of the United States, Sweden, Germany, Finland, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Denmark and
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EU LGBTI Survey: LGBTI Human Rights Situation in Lithuania Remains Poor

On 14th of May, 2020 the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) released its LGBTI survey findings – the world’s biggest survey of its kind with 140 000 respondents. Survey results revealed an alarming situation in Lithuania: Lithuanian respondents admitted always (14 %) or almost always (20 %) feeling downhearted or depressed. Moreover, 55 %
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Rainbow Europe 2020 Map: LGBTI Rights Situation in Lithuania Remains Stagnant

Eleventh ILGA-Europe Rainbow Map revealed that in almost half of the European states, including Lithuania, there was no positive change in the field of LGBTI Human rights compared to the 2019 results. Evelyne Paradis, Executive Director of ILGA Europe, stated:  “Amidst the public health emergency and economic turmoil we are facing, there is a crisis
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Decade of Baltic Pride in Lithuania: How was the first LGBT community march reflected in the media?

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Baltic Pride festival in Lithuania. On the occasion of this anniversary, it is interesting to remember how the first LGBT community march, which took place in Vilnius on May 8, 2010, was presented in Lithuanian media. According to an article by Darja Davydova written for publication “Changing
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LGBTI families still lack public support, survey results show

Survey by Baltijos tyrimai, implemented on 15-19 of January, 2021, reflected Lithuanian opinion on same-sex family rights.  While overall support remains very low, survey revealed certain new tendencies. 41% of respondents agreed that it is necessary to lay down laws regulating same-sex partners’ rights despite not agreeing that such relationship constitutes a family. Only 8 %

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Recent homophobic attacks unite human rights opponents (Updated)

On February 19, 2021, press conference regarding the resignation of Tomas Vytautas Raskevičius, the openly homosexual chair of the Human Rights Committee, was held in the Lithuanian Parliament. Chair of the Human Rights Committee was attacked by unfounded claims of ‘traditional family values’ supporters who insisted on his resignation. These efforts included the petition for his resignation

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Speaker of the Seimas and leader of ruling Liberals Movement of the Republic of Lithuania Party Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen faced criticism from conservative forces when she proposed to appoint Vytautas Mizaras, a lawyer who represented the local LGBT community in the court, as a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania. Čmilytė-Nielsen informed

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In January, IT courses organized by the National LGBT rights organization LGL started, which will help young people under the age of 29 who are not studying and cannot find a job for a long period of time to find employment in the IT sector. The courses are implemented as part of the project “Direction Employment”,

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Lithuanian Anti-Gay Propaganda Provision Remains Intact

Newly elected Lithuanian Parliament led by a coalition of Conservative and Liberal powers swiftly, without much of a public debate, adopted amendments to the  Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information on January 14, 2021. While these amendments introduced quite a few reasonable changes to the current regulation, it did not address the most controversial

MEPs Demand Lithuanian Politician to Explain Homophobic Remarks

Lithuanian MEP Viktor Uspaskich whose Facebook page features a video of him calling LGBT people “perverts” has been given until Thursday to explain and apologise if he wants to stay in his political group. Uspaskich, a leader of Lithuania’s populist Labour Party and a member of the centrist Renew grouping in the European Parliament, published the

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On 6 January, 2021 a video was posted on a Facebook group in which two men trample a rainbow flag, then wet it and burn it. The video material was handed over to the law enforcement officials, the circumstances of the incident will be clarified. “True values are not changing. No ideology can be above

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On 1st December 2020 the modern art MO museum in Vilnius informed about an incident when one of the posters of the museum’s outdoor exhibition “Why Is It Hard to Love?” was damaged. The poster depicting a same-sex couple was vandalized with red paint. “In the exhibitions at the MO Museum, we invite to talk

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Season’s Greetings from LGL!

2020 was a year of many 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. This year, LGL has implemented a number of successful projects. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic,

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On 10 December, in commemoration of the Human Rights Day, LGL hosted a discussion “Bullying Suffered by LGBT Children and Adolescents and the Possibilities Provided by Emotional Support Platforms and Helplines” during the National Human Rights Forum. During the discussion LGL presented its emotional support platform for LGBT children and youth, their parents and teachers. Eglė

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On 12th November, 2020 the European Commission presented the first-ever EU Strategy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) equality, as announced by President von der Leyen in her 2020 State of the Union Address. While progress in the EU was made towards LGBTIQ equality over the past years, discrimination against LGBTIQ

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Baltic Online Drag King Festival 2020 will go online on 21st-28th November

From the 21st until the 28th of November the Latvian Drag King Collective is organizing the Baltic Online Drag King Festival 2020 featuring workshops, discussions and live performances. The Baltic Online Drag King festival aims to invite more people to try the performance art of drag kinging and to educate society about drag and its

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