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Guide to resources on LGBTQ+ in Eastern Europe: Lithuania

Lithuania Overview

LGBT map of Lithuania


Homosexuality is legal in Lithuania since 1993, but same-sex marriages, and adoption are not recognised and only foreign same-sex marriages are recognised by Lithuanian law. Discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation is outlawed in Lithuania in the areas of housing, employment and military service. 


Academic research

Educational institutions, working in equal opportunities field: 






Academic journals

  • Klėja was a Lithuanian academic journal focusing on gender, society and culture [in Lithuanian].



  • ELABA (Lithuanian Academic E-Library) gives access to open access academic articles and theses, published in Lithuania including academic works on gender and sexuality [in multiple languages].
  • EIGE-Europe contains a list of reports on gender equality in Lithuania [in English and Lithuanian].


Data and statistics


Reports and analysis



  • Gayline publishes a wide range of LGBT-related articles, media, and video content [in Lithuanian].
  • Nebegeda is a website that contains articles, videos, and podcasts about sex, sexuality, gender and related topics [in Lithuanian].



  • A lesbian-themed movie trailer Sangailes vasara [in Lithuanian with English subtitles].
  • A Youtube channel dedicated to LGBT experiences [in Lithuanian with English subtitles].
  • An interview with Stuart Milk - Stuart Milk, a LGBT activist and a nephew of the iconic human rights advocate Harvey Milk talks on the LGBT rights situation in Lithuania and Eastern and Central Europe more generally [in English].


  • Lithuanian Gay League - a national organisation for LGBTQ rights, promotes LGBT rights, draws attention to and fights against hate crimes against LGBT in Lithuania. Official Youtube Channel [in Lithuanian, English].


  • Atviri - a project dedicated to fighting homophobia in Lithuania. Provides information about homosexuality, rights, legal advice, video and audio material [in Lithuanian, English].
  • Išgirsti - a project dedicated to fostering a positive image of LGBT in Lithuania. Contains factual information, personal experiences of LGBT people and their friends etc [in Lithuanian, Russian].
  • Kreives - annual LGBT film festival [in Lithuanian, English].


This guide is produced and curated by UCL SSEES Library as part of the UCL European Institute’s Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Programme 2019.   


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