Petition: Stop LGBTQI Content Censorship in Lithuania

by IGLYO Member
Lithuanian Gay League (LGL)
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It's time for change in Lithuania

With the support of our IGLYO Grants Programme 2023, our IGLYO Member Organisation the Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) is leading a project aimed to take advantage of their strong research and awareness-raising background to engage in national and international advocacy efforts to make the Lithuanian Government aware of the direct negative impacts of the Lithuanian “Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information” on the LGBTI students in Lithuania. You can read more about this project here.

As part of this project, they are circulating a petition for you to stand up against LGBTQI content censorship in Lithuania.

About the petition

Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) wrote the following about the petition:

"LGBT content is being censored in Lithuania under the disguise of protection of minors. It's time for change.

For thirteen years now, the regulatory system in Lithuania has embedded a law resembling the Russian anti-gay propaganda laws: the Law on the Protection of Minors Against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information. One of its amendments defines harmful information as “disdaining family values” and promoting “alternative” family.

Although the Government assured that the law was not going to be applied in a discriminatory way, two social pro-LGBT videos have already been censored and one social documentary was postponed until the regulatory authority carried out a decision on its content’s compatibility with the above-mentioned regulation. Unreasonably relying on the "anti-gay propaganda" provision, some schools still obstruct access to inclusive education which also affects the deteriorating state of LGBTIQ students' emotional wellbeing.

EC(t)HR in Macate v. Lithuania, a case which concerned state-imposed restrictions for distributing a fairy-tale book with LGBTIQ-friendly content, found that information cannot be considered harmful simply because it contains information about same-sex relationships. Despite this decision, Lithuanian authorities so far did not take any action to repeal the "anti-gay propaganda" provision.

Stand up against LGBT+ content censorship in Lithuania by signing this petition!"

Support our Member Lithuanian Gay League and the LGBTQI community in Lithuania by signing the petition here and sharing it widely!

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This petition is led by the Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) as part of their IGLYO Grants 2023 project "Protecting LGBTI youth by Repealing the Discriminatory Provision of the Lithuanian Law on the Protection of Minors". This project is supported by the IGLYO Grants Programme 2023 and funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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