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Is Lithuanian Migration Policy Sensitive Enough for the LGBTI Asylum Seekers?

Recently one Iraqi man reported to LGL that he will be able to reunite with his same-sex partner as both men were granted an asylum by the Lithuanian authorities in late December, 2021. Only a few asylum applications resulted in positive decisions since in the increased migration flow from August, which leaves the majority of

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LGL Advocacy Efforts Within the Context of the Third Cycle Universal Periodic Review

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique human right mechanism under which the human rights situation of all United Nantions Member States is reviewed every 5 years. 42 States are reviewed each year. Consideration for Lithuania is scheduled on Wednesday, 26 January 2022. LGL contributed to the alternative report joint submission of the Human Rights Organizations Coalition

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Mayor kicks-off Baltic Pride 2022 in Vilnius

Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius kicks-off the Baltic Pride festival with a video message inviting LGBTIQ people and their allies to celebrate diversity and inclusion together during the inspirational Pride week of June 1-5, 2022.  It is an important welcoming step from the City for the organisers of the Baltic Pride which aims at qualitatively

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Season’s Greetings from LGL: Happy Baltic Pride Year 2022!

2021 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. This year, LGL has implemented several successful projects. Despite the COVID-19 restrictions, we actively

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Will 2022 Mark a Turning Point for all LGBTIQ Families in the EU ?

Lithuania, along with Latvia, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Slovakia to this day remaining the only European Union Member States without same-sex family rights recognition. Although these countries face multitude of social and political issues which often effectively demotes LGBTIQ equality  to political periphery, LGBTIQ communities and their supporters are becoming more vocal than ever before.

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In April-November, 2021 volunteers of the National LGBT rights organization LGL implemented a project “Anti-bullying Alliance: Building a support network to counter homophobic bullying at schools”, supported by the Council of Europe through the European Youth Foundation. The aim of the project was to raise awareness on the problem of homophobic bullying within school communities

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Participants of IT Courses Organized by LGL: It‘s Never too Late to Explore New Areas

The second cycle of IT courses organized by the National LGBT rights organization LGL has started and it 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

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Second Cycle of IT Courses Organized by LGL Started!

On 15 November, 2021 the second cycle of IT courses organized by the National LGBT rights organization LGL started. The course 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

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CHOICE: Addressing homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools

Wide research that was conducted as part of the European project “CHOICE: Promoting School Environments Inclusive of Diversity based on SOGI” indicates that homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying remains a widespread problem in schools across Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and Lithuania. By developing an integrated mechanism for addressing incidents of gender-based violence and discrimination in the

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Baltic Pride 2022: Unprecedented Support from Diplomatic Representations in Lithuania

On 27 October, 2021 the National LGBT rights organization LGL in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden in Lithuania hosted a meeting on the preparations for the upcoming Baltic Pride 2022 festival. The meeting was attended by unprecedented number of representatives of LGBT-friendly diplomatic representations in Lithuania and Vilnius City Municipality. The meeting at the

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A Support Campaign for Mother of LGBT Person Held at the Presidential Palace

On October 25, 2021 representatives of the National LGBT rights organization LGL participated in a support campaign for a mother of LGBT person Rasa Račienė. Last week, Ms. Račienė, the mother of LGBT person, issued a public letter addressing President Nausėda. Following the letter, the President invited Ms. Račienė to a meeting to discuss pressing

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Amicus Brief Submitted in Relu-Adrian Coman and Others v. Romania

While Lithuania still remains among 6 European Union states that do not provide a gender-neutral Partnership alternative, National LGBTI Rights Organization LGL together with the international partners from the Czech Republic, Poland and Bulgaria continue to consolidate their efforts towards establishing a higher standard of protection within the regulation of the European Convention on Human