9 Unexpected Places Where Pride Flags Flew During Pride Month
BY Thom Senzee
June 30 2014 7:14 PM ET UPDATED: July 02 2014 10:43 AM ET
Over U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv
The Pride Flag was flown proudly at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv at the unabashed instruction of the American ambassador to Isreal, Daniel Shapiro, according to the Times of Israel. The embassy also posted a picture of the flags on its Facebook page, where Shapiro commented, “For the first time in history, the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has raised the Pride flag together with our American flag. We are proud to join with the municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo and its residents in celebrating LGBT Pride Week.”
At Moscow City Hall
Protesters in Russia faced arrest and thugs at Moscow LGBT Pride May 31. A Reuters video showed protesters wearing wigs and waving Pride flags high in reference to Eurovision winner and Austrian singer, Conchita Wurst, as they rode in a car bearing large rainbow-striped Pride-Flag placards past the Moscow mayor's offices, according to Pink News. City officials described the protest as part of a small, unsanctioned "Moscow Pride" celebration.
On Utah Eagle Scout's Scarf
The Boy Scouts of America's executive leadership are still resisting the call to allow gay scout masters, especially now that out scouts are welcome. Interestingly, Utah's membership has risen since BSA began allowing gay scouts, a fact that was on display during the Utah Pride Parade June 6, where among these American and Pride Flag-bearing scouts, an Eagle Scout sported a scarf with a custom-embroidered rope-knot insignia fashioned into a Pride Flag theme reports the Associated Press.
LGBT Pride celebrants in Singapore flew the Pride Flag proudly and courageously, despite the looming threat of "Law s377A," which makes gay sex punishable by up to two years in prison.