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British Embassy spends £10,000 of taxpayer money on LGBT mural


The British Embassy in Washington have spent £10,836.20 of taxpayer money on a Pride mural above a ‘Little Gay Pub’ in America.

The mural was painted in February this year and was praised by the British Ambassador to America, Dame Karen Pierce, who inaugurated the image saying: “The core values of equality and inclusion that America and Britain share are now immortalised on this wall for years to come”.

The news comes after it was revealed that the British Embassy spent more than £50,000 on pride parties and celebrations in 2022 and 2023.

Of that tens of thousands of pounds was funded by taxpayers and was spent on pride floats, flags and drinks for people to celebrate LGBT issues at the Embassy.

Upon the mural’s opening earlier this year, Dame Karen told an American Left-wing LGBT magazine, Advocate, that “It’s very good to be able to celebrate the diversity in both U.K. life and U.S. life”.

The magazine said the Ambassador told them the mural serves as a “modern manifestation” of the demographic shifts and enduring bonds between the UK and US.

The money came from the GREAT Challenge Fund, a taxpayer funded project which promotes “the UK’s culture, history, arts, music, sport, leading tech, and food & drink” according to the Foreign Office.

Anna McGovern, a broadcaster and commentator, said: “The fact that the British Embassy in Washington spent over £10,000 of taxpayer money on a Pride mural highlights a deeply disturbing trend in our institutions prioritising ideological displays over genuine diplomatic and national interests.”

The FCDO defended spending taxpayer money on the gay mural, saying in their response to GB News’s FOI: “Such activity leverages British culture, tradition, and innovation to support tourism, business, and educational wins, as well as to advance UK Government priorities.”