An antigay Web
site in Lithuania is being investigated by authorities in
Vilnius, the country's capital. The Web site, which
promotes murdering gays and threatens people to
prevent them from publicly acknowledging their
sexual orientation, is one of two investigations
currently under way dealing with discrimination against
gays, reports Agence France-Presse.
involves leaflets distributed in Vilnius that "[call]
for action against the homosexual community,"
Aurelija Juodyte, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's
office, told AFP on Monday.
comments on the Web site, entitled 'Let's stop the rainbow
colours,' were calls to beat and kill homosexual
people," Juodyte said. "The leaflets
warned homosexual people not to out [themselves] in
The bout of
homophobia follows on the heels of a European
Union-supported rally against discrimination that was
canceled last month. City officials feared that the
event, which would have included members of the
Lithuanian gay community hoisting a rainbow flag, would
create unrest among homophobic citizens.
Juodyte also told
AFP that Lithuania punishes "discrimination and
instigation of hatred" with up to three years in
prison. (The Advocate)