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At noon on Sunday, the Lithuanian Gay League, LGBT* rights organization, took a ride on a rainbow bus down the streets of central Vilnius.
Rainbow flag at Vilnius Cathedral Square. Photo by Augustas Didžgalvis, LGL
Rainbow flag at Vilnius Cathedral Square. Photo by Augustas Didžgalvis, LGL

This year, LGBT* rights activists, including the LGL, author of the censored book “Amber Heart” Neringa Dangvydė, Facebook kissing sensations Pijus Beizaras and Mangirdas Levickas, invited residents and visitors of Vilnius to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) for the fourth time in Lithuania. On Saturday, the longest rainbow flag in the country was unfurled in the Cathedral Square.

The rainbow bus began its journey at the LGBT* centre in Vilnius and made stops at two strategically important locations – the Cathedral Square and the Vilnius City Chamber of Marriage. At each of these stops, fifteen passengers left the bus to hold the 30 metre rainbow flag, calling the attention of those passing by, journalists, and government officials to the critical need to protect LGBT* rights.

Check out photos from the event here.

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