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Among Gays: Baltic Pride 2013

It’s my first time taking part in a parade promoting equality for of homo-, bi- and transsexuals, and I probably would not join events like these in my home country of Germany. Not being a fan of large crowds, the typical Christopher Street Day parades in Berlin and elsewhere aren’t my cup of tea. I

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Baltic Pride 2013 – The March for Equality

LGBT and human rights in Lithuania took a significant step forward in the Baltic nations, and in Lithuania, during the March for Equality on Gediminas Avenue in central Vilnius on 27 July 2013. Despite 28 being detained in minor incidents during the events, LGBT rights of millions were acknowledged by many as being basic human

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28 arrested after protesters throw eggs at Baltic Pride

A group of protesters defied the large police presence at the Baltic Pride march in the Lithuanian capital, throwing eggs at participants and attempting to storm a stage. Around 600 people marched for LGBT Pride through the streets of Vilnius today. It was only the second time the event, known as March for Equality, had

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International human rights conference and LGBTQ workshops held in Vilnius

The LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community, along with the rest of Vilnius, were showing their colours in the capital in support of Baltic Pride 2013 at International Human Rights Conference: ‘Towards a European Roadmap for LGBT Equality’ on 26 July, 2013. Stuart Milk addressed the crowd in a keynote speech. Nephew of

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Swedish Minister Birgitta Ohlsson: LGBT pride is good EU presidency start

The March for Equality, planned on Saturday in Vilnius, is a good start for the Lithuanian EU presidency, visiting Swedish Minister for European Union Affairs Birgitta Ohlsson has said on Friday. “You chose a good start for the Lithuanian presidency leading the European Union,” she told a press conference on Friday, adding that she will

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Information regarding the march “For equality”!!!

The Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) is happy to inform you that the March for Equality will take place on Gediminas Avenue on 27 July 2013 (Saturday) between 1 PM and 4 PM. As the main organizer of the event, we are committed to ensuring the safety of the participants and the good atmosphere in the

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People discover their homosexuality once they experience the first desire at puberty, but they only learn how to be gay when they start a conversation with others like them, when they accept their desire and learn to talk about society, sex, politics. This conversation among homosexual men and women is what constructs the ‘gay culture’,

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Baltic Pride 2013: Interview with Aliona Polujanova

In association with Baltic Pride 2013 (22-28 July 2013), The Lithuania Tribune’s (TLT) Victoria Leigh spoke to the Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) volunteer co-ordinator Aliona Polujanova about Lithuania’s LGBT community, fighting for LGBT rights, enduring hate speech and prejudice, and garnering international support. Read more at delfi.lt

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Lithuanian court to issue ruling in gay pride parade case on Tuesday

The Chief Administrative Court of Lithuania on Monday heard the case of a gay pride parade, planned in Vilnius on the upcoming Saturday. “The ruling has been postponed to 2 p.m. on Tuesday,” Neringa Lukoševičienė, spokeswoman for the court, told BNS. The ruling will be final and binding. Read more at delfi.lt

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Lithuania gays slam pride parade TV ad restrictions

Lithuania’s gay community on Monday denounced restrictions placed on television publicity for this month’s gay pride parade, saying they were akin to Russia’s so-called “gay propaganda” ban. The Baltic state’s broadcaster said it could air the advertisements only late in the evening with a parental advisory because they could be harmful to minors. Read more

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Important information concerning the “March for equality”!

IN THAT CASE, if the Court will confirm our right to march on the Gediminas Avenue, there will be NO REQUIREMENT for prior registration in order to participate in the Baltic Pride March for Equality on 27 July 2013. We will provide further information on the logistics of the march next week via our social

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Lithuania and the EU’s blind spot on gay rights

The EU is one of the leading voices on LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex) equality, but Lithuania is way out of tune. Vilnius’ EU presidency began with a controversy on LGBTI issues when its head of state, Dalia Grybauskaite, faced tough questions from MEPs and media on Baltic Pride. Its EU chairmanship is