European Court of Human Rights

Lithuania urged to implement ECHR rulings on sex change and ousted president

Lithuania’s representative at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Karolina Bubnytė has urged state institutions to focus its efforts on the implementation of the court’s rulings on sex change surgeries and the right for ousted president Rolandas Paksas to run for elections. […]

LGL meeting at the Swedish ambassador's residence. Photo by LGL

Lithuanian NGOs and Swedish Embassy cooperate to organize IDAHOT events

On 30 January 2015, the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL and the Swedish Embassy in Vilnius organized a meeting to discuss preparations for this year’s celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) in Lithuania. The meeting was hosted in the residence of the Swedish ambassador and attended by more than thirty ambassadors and representatives of the civil society. […]

Algirdas Vaclovas Patackas

Lithuanian MP voices threat against LGBT* rights organization

Member of the Lithuanian Parliament Algirdas Vaclovas Patackas has publicly warned the leader of LGL, a Lithuanian LGBT* rights NGO, that the organization is “playing with fire” and that its activities might result in a “black, repulsive and totally unacceptable response” similar to that which “happened in Paris.” The statement by the MP was issued as a response to the organization’s humourous suggestion to use 10-litas notes, that have been taken out of circulation, as LGBT* souvenirs. […]

Latvia’s Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics

Lithuanian parliament speaker says Latvia’s foreign minister should have come out to voters before elections

Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament leader of the Labour party Loreta Graužinienė has said that Latvia’s Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics, who had come out publicly as gay last week, should have disclosed his sexual orientation prior to assuming the post. […]

Ivan Okhlobystin

Russian actor banned from entering Latvia for homophobic comments

A Russian sitcom actor, notorious for his anti-LGBT statements, was banned from entering Latvia for saying gay people should be burned alive, The St. Petersburg Times reports. […]