People around the world celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride this Month. Here in China, American diplomats celebrate Pride Month with friends and colleagues, taking advantage of the chance to recognize the value society gains from each member of society. It is important that each member of our community—of all communities—feel free to enjoy basic human rights, including freedom of expression and of association.
Ambassador Terry Branstad has this to say about Pride month, “Throughout my time in public life, I have worked to create an open, inclusive and welcoming atmosphere to attract talented individuals to the workforce. This month, as we celebrate Pride, I am proud of the important contributions that the members from within the LGBTI community make to advance our mission in China. They are valued and respected, and constitute an essential part of our team.”