Gay, bisexual and trans women in Lithuania have written postcards to all the country’s MPs with the slogan, “Let’s speak”.
The female contingent of Lithuania’s LGBT population is severely under-represented, according to the country’s gay rights association Lithuania Gay League.
LGL’s on-going project Empowering LBT Women saw a group of volunteers send postcards to every member of the Lithuanian Parliament last week. The project is designed to promote dialogue and promote the population’s visibility at a national level.
The direction for gay rights is uncertain in the European country. Earlier this year, legislators were considering a draft law which would alter the Code of Administrative Offences in order to punish those found to be “promoting” homosexuality with a fine of between €580 and €2900.
In 2006, Lithuania amended the Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information. According to the current legislation, “propaganda of homosexuality and bisexuality” has a damaging effect on minors.
Information on homosexuality and bisexuality should, it states, be banned from schools and any other places where it can be accessed by young people.
Lithuania has a ban on same-sex marriages and no provision for civil partnerships, but gays and lesbians are allowed to serve openly in the military.