2020.07.13 14:00

Some 500 people rally for LGBT rights in Vilnius – photos

Margiris Meilutis, Ignas Jačauskas, BNS2020.07.13 14:00

On Saturday, around 500 people marched in Vilnius for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. 

"Legalise my name, legalise my love," the crowd chanted to the sound of drums.

One of the protesters, a young man who introduced himself as Fritz, said that the aim of the march was to draw attention to violations of the rights of transgender people in Lithuania and "harmful" provisions of the Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information.

Lithuania must legalize sex change and same-sex marriage, he said.

Participants of the March for LGBTQ+ Solidarity waved rainbow flags and placards with slogans such as "30 years without rights and respect".

In Vilnius' Cathedral Square, the marchers were met by a group of up to 20 counter-demonstrators, including MPs Egidijus Vareikis and Rimantas Dagys, the leaders of the Lithuanian Christian Union.

Vareikis told BNS that nobody was violating human rights in Lithuania, calling the march a "cultural craze".

The march was organized by the LGBTQ+ community.

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