Co-designed by muralist Lisa Marie Thalhammer, the British Embassy in Washington and the Little Gay Pub, the “Great Love is for everyone” mural spotlights our Great Love campaign, which celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community and the UK and US’s shared values of equality and diversity.
This Legacy Mural portrays an iconic British telephone booth surrounded by the Rose of England, the Thistle of Scotland, the Daffodil of Wales and the Shamrock of Northern Ireland.
What does it mean?
The rainbow colour choices are influenced by the gay pride flag and symbolises healing energy, peace and abundance. The incorporation of the iconic British telephone booth refers to communication and the importance of proclaiming these positive cultural values from the United Kingdom and our respect for the beautiful diversity around the world.
The UK Pride Mural was co-designed by Lisa Marie Thalhammer (artist), British Embassy Washington (sponsor) and the Little Gay Pub (location). The floral arrangement on the mural represents the four nations of the United Kingdom – the Rose of England, the Thistle of Scotland, the Daffodil of Wales and the Shamrock of Northern Ireland.
About the artist
Lisa Marie Thalhammer is an award-winning visual artist, LGBTQIA+ activist and the Creative Director of Lisa Marie Studio. Her work often depicts inspirational imagery and harmonious rainbow spectrums, authentically communicating messages of persistence, equity and love. She employs an array of mediums including paper, canvas and mural walls, always with an intention to uplift and empower.
Born and raised in the American heartland of St. Louis, Missouri, Lisa Marie studied fine art at the Art Institute of Chicago and University of Kansas before moving to Washington, D.C. where she has painted more than a dozen murals, including “The LOVE Mural,” which is among the most famous and photographed murals in D.C.
About the pub
Situated at the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Logan Circle community, The Little Gay Pub (also known as LGP) has earned a reputation as a beloved and welcoming space known for its ornate bathroom, warm space and delicious cocktails. Owners Dusty Martinez, Benjamin Gander and Dito Sevilla, opened the trendy bar in March 2022.
The Little Gay Pub
1100 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
The UK and the LGBTQIA+ community
The UK champions and supports grassroots LGBTQIA+ organisations and human rights defenders globally through targeted programmes and direct engagement. Our network of over 280 diplomatic missions monitors and raises awareness of human rights in their host countries and, through diplomatic lobbying, seek to influence and support countries on the path to greater equality. The British Embassy in Washington has participated in D.C.’s Capital Pride events since 2010.
Our Great Love campaign is a celebration of the UK’s diverse and flourishing LGBTQIA+ community. In this campaign, twelve members of the UK LGBTQIA+ community share their intimate, personal stories with us. Each of them reference an object or objects that represent a pivotal moment of time in their lives, when they felt included, seen and a part of a bigger community. Head over to the Great Love page to read their stories and share your #GREATLoveStories too.
For more information on GREAT Love go to www.greatcampaign.com/great-love.