On the 17th of May, 2020 LGBT-friendly embassies in Vilnius raised the rainbow flag to honour the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and biphobia (IDAHOT) and to show their support for the local LGBT community. The rainbow flag decorated the embassies of the United States, Sweden, Germany, Finland, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Denmark and the French Institute in Lithuania.
The National LGBT rights organisation LGL welcomes the decision of diplomatic representations in Vilnius toexpress their support for Lithuania’s LGBT community. We hope that the position of embassies will serve as a catalyst for broader discussions about the rights of LGBT people in Lithuania.
May 17th is an important day, as on this day the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses. The day has been commemorated throughout the world since 2004, and in Lithuania since 2007, when LGL organised the Rainbow Days for the first time.
© Augustas Didžgalvis