The Trump administration is in support of the LGBTQ movement, but that doesn’t mean it should be flown next to the American flag.
“The Trump administration is rejecting requests from U.S. embassies to fly the rainbow pride flag on embassy flagpoles during June, LGBTQ Pride Month, three American diplomats told NBC News.
The U.S. embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia are among those that have requested permission from Trump’s State Department to fly the pride flag on their flagpoles and have been denied, diplomats said.
Although the pride flag can and is being flown elsewhere on embassy grounds, including inside embassies and on exterior walls.”
“The denials to U.S. embassies have come from the office of the State Department’s undersecretary for management, Brian Bulatao, a longtime associate of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who also worked for him at the CIA. Under State Department policy, embassies that want to fly the flag on their flagpoles are expected to obtain permission from Washington.”
“The Trump policy is a noted change from previous pride months under the Obama administration, where the government granted blanket permission for all overseas embassies to fly the rainbow flag.
NBC noted that the State Department denied the request of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. The embassy is led by U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell, the most senior openly gay person in Trump’s administration.
“The President’s recognition of Pride Month and his tweet encouraging our decriminalization campaign gives me even more pride to once again march in the Berlin Pride parade, hang a huge banner on the side of the Embassy recognizing our pride, host multiple events at the Embassy and the residence, and fly the gay pride flag,” Grenell said Friday in a statement to the outlet.”
The president’s tweet:
“As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals…” “on the basis of their sexual orientation. My Administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effort!”
It can be on banners or everywhere else, this is not really a big deal. But you know the LGBTQ groups feel slighted about this. It’s kind of odd though, are we going to start flying just any flag at state buildings now? I get that it is pride month, but banners and flying flags everywhere else seems to be more than enough.