ROMEO dating platform has conducted and analyzed an international survey to study the personal, economic, and societal effects of the global pandemic on LGBT+ life. In an effort to better understand the unprecedented, global impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on gay, bi men and trans people, ROMEO (PlanetRomeo) have released the results from its


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


The global COVID-19 pandemic is affecting LGBTI activists throughout the world and imposes a lot of restrictions on campaigning. H. E. Karsten Klepsvik, Ambassador of Norway to Lithuania is confident that the upcoming International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia will provide an opportunity to raise awareness on the challenges the LGBTI community is facing


GENEVA, 27 April 2020—UNAIDS and MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights are extremely concerned that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are being singled out, blamed, abused, incarcerated and stigmatized as vectors of disease during the COVID-19 pandemic. UNAIDS and MPact are also deeply troubled that this discriminatory action is


Let‘s Raise the Rainbow Flag on the Occasion of IDAHOT!

The global COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us all, and imposes a lot of restrictions on campaigning. But physical distancing doesn’t have to mean social distancing! Communities are more important than ever and physical distancing should lead to getting closer socially. May 17th will provide a key opportunity for this, and this how you can make


Recommendations on Investigation of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Came into Force

The methodological recommendations of the new version of the pre-trial investigation regarding hate crimes, inciting hate speech, that were approved by the Prosecutor General‘s Office of the Republic of Lithuania, came into force on the 1st of April, 2020. The recommendations present the concepts of hate crimes and hate speech, the criteria and specifics of


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


2019 was a significant year for the LGBT community because of the important achievements made when defending its rights before national and supranational courts. In this interview, Vytautas Mizaras, a professor of the Faculty of Law in Vilnius University (VU), reviews the major achievements of LGBT human rights over the past year and looks at

Annual Report

LGL Annual Report for 2019 Now Available Online

The National LGBT rights organization LGL is proud to announce the annual report for 2019. Transparency and independence from any political or financial interests are one of the most important goals for our organization in order to achieve effective inclusion and social integration of local LGBT community. LGL’s annual report for 2019 comprehensively presents organization’s


2 videos on the law enforcement response to hate crimes have been published

On 22 February Europe commemorates European Day for Victims of Crime. Unfortunately, in Lithuania hate crimes are often regarded as less significant and dangerous, and despite the regulation established in the Criminal Code of the Republic of Lithuania, the motive of hate is often not considered as an aggravating circumstance. For a more effective law