Baltic Gay Pride 2016 - Lithuania Gay Pride 2016

Celebrating EuroPride 2016 in Vilnius, Lithuania

Baltic Gay Pride
••• Baltic Gay Pride rotates among the capitals of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania each year. photo courtesy of Baltic Pride

The visibility of the gay communities in Northern Europe's three Baltic nations - Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania - has increased steadily but surely in recent years. Same-sex activity has been legal in all three countries since the early 1990s, although discrimination and hostility toward GLBT residents is still widespread. One encouraging development has been the celebration of Baltic Gay Pride, which has rotated among the three Baltic capitals in recent years, Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn.

As is typically the case, Baltic Pride takes place in June this year - the dates are June 13 through June 19, 2016

Last year, Baltic Pride received a huge boost in prominence and attendance, as the organizers of EuroPride chose Riga, Latvia as the host of the prominent celebration (In 2016, EuroPride is taking place in Amsterdam, and then Madrid in 2017, in case you're planning ahead). 

Baltic Pride consists of several days of social, cultural, and political events related to LGBT issues both across Europe and, this year, specifically in the Baltics - these include history exhibits, workshops, films, health and sexuality discussions, symposiums, a Trans Rights discussion, and much more. There's also a Baltic Pride Parade, held on Saturday of the main weekend (June 18 this year).

Baltic Gay Resources

For more information on gay travel in the Baltic countries, look to PinkBaltics.com, a gay travel company that offers tours in Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius as well as providing excellent information on all three cities on its website.

For more on Latvia gay life, check out the Riga Gay Guide at Riga-Life.com, and similarly, the Vilnius Gay Guide at Vilnius-Life.com does a terrific job detailing gay life there, as does the Tallinn Gay Guide at Tallinn-Life.com.

You can also look to the official tourism office of Latvia for tips on visiting the country and its capital, Riga.