LGBT Pride Month

President Obama has proclaimed June 2015 to be LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered) Pride month.  We, the U.S. Embassy community, are committed to advancing human rights for all, including LGBT individuals. Fostering of a culture of inclusion, respect, and dignity by working to promote acceptance of LBGT people around the world is a top priority for the Department.  In pursuit of this goal, the Department appointed Randy Berry as the first Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons in February of this year.

The end of June 2015 marks the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which are often held up as the beginning of the LGBT rights movement in the United States. The 46 years that have passed since a group of LGBT citizens stood up to police in an unjust raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City have been marked by small, steady victories for the human rights of LGBT people. This march toward equality continues in 2015 as various legal battles on LGBT issues are scheduled to be decided.

Today, U.S. Embassy Caracas proudly flies the LGBT pride flag in recognition of LGBT Pride Month. For more information on the U.S. Government’s efforts to promote LGBT rights around the world, see:  https://www.hrw.org/topic/lgbt-rights