Lithuania and the EU’s blind spot on gay rights

The EU is one of the leading voices on LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex) equality, but Lithuania is way out of tune. Vilnius’ EU presidency began with a controversy on LGBTI issues when its head of state, Dalia Grybauskaite, faced tough questions from MEPs and media on Baltic Pride. Its EU chairmanship is

The Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) has appealed to the Inspector of Journalists’ Ethics against the Lithuanian National Radio and Television’s (LRT) decision to impose restrictions on advertising clips for a planned gay pride parade in Vilnius. LGL representative Tomas Vytautas Raskevičius told BNS that the LRT wants a clip to be broadcast with the ‘S’

Baltic Pride 2013 celebrates LGBT culture!

Baltic Pride 2013 will take place 23-27 July in Vilnius. Though the March for Equality scheduled to take place on 27 July has received a lot of attention, it should not overshadow the rich variety of cultural programme of the week-long Pride festival. The exhibition “From Dusk till Dawn – 20 Years of LGBT Freedom

During an annual press conference, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė commented on a number of topical issues, among which she expressed her stance on the EU-US data protection, gay parade in Vilnius, Lithuania’s participation in tackling youth unemployment and implementation of financial discipline. President Dalia Grybauskaite refused to comment on the LGBT parade until a court

Lithuania’s Interior Minister Juozas Bernatonis reassured members of the European Parliament that the upcoming LGBT pride parade is not banned in Lithuania, with disagreements continuing about the venue of the event. “You have received one-sided information. Please come, see and make sure that things are not what they are said to be,” the minister said

Vilnius municipality to appeal against gay march ruling

Vilnius City Municipality announced on Monday it would appeal against Vilnius Regional Administrative Court’s ruling, which ordered the municipality to make arrangements for a gay march to take place on the city’s central Gediminas Avenue. “Having analysed the court ruling and motives, the administration of Vilnius City Municipality Council decided to appeal against the court

ILGA-Europe welcomes today’s Lithuanian court decision to allow Baltic Pride march on main city avenue: “We congratulate the Lithuanian Gay League and Baltic LGBTI activists who have pressed on to ensure that their right to freedom of assembly is guaranteed. We also congratulate the Lithuanian justice system for taking such a decision and rejecting the

A Vilnius court on Friday ruled that Vilnius City Municipality should issue a permit for the LGBT pride parade along the city’s central Gedimino Avenue. The court satisfied the complaint filed by the Lithuanian Gay League, which asked to annul the decision of the city authorities to ban the rally on Gedimino Avenue, authorizing the

No minority is discriminated in Lithuania, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė has said in Strasbourg in response to MEPs’ questions on the situation of sexual and ethnic minorities in the Baltic country. The president assured journalists that LGBT marches were not banned in Lithuania and discussions only concerned their location. Read more at

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In response to the letter by the Vilnius City Major Mr. Artūras Zuokas to the Members of the European Parliament regarding the ban on the Baltic Pride 2013 March for Equality, Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) would like to provide some additional information in relation to the unfortunate situation, described by the Mayor in his contribution.