Rainbow Days 2015 Events in Klaipėda Generate Great Interest

Although the entirety of Lithuania travels to Klaipėda every summer anyways, the national LGBT* rights organization LGL paid the city an extra visit. Klaipėda has always had its queer charm with its boats, waves and mist shining in the sun. Our friends by the sea have always been more beautiful and liberal! On May 20th, 2015, LGL invited the public to two Rainbow Days 2015 events: an LGBT* Myth Busters Workshop and a Rainbow Days film screening.

At 14:00 on May 20th, LGL hosted an LGBT* Myth Busters Workshop at the Klaipėda County Ieva Simonaitytė Public Library. What does it mean to be LGBT*? Does this community require “special rights”? What types of problems does this social group encounter on a daily basis? Answers to these and other questions were provided and discussed by LGL’s staff and volunteers in a 90-minute myth busting session.

At 16:00, the library was transformed into a theater for the screening of “Loose Cannons.” “Loose Cannons” (ital. “Mine Veganti”) (2010) is a witty, ironic, and somewhat dramatic film about daily LGBT* life under the scorching Italian sun. Tommaso is the youngest son of a large, traditional Italian family, who finally dares to tell his family that he likes men at the Sunday dinner table. Who would have thought that his brother would blindside him by coming out first! You can only imagine how the Italian drama unfolds.

After the screening, attendees had the opportunity to participate in a discussion about the representation of the LGBT* community in the media. The Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute generously donated the film for viewing.

eea_grants_logo_2014The event was organized as part of the project “Towards Practical Implementation of LGBT* Rights in Lithuania” which is supported by the NGO Programme Lithuania funded by EEA Grants. The project supports the implementation of the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism NGO program. The Kingdom of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein has developed the EEA and Norwegian financial mechanisms in order to contribute to the economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area (EEA).