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Double gay kiss live on Eurovision stage

Double gay kiss live on Eurovision stage

Tonight at the Eurovision Song Contest Second Semi-Final in Vienna, the performers from Lithuania scored a Eurovision first with not one, but two same-sex couples sharing a kiss on stage.

Watched by millions of television across the world, singers Vaidas and Monika opened the show with their song called “This Time” supported by two male and two female backing singers and dancers.

During the song, the lyrics call for ‘One Kiss’ where the music paused and Vaidas and Monika share a kiss and, at the same time, the two other male singers and two female singers stopped for a kiss.

It is not the first time that same-sex couples have shared a kiss on stage at Eurovision, most notably Finnish singer Krista Siegfrids in 2013 and, in the same year, two male Swedish grooms kissed during the interval show in a parody of Swedish life.

However, displays of affection between same-sex countries have usually been between more open and progressive Western countries, this one being the first from one of the ex-Russian states.

The preview video for ‘This Time’ had also featured two men sharing a kiss and caused considerable controversy in their home country.

Gay Star News managed to speak with Vaidas Baumila, one half of the Lithuanian duo about the song and why LGBTI rights are important to him.

GSN: Have you had any negative reaction in your home country to the video as it contains a same-sex kiss?

Vaidas: Oh of course. But we definitely expected that and were ready to face the critics. Glad to be one of the first to have a gay kiss in a video 🙂

GSN: Who came up with the idea of the video?

Vaidas: Everyone in the Eurovision team contributed. I mean, the amazing thing was that no one was even hesitating of saying YES to the gay kiss. That means, we are finally getting somewhere right with our thinking back in Lithuania.

GSN: Conchita Wurst has become already become a Eurovision legend and never stops campaigning for LGBT rights across Europe and the world. What would be your message to the world if you won?

Vaidas: I am a huge LGBT supporter. As a straight man I am proud to have gay friends, one of my best friends is gay. We must find a way to live in tolerance and equality in the world, and how we can change the major opinion about gay men and women in my country. People are afraid of things they don’t understand. We have to show them that in this case the fear is inadequate. We must educate the subject.

GSN: Attitudes in Lithuania towards LGBT rights seem to be slowly improving with, just last week, the government saying that Lithuanian law is no barrier to same-sex civil partnerships. Why do you think things are improving for gay people in Lithuania?

Vaidas: For the past couple of years there has been a lot of talking about equality and equal rights for every citizen of Lithuania. Politicians, actors, musicians, scholars and other intelligent people get involved in the conversation about tolerance and equality. I am more than happy to see the effect of it all.

GSN: Eurovision attracts a large number of LGBTI fans, why do you think that is?

Vaidas: Well, taking in count that the whole contest is watched by 130 million viewers each year, it’s not surprising that there’s a large number of LGBT and LGBT friendly community getting involved. I mean – why shouldn’t it be that way?

GSN: What’s you favorite ever Lithuanian entry?

Vaidas: I must say – Aiste SmilgevičiÅ«tÄ—, and her amazing song Strazdas. It was way ahead of it’s time

GSN: Finally, do you have any message for your gay fans who will be watching the contest?

Vaidas: Spread the love! And if you like Lithuanias entry, dont hesitate and vote 🙂