Lithuanian president to meet with mother fighting for LGBTQ rights

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10/25/2021

VILNIUS – Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda is on Monday meeting with a mother who is fighting for the rights of her child and other LGBTQ people. Rasa Raciene, a doctor by profession, says she is seeking a meeting with Nauseda to ask that the president and his circle “spread rhetoric that unites, rather than divides Lithuania”. She says she daily hears remarks, threats of violence and abusive comments from those around her, even from her family, saying that LGBTQ people “do not belong in our society”. “My heart is in pain because all these words are about my child,” she says. “Every day, I worry that something may happen to my child, that all the bullying and hate in the public space will destroy my child emotionally and break him. Believe me, it is unbearable, it is humiliating and it hurts me to the core.” Raciene is also asking the president to talk with the community – children, their parents and NGOs defending LGBTQ rights – about the problems of LGBTQ people, rather than with “third parties”. The woman is also seeking a personal promise from the president that Lithuania will adopt a respectful and dignified partnership law. Nauseda told reporters on Thursday that he would met Raciene on Monday. “I am ready to talk; I am ready to hear”, he said. However, the president noted that the problem of hatred is much bigger.

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