Sofia Pride 2017

On June 10 Acting Deputy Chief of Mission David McCormick attended the 10th Annual Sofia Pride Parade, standing onstage with other Ambassadors as a Statement of Support to Sofia Pride was read to the crowd.  This year the Statement was signed by an unprecedented 19 Chiefs of Mission, along with UNICEF and UNHCR.

As part of the U.S. Embassy’s ongoing support of LGBTI rights, the U.S. Embassy is proud to support this year’s Pride, whose motto is “Chase the prejudice away.”  LGBTI persons are regularly threatened and harassed, and we recognize that democracy is most secure when all persons live freely without fear of violence and discrimination.  The Sofia Pride serves as a message of tolerance and against homophobia and as an important reminder to those from the LGBTI community that they are not alone.