U.S. embassies denied request to fly gay pride flag

June 8, 2019 by Jerry McCormick

The LGBT community is considering a lack of action by the Trump administration to be an outright snub.

Several embassies had requested permission to fly the gay pride flag this month, but the Trump administration denied the request. 

Mixed Messages

June is LGBT Pride Month. When Barack Obama was in office, this meant any office or embassy wanting to fly the gay pride flag was permitted to do so.

The Trump administration changed that policy. Now, before flying additional flags, permission must be sought from the White House to do so.

According to reports, four embassies applied and were denied. Those embassies were located in Germany, Brazil, Israel, and Latvia.

However, even though these embassies were denied, President Trump had sent out a tweet at the beginning of the month celebrating and supporting gay pride.

Detractors of the administration were also quick to point out several policies either passed or in the works by the administration that restrict the rights of members of the LGBT community.

Among those is the administration’s ban on transgenders in the military as well as health care protections for transgenders.

They CAN Still Hang the Flag

While the embassies are not permitted the fly the flag, they can, however, hang the flag. Policy dictates the flag can be hung on the wall, outside a window, or inside an office if someone would like to do so.

Among those taking advantage of that aspect of the policy is U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell, who is openly gay.

Grenell, on Friday stated, “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.”

The White House has not yet commented on why the embassies were declined permission to fly the gay pride flag.

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