A Message from Ambassador Eric P. Whitaker on Pride Month in the United States

The U.S. Government commemorates June as Pride Month, with an important message:  “You are Included.”  Out of many, we are one.  Our diverse experiences, perspectives, and contributions make our institution strong and advances the goals of American diplomacy.

The Department of State has committed to increasing U.S. engagement on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) human rights issues abroad.  We promote a more inclusive global society for all, including those who consider themselves to be members of the LGBT+ community.  We strive to address the challenges faced by those who are marginalized, facing discrimination, violence, and other forms of persecution because of their identity and orientation.  We are proudly diverse in identity, but unified in our shared commitment to tolerance and the freedom and dignity of all.

Embassy Niamey will mark the occasion of Pride Month by displaying a Pride flag in the Gallery and posting information on its web page.  Furthermore, we have posted articles on Pride Month and the Stonewall uprising in 1969 in the June edition of The Harmattan.

These actions are being taken to demonstrate in a clear matter that the human rights of all persons – regardless of gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation – are to be respected with dignity for all.

Pride Month serves as a reminder that as diverse as we are, we all have inherent dignity as members of a larger community regardless of our identities or orientations.