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

Fact Sheets Including Monitoring of Hate Speech Data from 2023 Now Available

Fifth fact sheets including monitoring data from January-November 2023 are now available. The fact sheets present data and draw conclusions on SafeNet project monitoring efforts in 2023. In this monitoring period, partners reported continuous problems with reporting as a regular user in most countries. The SafeNet partners continue to report that trusted flagger status must

LGL’s 30th Anniversary Celebrated in the SOHO club

Along with the first day of winter, LGL celebrated its 30th anniversary and invited to celebrate it together at the SOHO club. Friday night was hot not only because of DJ Ptychka, who came to the DJ booth especially on the occasion of LGL birthday, but also a special guest from sunny Brazil – Favela

Authorities and NGOs Discussed the Needs for a National LGBTIQ Plan

On 30 October 2023  Lithuanian Gay League together with the Seimas Ombudspersons’ Office organised an inter-institutional roundtable discussion on the implementation of the EU LGBTIQ Equality Strategy and the needs for a national LGBTIQ Human Rights Plan, which was attended by more than 20 representatives from ministries, the Office of the Ombudsman for Equality of

LGL Organized a Conference on Bullying Prevention

On 7 November 2023 the National LGBT rights organization LGL organized an international conference for the project “Nothing About Us Without Us: Empowering LGBT youth in the fight against bullying”. During the international conference, data from a survey of Lithuanian students and a research report was presented. The experience of the partner organizations implementing the

LGL Executive Director Participated in ILGA-Europe Annual Conference

On 25-28 October 2023 Vladimir Simonko, Executive Director of the National LGBT rights organisation LGL, participated in the ILGA-Europe Annual Conference under the theme of “Rising to the moment”. It was organised in close cooperation with the local host organisations: Legebitra, Ljubljana Pride, ŠKUC, and TransAkcija. There were 450+ activists and allies in attendance in

LGL Representative Participated in the Final Colourful Childhoods Conference

On 27 October 2023 Eglė Kuktoraitė, Communications Manager at the National LGBT rights organization LGL, participated in the 1st International Conference on LGBTIQ Children and Adolescents “The Importance of Listening” for the project Colourful Childhoods, organised in Madrid. Specialists working with LGBTIQ children came together to discuss possibilities to improve the situation of LGBTIQ children

New Fact Sheets Available for the SafeNet Project

European partners are implementing a 24 month project SafeNet: Monitoring and Reporting for Safer Online Environments. Joining 21 partners and coordinated by INACH (International Network against Cyber Hate), the project focuses on continuous monitoring and reporting hate speech content to the IT companies and responsible authorities and awareness raising by regular advocacy towards the social