U.S. embassies, Consulates Acknowledge Pride Month

The U.S. Embassy in Israel flied rainbow flags ahead of Tel Aviv’s annual Pride parade.

Photo of the U.S. Embassy in Israel celebrating Pride month ahead of Tel Aviv’s annual Pride march that drew more than 200,000 people on June 3, 2016. Photo courtesy of Tyler Gregory/A Wider Bridge.

American embassies and consulates around the world are flying rainbow flags to commemorate Pride month. The U.S. Embassy in Israel was illuminated in rainbow colors last week ahead of Tel Aviv’s annual Pride parade.

Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Gender Rights Maryland Executive Director Dana Beyer were among those who attended a reception at Ambassador Dan Shapiro’s home on June 1. Shapiro and members of his staff marched in the Tel Aviv Pride parade two days later with Beyer and other American activists who were in the country on a Jewish Federations of North America trip.

“Like so many of us on the trip, I was thrilled to be in Israel celebrating Pride, and yet also very proud to have my own country standing with us,” Arthur Slepian, executive director of A Wider Bridge, a group that seeks to build connections between LGBT Israelis and those who live in North America, told the Washington Blade on Tuesday in an email.
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