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US Embassy lights up in rainbow colours to mark PRiDE Week

Published:Friday | August 5, 2016 | 8:27 AM
The United States embassy in Kingston lights up in the rainbow colours in recognition of PRiDE Week. - Contributed photo

The United States Embassy in Kingston was lit up in the rainbow colours Thursday night to mark PRiDE Week.

PRiDE Week is being promoted by the Lesbians, Gays, Bi-Sexuals and Transgender (LGBT) community.

On Monday, the Canadian High Commission hosted the opening ceremony.

This year, the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) has organised several activities for PRiDE week under the theme, 'The Pride of People: Celebrating a community of love'.

READ: Pride - Celebrating a community of love

In June, Jamaica's Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte came under pressure following a post she made on Facebook and Twitter denouncing the decision of the US Embassy in Kingston to fly a rainbow flag saying it was against Jamaican laws.

READ: Malahoo Forte under fire 

IN PHOTO: Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte

"I strongly condemn the #OrlandoNightClubShooting but I find it disrespectful of Jamaican laws to have #RainbowFlag flown here. #MyPersonalView," Malahoo Forte posted.

The US Embassy had explained that it was in solidarity with the victims of the Orlando Gay nightclub shooting in which 49 people were shot dead by a man who the police later shot and killed.

Malahoo Forte later deleted the tweet.