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.
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