HISTORY

ABOUTBP16The Baltic Pride is an annual LGBT* festival, rotating between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The first LGBT* pride ever in the Baltic States took place in Riga, Latvia in 2005. Subsequently is was held annually as “Riga Pride and Friendship Days”. It was only in 2009 that it got renamed to “Baltic Pride” and started rotating between the three Baltic capitals Riga (Latvia), Vilnius (Lithuania), and Tallinn (Estonia). Since then the main organizers were “Mozaīka” (Latvia), the “National LGBT Rights Organization LGL” (Lithuania), and the “Estonian LGBT Association” (Estonia).

In 2015, the parade took place as part of the Europride event in Riga, the first time the pan-European LGBT rights week came to a post-Soviet state.

The 2016 pride in Vilnius is going to take place under the slogan “We are people, not propaganda!” It refers to the “Law on Protection of Minors” which prohibits e.g. publicly promoting same-sex partnerships or advocating for marriage equality.

A distinguishing feature of the Baltic Pride in all three countries: The pride shall be accessible for everyone, therefore all events are for free.