Eurovision 2015: Lithuania gay kiss praised on Twitter - 'Double same sex kiss extravaganza, hell yeah'

According to reports, Eurovision TV editors chose to close up on the gay kisses and ignore straight ones on the international live stream

Daisy Wyatt
Sunday 24 May 2015 11:15
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Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila perform 'This Time' complete with same-sex kissing at Eurovision
Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila perform 'This Time' complete with same-sex kissing at Eurovision

After Conchita Wurst flew the flag for gay and transgender rights across the globe at last year’s Eurovision song contest, Lithuania continued the theme this year with same-sex kisses from male and female dancers with its song “This Time”.

While homosexual acts in Lithuania have been legal since 1993, same-sex marriage is still illegal and prejudice towards gay and lesbian couples remains entrenched in its society.

The same-sex kisses were celebrated on Twitter, with many commenting that Lithuanian singers Monika Linkyte and Vaidas Baumila know exactly how to play up to Eurovision’s strong gay fan base.

According to reports, Eurovision TV editors even chose to close up on the gay kisses and avoid the straight ones on the international live stream.

However, Lithuania is not among the favourites to win the song contest despite their strong LGBT message.

Sweden, Australia, Italy, Russia and Serbia are thought to be the favourites to win the song contest, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

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