All upcoming episodes of the series “Spalvos” (“Colours” in Lithuanian) on LRT, the national broadcaster of Lithuania, featuring LGBT topics have been postponed until regulatory authority takes a decision on whether the series violates the “Law on the Protection of Minors Against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information”.
Earlier, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania stressed on several occasions that the law will not be applied in a way that is “discriminatory against LGBT individuals”, the organization LGL reports on their web site.
LGL is the national lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender rights association in Lithuania and the only nongovernmental organization in country exclusively representing the interests of the local LGBT+ community.
It all started when LRT aired a TV program portraying the parenthood journey of a married gay men couple from United Kingdom at its internet portal.
Although many praised such a rare instance of the diversity representation in the country, several anti-gay activists and organizations appealed to the broadcaster and the government to remove the programme “Gay Dads” from the web site because it allegedly violates the law on the Protection of Minors Against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information.
The basis of allegation was that portraying LGBT family life presents “harmful” information for minors and promotes family concept different than that prescribed by the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania.