U.S. Embassy Supports Prague Pride Festival 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Prague is proud to support the Prague Pride Festival again this year, which will take place August 8-14 throughout the city. This year’s theme is “love,” and the Pride Festival’s objective is to combat prejudice against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons and other minorities.

130 events are planned in Prague as part of Pride Week, including those planned by the U.S. Embassy in Prague in celebration of Pride:

  • On Monday, August 8 at 8:15 p.m., the Embassy’s Glorietta on Petrin Hill will be illuminated in rainbow colors as part of the opening ceremony of the Pride festival. The ceremony will take place on Strelecky Ostrov in downtown Prague. United States Ambassador Andrew Schapiro will deliver welcoming remarks. For more information, please see: www.praguepride.cz.
  • On Monday, August 8, the Embassy’s American Center (Trziste 13, Prague 1) will officially open the LGBTI exhibition, “Different Families, Same Rights,” starting at 1:00 p.m. The exhibition will run until the end of August.
  • On Tuesday, August 9, at 4:30 p.m., the American Center (Trziste 13, Prague 1) will host a documentary screening and discussion in English with John Catania and Charles Ignacio, two gay American activists who are married, about the LGBTI movement in the United States. For more information, please see following link: www.americkecentrum.cz.
  • As a part of the American Center’s Film Club, several LGBTI-themed movies will be screened. For complete listing of the films, visit: www.americkecentrum.cz. Admission is free.
  • On Saturday, August 13, U.S. Embassy representatives will again join the Prague Pride march throughout the city.

The U.S. Embassy in Prague remains committed to working with the Czech government, as well as civil society, interfaith, and business communities to protect and promote the human rights of LGBTI persons. Since 2011, the U.S. Embassy has provided assistance to the Prague Pride Festival, including financial support through its small grants program, providing meeting space for workshops and discussions on LGBTI issues, and fostering cross cultural exchanges. For more information on the U.S. government’s support for the human rights of LGBTI persons worldwide, please see: White House Fact Sheet on Support for Human Rights of LGBT Persons.