After 22 years of work, the National LGBT* rights organization LGL seems to know well how to bring the LGBT* community together and how to party. Even though officially LGL turned 22 on the 3rd of December, 2015 its birthday party took place just this month – for a special reason: LGL did not just celebrate its birthday but took the occasion to have a fundraising party for the upcoming Baltic Pride 2016.
The crowd of guests, a set of different people from allies to community all looking for fun and willing to give their contribution was welcomed by both a colorful stage, opened for this occasion. SOHO’s veterans DJ Perfuro and DJ Gyvatnešis animated the night letting everybody free on the dance floor until Vaidas Baumila took the main stage.
But before the main entertainment began our volunteer Paulina Bradunaitė took the microphone and passionately passed a message: “Your presence in here means a lot for our community. Your energies are the strength that our organization and all of us need.” Afterwards she presented the program of the Baltic Pride 2016 and invited everyone to support the festival.
Simultaneously the fundraising activities started. The online shop items were there waiting to be bought and a lottery was there to reward more supporters. Our #TRANS_LT petition appeared once again to ask for the right of gender reassignment and received several signatures and “attending posters”. A huge white, elegantly decorated cake was ready to feed the hungry friends and to recharge their energies. And for the more romantic ones there was the selling of kisses. For all this, LGL thanks Paulina, Yuri, Diana, Justa, Dovilė, Nadia, Alex, Danielė, Olga, Dalius, Samanta, Urtė, Adelė and Kamila.
After 2:00, the Eurovision star Vaidas Baumila finally gave all the emotions people were looking for. A singing, dancing, sweating and enjoying crowd was the fruit of the show. Moreover, in-between the performance of his more famous hits, Baumila exploited the moment to remind once again of the importance of human rights and equality.