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In honor of Pride Month, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will host a reception on Friday, June 17 at 5:45 p.m. EDT in the Benjamin Franklin room at the Department of State. The Secretary’s remarks will be open to the press and live streamed on and 

The Pride Month reception will also feature brief remarks by U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons Jessica Stern and Michael Konstantino, President of glifaa, the organization representing LGBTQI+ employees and allies in U.S. foreign affairs agencies.

Pre-set time for video cameras: 4:45 p.m. from the C Street lobby.Final access time for writers and stills: 5:15 p.m. from the C Street lobby.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver’s license, passport).

Please submit any media inquiries via the web form located on the ‘Information for Journalists’ page on

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