A Gay Pride First for Another U.S. Embassy as State Department Shows LGBT Solidarity

A few weeks ago, in the latter part of May, the rainbow flag flew over the U.S. Embassy in Madrid. Spanish papers reported that former Home Box Office executive, now openly gay U.S. Ambassador to Spain James Costos, also flew the rainbow flag over his official residence.

Now, theblaze.com is reporting that another gay pride symbol is appearing on another U.S. embassy flagpole, flying beneath the Stars & Stripes for the very first time in this foreign country.

In a show of solidarity with LGBT Israelis, the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv is flying a rainbow flag to mark gay pride week.

“For the first time in history, the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has raised the Pride flag together with our American flag,” U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro posted on Facebook Tuesday. “We are proud to join with the municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo and its residents in celebrating LGBT Pride Week.

President Barack Obama formally declared June to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in the U.S. In Israel, there is a very large and politically active LGBT community. A record-setting 130,000 people are expected to attend gay pride events in Tel Aviv this month.