Love is GREAT: UK to promote equality at Pride events across US
The British Embassy Washington and several British consulates general across the US will participate in ‘Love is GREAT’ themed events in support of the UK’s commitment to LGBT rights.
For the second year, the British Embassy in Washington will participate in the Capital Pride Parade on 7 June, a celebration of the local and national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community and those that support it. After the parade the embassy will host a post-parade celebration at The Brixton from 7pm. All are welcome to join!
Several British consulates general in the US, including New York, Houston and Atlanta will also be participating in ‘Love is GREAT’ themed Pride Parades this year. The British Consulate General New York and UK Mission to the UN plan to lead a float through the famed NYC Pride, and will also host a Pride-themed pub night. The consulate and staff in Houston will join the city’s annual Pride parade for the first time, which is led by Mayor Annise Parker, the first openly gay mayor of a major US city. In Atlanta Consul General Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford will drive a British vehicle through the city’s parade.
The UK government supports that human rights are universal and should be equal for all and works toward promoting and protecting LGBT rights in the UK and internationally.
We are showcasing photos from The Architecture of Diplomacy: The British Ambassador’s Residence in Washington, by Anthony Seldon and Daniel Collings. The residence, completed in 1930 by Sir Edwin Luytens, has born witness to historic state visits and prized events throughout its tenure. Here is the view of the terrace from above. The black areas in the pattern were created through stacking sheets of slate on edge to create a uniquely textured and enduring surface that has stood the test of time – and many visitors!
(Photo by Eric Sander)
EU country embassies throughout Washington DC opened their doors on 10 May for the EU’s Annual Open House Day to mark EU Day. For the 7th year, the British Embassy in Washington took part in this special day-long event, which celebrates the remarkable work that EU country embassies are doing in Washington and provides a wonderful way to experience what makes each EU country unique. The British embassy hosted an interactive and family-friendly bazaar celebrating UK culture, creativity, business and innovation. With the theme GREAT Britain: You’re Invited, the embassy showcased why the UK is a fantastic destination for travel, study, and business, while illustrating the unparalleled partnership the UK shares with the United States.
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Foreign Secretary William Hague & UK Ambassador Peter Westmacott with Twitter’s @Gov Team
While in Washington on an official visit, Foreign Secretary William Hague stopped by the Twitter DC offices. While there he hosted a live Twitter Q&A answering foreign policy questions from the public. Twitter users submitted questions using the hashtag #AskFS. The Foreign Secretary also took time to chat with the Twitter @Gov team about digital diplomacy and digital government efforts.
Maeve is highlighting iconic British brands Burberry and Hunter Boots on this rainy Washington, DC day. We Brits know how to style in the rain! Sales of UK designer clothing have been rising by around 20% a year in the last decade, and are worth about £2.5 billion. Fashion is GREAT Britain!