Press release: END STATE HOMOPHOBIA IN LITHUANIA!

16 05 2009

On the 17th May, on the day of Lithuanian president elections and International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Nordic LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) rights activists will gather in front of the Lithuanian embassy in Stockholm to express their concerns about homophobia in Lithuania.

The demonstration will be held in regards to a legislation expected to be passed by the Lithuanian Parliament this month. If adopted it would allow to ban basically any non-negative information on homosexuality and bisexuality, e.g. movies such as Brokeback Mountain.

“Foremost the law (if adopted) would have a harmful effect on homosexual and bisexual children and adolescents. Firstly, it would further encourage marginalization and stigmatization of these young people. Secondly, it would restrain their access to adequate information and psychological help.”– comments Augustas Cicelis, Lithuanian activist.

The demonstration is organised by Lithuanian activists with a support from SFQ, The Swedish Federation of LGBTQ Student Organizations and ANSO, Association of Nordic LGBTQ Student Organizations.

The demonstration starts at 14.00 in front of Lithuanian Embassy in Stockholm, Grevgatan 5.

Press contact:

Augustas Cicelis,

Tel: +46700629726

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