The organisers submitted their request to march on the city’s main avenue during the Pride March, which is scheduled to take place in Vilnius on 27 July, many months ago; the city refused the grant permission to hold the event at the requested venue without offering an alternative. ILGA-Europe is appalled by the failure of

Vilnius municipal authorities ban upcoming Baltic Pride march

The municipal authorities of the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, must allow the upcoming Baltic Pride to take place, Amnesty International said today. After a meeting held today with the Lithuania Gay League, organizers of the 27 July march, and Amnesty International, the Vilnius municipality authorities said the event cannot be held in the city centre and

Vilnius authorities ban LGBT pride on central Gedimino Avenue

Vilnius City Council has refused to allow an LGBT pride march along the town’s central Gedimino Avenue, it has emerged after a meeting between the authorities and the Lithuanian Gay League on Wednesday. Read more at

Lithuanian national television council green-lit airing Baltic Pride ads

Council of the state-run Lithuanian national radio and television (LRT) did not give a clear-cut stance on social ads promoting the upcoming LGBT pride festival, authorizing the LRT administration to act in line with the law. On Tuesday, the LRT Council sent the recommendation to the administration, which had asked for advise after receiving a

Lithuanian court rules in favor of LGBT pride organizers

The Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania passed a ruling on Thursday, ordering Vilnius authorities to review their decision regarding the venue for an LGBT pride march scheduled for July. Having heard the organizers’ appeal, the court ruled that Vilnius City Municipality had made a non-substantiated decision to move the planned event from central Gedimino Avenue,

Lithuanian court to hear LGBT pride march case

The Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania is scheduled to start hearing Vilnius Municipality’s appeal regarding the location of a planned LGBT march on Tuesday. The case will be heard without holding a public hearing and without the attendance of the parties involved. Read more at

An LGBT pride march scheduled to be held in Vilnius in July is an opportunity for Lithuania to get positive attention from Europe and to demonstrate its human rights progress, Vilnius-based ambassadors of some Northern and Western European countries have told BNS. The embassies of the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Finland say

The LRT Council, i.e. the highest decision-making body of the Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT), will decide, whether to broadcast the Baltic Pride 2013 Vilnius 2013 March for Equality social advertising campaign on the national television by the end of June 2013, says the TV Managing Director Rimvydas Paleckis. The administration of the LRT has

Baltic Pride 2013 Promotional Videos to be Launched on IDAHO!

On 17 May 2013 the Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) will officially launch Baltic Pride 2013 promotional videos. The main purpose of these videos is not only to invite everyone to the Baltic Pride 2013 events this July, but also to speak about broader ideas of tolerance and diversity in the Lithuanian society through lively means

On 9 May 2013 Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) submitted a request to the President of the Supreme Court by asking to deal with the Baltic Pride case under accelerated procedure (you can find the full text of the document here). The March for Equality is scheduled on 27 July 2013, i.e. there are less than

Liberal MEPs Intend to Keep Close Eye on Lithuanian LGBT March for Equality

According to the liberal members of the European Parliament, the Lithuanian Government had assured them that the LGBT March for Equality planned for this July will be properly protected. However, they have pledges to keep a close eye on the situation. Hans van Baalen, a member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE),

On 24 April 2013 Vilnius authorities appealed before the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania, indicating that, despite the judgment by the first instance court, the municipal authorities have the right to propose a location for a public assembly other than demanded by the organizers. “The law does not provide an organizer with the right to choose the