Ambassadors see Baltic Pride as good opportunity for Lithuania to show its progress

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 that they are supporting the Baltic Pride events aimed at advocating for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and some of them plan to observe the march.

Leonidas Donskis, a Lithuanian member of the European Parliament, and Kęstutis Girnius, a political observer, believe that if courts’ decisions were unfavorable for the parade, if there were “homophobic reactions”, or if the police failed to ensure the security of the marchers, that would negatively affect the image of Lithuania, which is taking over the rotating EU presidency on July 1.