Monday, August 8, 2011

Embassy Participates in Reykjavik’s Gay Pride Parade

A group of Embassy volunteers marched in Reykjavik’s Gay Pride Parade a few days ago.  We wanted to show our hosts that the United States supports the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals to lead productive and dignified lives, free from fear and violence.  We also wanted our participation to celebrate diversity.  Aside from enjoying the festivities and seeing so many families along the parade route, we were heartened by Reykjavik’s reaction to our participation as we heard applause and many expressions of encouragement along the way.  Iceland has a strong record of support for LGBT individuals and we were very proud to be a part of this event.