The rainbow flag and colors, the universal symbol for the LGBT community along with the terms Diversity, Equality, Pride, Love, Rights, and Everyone greeted visitors to the US Embassy’s Facebook page.
US President Barack Obama’s recent promulgated June as LGBT Pride Month and said his administration proudly stands alongside all those who fight for LGBT rights and is extending family and spousal benefits to legally married same-sex couples.
The month honors the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan which are considered a “tipping point” for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.
During this month, the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements are also commemorated.
This is not the first time that an overseas US mission has promoted the LGBT movement. The US embassy in Tel Aviv has in a historic show of solidarity with LGBT Israelis flown the American national flag alongside the rainbow flag to mark gay pride week being celebrated in the Israeli capital. Same-sex relations is legal in Israel.
However, in the mainly Catholic Philippines, same-sex relations, conduct or affection may be subject to the “grave scandal” prohibition in Article 200 of the Revised Penal Code and the LGBT community is not protected by any civil rights laws.