Highlighting LGBTI Month #PrideMonth

In recognition of LGBTI Month, the Department of State affirms its solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI persons to live with dignity and freedom. You can consult the complete text here:

The U.S. Embassy joins the LGBTI Month celebration and the World Pride celebration in Madrid, organizing various activities to support the LGBTI community in Spain.



The U.S. Embassy showed its Pride during World Pride Madrid week
The rainbow flag was flown on the side of U.S. Embassy Madrid.







Design Thinking Workshop  sponsored by LGBTI women network LesWorking. The United States Embassy, in collaboration with Marta Fernández, the founder of the organization LesWorking, hosted a Design Thinking workshop that was led by María José Jordá, a national and international expert on innovation and digital transformation. The event also showcased the short film “Yo también”, directed by Sonia Sebastián. This short film is part of the INDETECTABLES series, an entrepreneurial project from the organization Apoyo Positivo.



Madrid Summit
Darren Spedale, the founder of StartOut, participated in the lecture “La labor de las empresas en el fomento de la visibilidad y la integración LGBTI”.
The United States Embassy, in collaboration with the organizing committee for WorldPride Madrid 2017 in the Madrid Summit, the International Conference on Human Rights, hosted this event that took place at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, to debate the Human Rights situation for the LGBTI community throughout the world. Darren Spedale, the founder of the entrepreneurial platform StartOut, discussed the role of entrepreneurs and businesses as agents of economic change in the LGBTI collective.




2017 World Pride Reception
n recognition of LGBTI month and in honor of the World Pride 2017 celebration in Madrid, the Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Kris Urs, hosted a reception at his residence. Acting Cultural Affairs Officer Ryan Matheny, along with the Chargé d’Affaires, recognized the work done by the city of Madrid to celebrate World Pride 2017, and welcomed the next World Pride 2019 which will take place in New York City.


LGBT@Work Workshops organized by IEOut. U.S. entrepreneur Darren Spedale, founder of the national organization for entrepreneurs StartOut, spoke about diversity in the workplace during his presentation “How entrepreneurs are leveraging diversity for their business advantage.”


“Diversity in the Startup Scene: leveraging diversity to your advantage”
This workshop at Impact Hub for entrepreneurs was led by Darren Spedale, founder of StartOut, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and developing entrepreneurship in the LGBTI community.