The Lithuanian Gay League invited swimmer Rūta Meilutytė to march in the Baltic Pride event in Vilnius this year, but received an unexpected answer from her father Saulius Meilutis.
Saulius Meilutis
© DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

He called gay people a "natural anomaly" and said he could not support the march.

An LGL representative had sent a letter to Meilutytė charity fund inviting the Olympic and European champion and record holder to participate in the Baltic Pride 2016 fundraising dinner.

The organization then received a letter from the fund director, Meilutytė's father Saulius, saying: “The Fund cannot support your event, because, first of all, such support is not possible according to fund‘s regulation. Secondly, I personally am not a homophobe, I know some highly educated, high-level and reputable professionals, impeccably cultured gay people, but I will never either justify, or support your parades.”

Chairman of the Lithuanian Gay League board Vladimir Simonko emphasized that this is not about the athlete, but about her father. Meilutytė has repeatedly voiced support for LGBT friends and Simonko said he would not want this response blamed on her.

Meilutytė herself later commented on the issue on her Facebook page, distancing herself from her father's statements.

"The letter today was the opinion of my Father, not my own or my fund's. I believe that there should be no place for intolerance in today's world. Each person is equally important - whomever they love, wherever they live or whatever God they believe," Meilutytė posted on Tuesday night.

Šiandieninis laiškas buvo Tėčio, bet ne mano ar mano fondo nuomonė. Manau, kad šiandieniniame pasaulyje neturi likti...

Posted by Ruta Meilutyte on Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

MO Museum invites viewers to discover themselves among animals and robots

Can you imagine how animals feel around us? Would like to sing in the language of flies? Have ever...

Special ceremony for the Humanist of the Year Award at the Embassy of Finland in Lithuania

On March 26, 2019, the Ambassador of Finland to Lithuania HE Christer Michelsson and Mrs Ebba...

Vilnius: welcome to a dynamic film set

When Helen Mirren walks into her home as Catherine the Great in the new HBO mini series named after...

Education experts from around the globe to meet at an international forum ‘World after University’ in April

On 4th of April, 2019 high-ranking politicians, professors, rectors and the best education experts...

Director Saulius Beržinis awarded with Rogatchi Foundation Humanist of the Year 2018 Award

The Rogatchi Foundation is pleased to inform that its Humanist of the Year 2018 Award will be handed...