Joint Statement from Ambassadors to Lithuania for the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) 2024

May 17 marks the date in 1990 when homosexuality was removed from the World Health Organisation´s Classification of Diseases, thereby acknowledging that sexual orientation is an integral aspect of a person. However, over three decades later, LGBTQI+ communities still face intolerance, prejudice, discrimination, and misunderstanding. Even worse, they experience disproportionate rates of harassment and violence in many countries.

On the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), we - the Ambassadors to Lithuania - reaffirm our commitment to advancing and advocating in favor of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex persons.  Sexual orientation and gender identity should never lead to prejudice, discrimination, nor crimes.  We salute IDAHOBIT as a celebration of human diversity and tolerance around the world and an opportunity to express solidarity with the LGBTQI+ community. 

 We express support for the members of the LGBTQI+ community in Lithuania, our own countries and elsewhere, as they seek equal rights.  We welcome the positive developments on these issues in Lithuania in recent years, in line with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.  While fully respecting the democratic processes in the Seimas, we hope that the civil union bill will pass the third reading successfully and would establish civil unions, offering some of the rights and benefits of marriage, including joint property ownership and the ability to make medical decisions for a partner.

 We sincerely and greatly appreciate all of those organizing, working, and volunteering to ensure equal rights for the LGBTQI+ community in Lithuania and beyond.  We look forward to upcoming events, especially Baltic Pride 2024 in Riga and Vilnius Pride events planned for June.

 Alana Hudson, Ambassador of New Zealand

Aleš Opata, Ambassador of the Czech Republic

Alix Everard, Ambassador of France

Arja Makkonen, Ambassador of Finland

Benjamin Hayes, Ambassador of Australia

Brian Olley, Ambassador of the United Kingdom

Cornelius Zimmermann, Ambassador of Germany

Emanuele de Maigret, Ambassador of Italy

Grete Sillasen, Ambassador of Denmark

Hadas Wittenberg Silverstein, Ambassador of Israel

Harald Aspelund, Ambassador of Iceland

Jack Twiss Quarles van Ufford, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Jeanette Eileen Sautner, Ambassador of Canada

Kaimo Kuusk, Ambassador of Estonia

Kara C. McDonald, Ambassador of the United States

Lars Wahlund, Ambassador of Sweden

Maria Nieves Blanco Diaz, Ambassador of Spain

Ole T. Horpestad, Ambassador of Norway

Paul Schmit, Ambassador of Luxembourg

Rik Van Droogenbroeck, Ambassador of Belgium

Séadhna MacHugh, Ambassador of Ireland

Solveiga Silkalna, Ambassador of Latvia

Thomas Castrel, General Representative of Flanders

Yvonne Toncic-Sorinj, Ambassador of Austria


Last updated 17 May 2024, 12.02 PM