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Embassies: LGBT People

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 105291, tabled on 14 September 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which British Embassies flew the rainbow flag to mark the (a) Pride day of the local country, (b) International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on 17 May 2017 and (c) public demonstration of support for the rights of LGBT people between 5 August 2016 and 4 August 2017.

Answered on

13 October 2017

‚ÄčThe promotion and protection of LGBT rights is a UK foreign policy priority and our Embassies and High Commissions overseas are encouraged to use the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia and local Pride events to support efforts to promote equality and non-discrimination. The rainbow flag is flown to mark these occasions at the discretion of the Head of Mission.

UK missions also support the rights of LGBT people through other means, including through private messaging to host governments, joint statements with like minded countries, and by supporting the activity of local LGBT civil society organisations.

Missions are not required to inform London of whether or how they mark international days, and no central records are kept.