Pride month is celebrated here in the United States. Embassy of Finland in Washington D.C. together with the Nordic colleagues reaffirmed the importance of equality and equal rights for all through various Pride activities.
Hot and humid D.C. weather didn't stop the Nordics enjoying the city's festive atmosphere. On Saturday 9th of June, around 100 people walked together to finest tunes of Nordic music, wearing rainbow flag colored t-shirts. The 2018 parade was the third Capital Pride march for the Nordic Embassies. Honoring the continuing of Pride tradition, a Viking themed float was introduced!
Partnering with the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization in the US, Human Rights Campaign, the five heads of missions were answering public's questions about equality and LGBTQI+ rights for one hour on Twitter. You can have a look at the questions and answers on Twitter by searching the hashtag #AskNordicAmbs.
This act of Nordic digital diplomacy reached over 2 million users on Twitter, allowing the Ambassadors to use the social media platform to amplify the Nordics' message about human rights issues.
Equality is a fundamental value in the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Marriage equality is the law and same-sex couples are able to adopt children in all five countries. Promoting equal rights abroad is also a central foreign policy priority for all the Nordic countries.
Common hashtag which the Nordic embassies are using in the United States is #Nordics4Equality.