U.S. embassies around the world may have been denied permission by the Trump administration to fly the rainbow pride flag from their flagpoles to commemorate LGBTQ Pride Month, but that didn’t stop the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara from making a splash at the June 1 Guadalajara Pride March.
The contingent from the consulate were greeted with loud cheers as they dressed up as Uncle Sam and the Statue of Liberty.
The second of Guadalajara’s two parades to commemorate Pride Month, La Marcha del Orgullo, takes place Sunday, June 15, starting from the Minerva Glorieta at 2 p.m. The parade will move down Avenida Hidalgo to the Plaza Liberation in the city center for more festivities throughout the afternoon and early evening.
In an interview this week, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence – who has a history of opposing LGBTQ rights – said only the American flag should fly from flagpoles at U.S. embassies. According to news reports, four embassies – in Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia – were denied permission to fly the pride flag.
Some embassies and consulates reportedly circumvented the ban by placing large pride flags on their facades.
U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted his support for pride month at the end of May, praising the “outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation.”