Lithuania | LGBTQ | 21st July 2021 | Virtual Wire
In 2014 the Supreme Court started reexamination as Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences writer Neringa Dangvydė has published a fairytale Amber Heart which was soon taken to the court.
It was said the fairytale was ‘harmful to minors because of homosexual character appearance. In the same year, the book was stated as ‘harmful for children younger than 14 years old and started as ‘promotion of a different family ideology than the Lithuanian Constitution.
After analyzing the case, the Supreme Court had noted that lower courts have not established real reasons for books to be seen as propaganda in children’s literature. Was it claiming that the ‘marriage and family concept was different from the Constitution and the Civil Code’ or it was only ‘promoting tolerance for different sexual orientation’? As for Ms Dangvydė, she simply explained that she wanted to promote both heterosexual and happy same-sex families.
She wanted to introduce that values such as loyalty, respect, responsibilities of one’s actions are shared by all. And as for the last comment and judgment from the Supreme Court about this case, there is still no finished statement.
In 2021, not only pandemic but also same-sex marriage and relationship rights ideas were at their peak. Remembering how in 2013, President Putin has signed a new federal law prohibiting the propaganda of non-traditional (not heterosexual) relationships.
It states that minors should have zero access to LGBTQ+ information, should not be misguided that homosexual and heterosexual relationships are equal to each other. Such claims not only are interfering with civil rights of freedom of speech but also shows LGBTQ+ citizens as second-class citizenship.
The next country to sign the same law was Hungary in 2021 beginning. It stated the same things as the Russian government of LGBTQ being too difficult and makes children under 18 confused about what real family was.
This law is now distributed in Lithuania. Since 2019, the LGBTQ+ community was being struggled with the Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information. Although the statement from ‘family’ is that everyone in the family should be loved and respected no matter who they are, it is still taboo.
Some families even take their transgender children to exorcists or self-taught psychiatrists, which leads to depression or suicide. Even at this point, people still believe that’s the best choice for them.
From the knowledge of psychology kids from 4-6 years already question their sexuality; 15-17 year teens start to achieve and know who they really are. At the adolescence of 17 – 24-year-olds, they start to fully open up and find themselves and become them. However, this new law would stop their development to who they will become and just stays in unknowledgeable darkness inside.
In 2019 social program on same-sex parents was suspended, while in 2021 student thesis was fully declined in one of the largest universities of Vilnius college as it was addressed sexuality and gender diversity.
Speaking on, in 2021 ‘Big Family defence march’, which was moving for ‘righteous family’, ‘correct traditional family’, stated that the ‘Homosexuality and paedophilia should not be allowed for minors”. This has been criticized by the EU government as it doesn’t fulfil its obligations under EU law, violating the law on freedom of speech and expression.
In the end, the same-sex partnership bill failed to fully pass the first reading in the Lithuanian government, with 63 MPs voting in favour and 58 votings against with the left 7 being abstained. The fight for the right and equal partnership and equal love between people will be resolved after a new Partnership bill will be presented in the upcoming Autumn.
Additionally, the Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) was one of 13 organizations that won the Google.org Impact challenge for Central and Eastern Europe. 2 million euros will be shared between all of those organizations, close to 400,000 euros will be individual grants for charitable organizations of Lithuania and Latvia.