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American Embassy Defies Trump and Putin, Displays PRIDE Flag in Moscow

Earlier this month the Trump administration ordered American embassies in foreign countries not to display the rainbow PRIDE flag. In Russia itself it as seen as a symbol of LGBT propaganda and against the law. But that did not stop the American embassy in Moscow which is proudly and definitely displaying the flag for all to see.

“LGBTI rights are human rights. Human rights are universal,” said the caption on the embassy’s Instagram page. “Pride Month is designed to emphasize that everyone deserves to live a life free of hate, prejudice, and persecution.”

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented that they “can’t see the American embassy from the Kremlin,” but said that “any manifestations of propaganda of non-traditional sexual minorities, and so on, is not allowed by law in our country.”

Yesterday millions of Russians took to the polls to vote on a package of constitutional amendments, including one which would enshrine marriage as being between a man and a woman. In March, the country’s Constitutional Court approved the proposal, but noted that it would not remove the state’s obligation to respect differences, including sexual orientation.

We will post the results of the vote when the numbers become available.

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4 thoughts on “American Embassy Defies Trump and Putin, Displays PRIDE Flag in Moscow”

    1. Don’t be idiotic, man. Any win or act of brave defiance is worthy of respect. It is childish to be snide towards something just because it isn’t *your* something. A rainbow flag at any US embassy is in defiance of Trump’s order, and if you don’t know how it’s brave in Moscow, google “gay in Russia” for an eye opener.

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