Thousands of LGBTIQ community members and its allies marched in a successful Vilnius Pride event which took place on the 1st of July. Newly elected Vilnius Mayor Valdas Benkunskas also joined the Pride march this year. According to the organizers of the event, “LGBTQ+ people in Lithuania are still being used as political tools –
On 15 June, 2016 the Speaker of Lithuanian Parliament Loreta Graužinienė said that she welcomes the Baltic Pride March for Equality, but that she herself does not plan to participate, as she wants to spend that day with her family. “I congratulate any socially active group of people, because it’s very important for the public
On 14 June, 2016 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania and ambassadors residing in Lithuania publicly expressed their support for the local LGBT* community and Baltic Pride 2016 March for Equality in Vilnius. Four embassies of countries with European Union membership – Poland, Hungary, Romania and Greece – abstained from contributing.
“Changing History is Hot!”, “Love Breaks Barriers!”, “In Pride We Trust!” – these are the slogans for the Pride marches all across Europe. You have probably heard already that the Baltic Pride March for Equality is coming back to Vilnius in 2016. We hope that this important event will significantly contribute to the progress of
For the second time since 2013, the march for equality took place in Kiev. Over 2000 police officers protected around 300 participants against far right counter demonstrators. The march was attended by the Swedish ambassador and Members of Parliament, and found support by President Poroshenko who emphasized that it “is a constitutional right of every Ukrainian
Ten people were injured on Saturday during clashes that broke out at an LGBT Pride march in the Ukrainian capital. Agence France-Presse reported that nine Kiev police officers suffered injuries when members of Pravy Sektor (Right Sector), a Ukrainian nationalist group, sought to disrupt the “March for Equality” event that took place along the Dnieper
The new mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius (Liberal Movement), elected on March 15th, 2015 claims that he sees “no problems with allowing” LGBT* pride events to be held on the central avenue in the downtown of the Lithuanian capital city. However, in response to a public question by a representative of the national LGBT* rights