Pride Month 2020

Today, the U.S. Embassy in Russia displays the LGBTI Pride Flag.  The LGBTI flag was created by American artist and activist Gilbert Baker and was first raised as a symbol of hope and diversity on June 25, 1978, during the Gay Freedom Day parade in San Francisco.  June is Pride Month and we celebrate that everyone deserves to live a life free from hatred, prejudice, and persecution.  As Ambassador Sullivan has said, “LGBTI rights are human rights.  And human rights are universal.  It’s as simple as that.”