LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Vladimir Simonko

Vladimir Simonko is the co-founder and former chair of Lithuanian Gay League (LGL), which was established in 1993. He has long experience and a strong background in working on LGBT rights in Lithuania, acting as expert and trainer in various national and international projects and actively participating in human rights conferences. He holds a bachelor degree from St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television and was involved in film production at the Lithuanian film studios for several years. 

Vladimir was an organizer of the first Eastern European Conference of ILGA in Palanga, Lithuania in 1994 and the annual ILGA-Europe conference in Vilnius in 2007. He is also one of the main organizers of the Baltic Prides 2010, 2013 and 2016 in Vilnius.

Vladimir currently serves as an Executive Director of LGL. He is a co-founder and an active member of the National Equality and Diversity Forum which holds annual Diversity Awards since 2013. He has also participated in National Working Groups on EU anti-discrimination policy and the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All.