Rainbow Flag Flies Over US Embassy in Madrid for Anti-Homophobia Day

Thursday, 22 May 2014 11:45 AM

By Melanie Batley

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The U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain, hoisted the rainbow flag outside the building last week to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17.

U.S. Ambassador James Costos, an openly gay former HBO executive, also flew the rainbow flag at his official residence, Breitbart reported.

The Obama administration issued a number of statements marking the day, with President Barack Obama comparing gay rights to the fight for civil rights.

"This year, the United States celebrates the 60th anniversary of 'Brown v. Board of Education,' the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, and the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots," the president said in a statement. "In doing so, we reflect on lessons learned from our own civil rights struggles and reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that the human rights of all people are universally protected."

Secretary of State John Kerry also issued a proclamation noting the day.

"It's not lost on anyone that this year's International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) coincides with the 60th anniversary of the ruling in 'Brown v. Board of Education.' Our commitment to advancing the human rights of LGBT persons is part of this country's long history of fighting to ensure that all people can exercise their human rights," Kerry said, according to Breitbart.

"This past week, we convened religious leaders and representatives of faith-based organizations to think about how we work together to promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons. Next week, we will convene meetings with our private sector allies to discuss the important role of the business community in promoting equality and the ways we can partner through the Global Equality Fund."

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