Two weeks ago, Vilnius hosted its third LGBT Pride parade, the Baltic Pride 2016 ! Among many other events surrounding the march, our movie We Can Be Gay Today was screened at the Soho Club, and I was there to introduce it.
The first thing that struck me was that this time there was a Pride House in a bar, and it was in the middle of a park in the city center, with absolutely no sign of protestation. We attended very interesting workshops, had side events, in a much more open way than three years ago.
Pride Selfie !
The day before the march, we got news from the anti-LGBT movement : they were planning to bring water guns to the parade… filled with pee. So we were expecting the worst from this event, which was supposed to be much larger than in 2013.
Me, trying to get rid of a balloon in a very manly way while I try to film this opponent with rainbows in the
background and no trace of his homophobic sign. I know it’s cheating, but it was funny !
And it was larger indeed ! Between 2000 and 3000 people were marching, and things were peaceful and quiet. The protesters didn’t anything of what they told, there were only a handful of them waving anti-EU signs, nothing unusual but still there was very few of them (comparing to 2013 !). It felt wonderful ! To see how much progress was done between 2010 and now was a thrilling experience, proving that in terms of acceptance and human rights, anything is possible.