Every year the biggest Internet community for LGBT people in Norway, Gaysir.no, honors the most valuable personality for the LGBT people in Norway or abroad. This year Håkon Haugli – Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE), deputy representative at the Parliament of Norway and a jurist – got this award. The receiver of the award can donate the prize to a project or a person he or she wants to support, and this is the option which H. Haugli chose: he decided to pass on the award to the national LGBT rights organization in Lithuania LGL and a human rights organization from Saint Petersburg, Coming Out.
“Norway has always been one of the leaders in the field of human rights. It is not the first time that Lithuanian human rights activists are supported by Norwegian representatives, and this means a lot to us”, board chair of LGL Vladimir Simonko says. “The fact that Mr. Håkon Haugli decided to donate his award to Lithuanian and Russian organizations shows that politicians in other countries see our organizations not only as encountering similar problems but also as sharing a common goal – to eradicate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia from our societies. Foreign politicians, unlike most Lithuanian lawmakers, consider equal rights for LGBT people an important goal for every democratic state”.
We hope that the Norwegian input into the development of human rights will add to the increasing visibility of LGBT people and the improvement of their rights.