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U.S. Embassy celebrates LBGTQI+ Pride Month in June

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — America Embassy in Nassau yesterday raised the rainbow Pride Flag to support the human rights of LGBTQI+ individuals in The Bahamas and all over the world. 

The Embassy joins U.S. Embassies in greater than 100 countries in flying the rainbow flag.

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Usha Pitts unfurls the Pride Flag at her residence off of Lake Cunningham | Nassau, The Bahamas | June 1, 2022 (Photo Credit: U.S. Embassy Nassau)

In a press release, the embassy said: “As President Biden said, Pride Month is a chance to “recognize the resilience and determination of the numerous individuals who’re fighting to live freely and authentically”.”

Pride Month commemorates years of struggle in the continued pursuit of equality under the law for members of the LGBTQI+ community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex).

“Through the month of June—celebrated as Pride Month in the US—the enduring rainbow flag will once more fly from the flagpole of the U.S. Embassy in Downtown Nassau and on the Chief of Mission’s Residence on Sanford Road,” the statement continued.

“Openly or not, LGBTQI+ individuals play an integral role in every community and have made unique contributions to societies throughout history.”

During Pride Month, the embassy said it’s supporting conversations and hosting events that highlight the importance of diversity in supporting a healthy, thriving democracy.

Amongst them, include three film screenings on the National Art Gallery: Milk (U.S.) on June 8; The Lavender Scare (U.S.) on June 17, and Children of God (Bahamas) on June 24.

The Embassy will join local partners to mark Pride Month in ways each big and small, the statement read.

A calendar of events will be found on the Embassy’s Facebook and Instagram pages (@usembassynassau) and follow us for updates on additional opportunities to have a good time Pride Month at local restaurants, bars, and art galleries.

“We aspire to a world where everyone seems to be secure to live their lives as they see fit.  Like people all over the place and throughout history, LGBTQI+ individuals wish to pursue their dreams, love their families, and live in a society that values them as equals,” the statement added.

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