Representatives of LGL Took Part in the Oslo Pride events

On 28th June – 2nd July, 2017 Virginija Prasmickaitė, Project Coordinator of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, and Ieva Ruzgytė, LGL Member, took part in the Oslo Pride events.

The International programme hosted by Oslo Pride jointly supported by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Amnesty International Norway and the Norwegian Organization for Sexual and Gender Diversity – Fri. invited a group of LGBTI activists from Belarus, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Greece, Kosovo, Latvia Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Russian Federation, Slovakia and Slovenia.

During the 4 day visit the guest to international programme had a chance to take part in meetings, with the Norwegian Minister of EEA and EU Affairs, Frank Bakke-Jensen, senior advisors from the Norwegian Health Directorate and the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs. Guests were invited to take part in the rainbow flag raising ceremony and reception hosted by the Mayor of Oslo, Marianne Borgen.

A big part of the programme focused on experience and good practice sharing from Amnesty International, Oslo Pride and Fri. Participants were invited to peek behind the scenes and learn how the largest LGBT events in Norway is organized. The Pride festival including Pride Park, Pride House and Pride March running nearly entire week is organized with the help of several hundred volunteers.

The highlight of the Pride festival – Pride March attracted a record number of participants, it is estimated that around 70 thousand people marched and observed the parade, a total of 129 groups have registered to walk in support and solidarity for LGBTI community in Norway and abroad. This year Pride march carried a slogan Hver grunn til å la være er en grunn til å delta!“ (Engl.: Every reason to not come is a reason to participate).

2The participation at Oslo Pride is in part supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers in the framework of the project “Sharing Expertise and Fostering LGBT Human Rights in Belarus”.