The U.S. Embassy in Moscow hung a rainbow flag, the symbol of the LGBT community, from its front facade in honor of Pride month.
The flag is not often displayed in public in Russia due to a controversial law that prohibits “homosexual propaganda toward minors” and persistent anti-LGBT attitudes across the country.
Despite backlash against the flag from Russian lawmakers and right-wing groups, Muscovites snapped some photos in front of the flag in a show of support for gay rights.
Donald Trump banned American embassies from hanging Pride flags on official embassy flagpoles in early June, but the U.S. Embassy in Moscow wrote in a statement that "June is Pride Month and we celebrate that everyone deserves to live a life free from hatred, prejudice and persecution."
A gay couple kissing in front of U.S. Embassy