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Yesterday was Baltic Pride parade in Vilnius, which is super important in this homophobic country. It was just the second one, the first one was back in 2010 and it was a disaster because people are stupid and were throwing rocks and bottles at the parade. This time, it was much safer - mainly because there were like 200 police officers keeping peace. And a big thank you to them for doing a great job. There were about 30 people arrested for homophobic slurs and trying to stir up shit.

At first, I didn't want to go to the pride, since I didn't want to go alone. But my father came to visit me yesterday, so I made him go for at least the beginning of the parade. I just wanted to see everybody being themselves.

So we went! I really liked that in the center of the whole parade it was such a happy place - music playing, lots of balloons, colourful people and lots of rainbow flags! Such a happy moment for me. I got myself a pride parade flag from a volunteer. I was truly happy there. I know that if I was there with my friends maybe I'd go the whole way of the parade. But me being with my father, we had other things to do.

I think that, if Lithuanian National LGBT organization will organize a pride parade next year, I will definitely be taking part in it. Maybe I'll try to get my friends to come support me, if not - then I'll try to volunteer there.

And here are some pictures from the begging of the parade:

See how many police officers are here. Mind blowing! I joked with my father, that we could go rob a bank and no one will come get us 'cause everyone is out at the parade.


Balloons!! And you can kind of see me, going up to the girl with the balloons to get a flag.


And me with the flag! And BTW, I have a new hair cut! =D


And back to not so great things of the parade. There were a lot of protesters with signs, saying things like STOP - AIDS and SAVE FAMILY VALUES etc. Kind of pissed me off real bad.

And in another news, I finally started listening to Tegan and Sara. And I'm really obsessed! I only have their 3 last records, but they are so awesome! I've been just listening to those records for the past two weeks non stop and watching youtube videos of them performing songs live and interviews.

I haven't been obsessed this much with a band since MCR. And it's AWESOME!
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