To celebrate the start of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Pride Month, Ambassador Fulton raised the Pride flag at the United States Embassy in Montevideo. Pride Month commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, NY when LGBTQI+ people fought back against police mistreatment and discrimination. Each June, we honor the resilience of LGBTQI+ people, who are fighting to live authentically and freely.
President Biden and Secretary Blinken have directed that the promotion and protection of the human rights of LBGTQI+ persons are U.S. foreign policy priorities. As Secretary Blinken said in 2022, “Countries are stronger when all people – regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics – are fully recognized as free and equal members of their society.”
During the ceremony, Ambassador Fulton expressed that “raising the Pride flag is a celebration of the hard-won accomplishments of LGBTQI+ activists and their allies, and a reaffirmation of our commitment to the work that still needs to be done to promote the protection of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of LGBTQI+ persons across the globe and within our own communities and workplaces.”
In celebration of Pride Month, the United States Embassy in Montevideo will fly the Pride flag for the duration of the month.