Lithuania

LGBTI Rights in Lithuania


ADDED ON: 06/19/2022

Lithuanian bishops call for scrapping of same-sex partnership bill

Lithuanian bishops have called on politicians to vote down proposed same-sex partnership legislation, quoting words used by Pope Francis to argue that civil unions distort the concept of marriage and family. Lithuania's…

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ADDED ON: 06/08/2022

In Russia’s shadow, LGBTQ people across the Baltics fight for their rights.

Surrounded by thousands of people wearing rainbow flags, glitter and sparkly outfits, Eddie Balčiūnaitė prepared to take part in one of the biggest marches the Baltic countries have ever seen. The 21-year-old…

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ADDED ON: 10/26/2021

Lithuanian president to meet with mother fighting for LGBTQ rights

VILNIUS – Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda is on Monday meeting with a mother who is fighting for the rights of her child and other LGBTQ people. Rasa Raciene, a doctor by profession,…

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ADDED ON: 10/25/2021

Vilnius and police in row over whether to keep LGBT rainbow crossing

Vilnius and its police force are set for a court battle over whether to keep a rainbow-coloured pedestrian crossing in the Lithuanian capital. The city council wants to keep the artwork to…

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ADDED ON: 10/14/2021

Lithuania’s ‘gay propaganda’ law looms over fight for same-sex unions

VILNIUS, Oct 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As the target of constant homophobic abuse as a teenager, Rimas Prokopovicius rarely heard anything positive about gay people when he was growing up in…

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ADDED ON: 08/27/2021

Lithuania’s second city continues court row around first LGBTQ+ pride

A court in Lithuania has ordered Kaunas municipality to allow holding the first LGBTQ+ pride event in the city. The municipality has appealed against the ruling adding suspense to the event planned…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2021

Lithuania parliament votes against debating same-sex partnership bill

Lithuania's parliament on Tuesday voted narrowly against debating a bill legalising same-sex civil partnerships, but supporters said they would adjust the proposal and eventually resubmit it to the assembly. In a razor-thin…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2021

Lithuanian Gay League head calls for partnership law, special plan for LGBT people

VILNIUS – Vladimir Simonko, head of the Lithuanian Gay League (LGL), said on Monday that he expects the parliament to have the political will to pass a partnership law. Simonko also called…

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ADDED ON: 04/29/2021

Lithuanian artist uses homophobic messages to raise money for LGBT causes

A Lithuanian artist has raised over $6,000 for LGBT groups by selling a digital collage of homophobic messages that were sent to a member of parliament who champions gay rights causes. The…

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ADDED ON: 12/21/2020

Lithuania set to legalize gay civil partnerships next year, says LGBT+ lawmaker

Lithuania looks set to legalise same-sex civil partnerships next year, but gay marriage could be up to a decade away, according to the country’s only openly LGBT+ lawmaker - elected this year…

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ADDED ON: 08/16/2020

Small Lithuania has outsized role as EU faces Belarus crisis

Lithuania is relatively small by European Union measures, but it is playing an outsized role as protesters in neighboring Belarus face a brutal law enforcement crackdown following a presidential election they say…

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ADDED ON: 08/21/2019

Homophobia seen rising in European countries without gay marriage

Homophobia has risen in European countries that do not legally recognize same-sex relationships, while acceptance of gay and lesbian people has jumped in states where they can marry, research released on Wednesday…

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