Trump Admin Won’t Allow Embassies to Fly Pride Flags Anymore

Itís become a tradition over the past decade for some U.S. embassies to fly rainbow pride flags for the month of June, but the Trump White House has decided to put a stop to that LGBTQ shout-out. According to NBC News, diplomats representing multiple nations have confirmed that the State Department has rejected requests to let these flags go on display this year.

Petition: Let embassies fly pride flags again!

Policy currently stipulates that in order to fly another flag on the official embassy pole (always below the American flag and smaller in size than the red, white and blue,) the State Department must approve. Previously, the Obama administration sent out a message informing all embassies that they were permitted to display a pride flag.

Although that policy held up in the first couple years of the Trump administration, current State Department Undersecretary Brian Bulatao has started denying these requests for the first time in 2019. Itís not an accident to reverse course on something like this – itís a choice.

Latvia, Brazil, Israel and Germany are among the embassies to be told to keep the pride flag off the pole, with Germany perhaps being the most shocking snub. Thatís because the U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, is the highest-ranking openly LGBT person in the entire administration, and heís currently working on a global initiative to end the criminalization of homosexuality.

Itís hard to ignore the weird mixed message given that the president recently sent a tweet ahead of June to ďcelebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our nation.Ē Incidentally, Trump is the first Republican president to recognize pride month ever.

However, Trump has also spent his time in office attacking the LGBTQ community in various ways: nominating a ton of anti-gay judges to federal courts, defending discrimination against gay people in court and banning trans people from serving in the U.S. military. This flag decision may be more in line with Trumpís actions than his hollow words.

As the Washington Post reports, U.S. embassies around the world have started finding creative ways to get around the White Houseís new flag rule rather than not acknowledging pride altogether. The pride flag may not get to be on the same pole as the American flag, but there are no rules saying that it cannot be displayed in other places like walls.

Still, the symbolism of suddenly disallowing rainbow pride flags on the usual flagpoles is hard to ignore. Flags themselves are symbols, after all. With all of the progress the LGBTQ community has made in this country and abroad, thereís no need to backtrack on this issue.

Take Action!

For that reason, the Care2 community is signing a new petition asking Bulatao to resume the approval of pride flags. Embassies should have the option of vocalizing support of LGBTQ people and not stifled by the homophobia by many within this presidential administration.

39 comments

Mark T
Mark Turner10 days ago

Ty.

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Maria P
Maria P10 days ago

thanks

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Steven W
Steven W10 days ago

Thank you.

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Tanya W
Tanya W10 days ago

Petition signed

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Tanya W
Tanya W10 days ago

Noted

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Sophie L
Sophie L10 days ago

Signed

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Paul Carter
Paul Carter10 days ago

To paraphrase the Bard "methinks the bigots do protest too much". In other words those people that are most anti-LGBTQ+ are most afraid they may have those tendencies themselves.

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Debbi W
Debbi W10 days ago

Petition already signed. I'm so glad that not all embassies followed that order. trump's bigotry is out of hand. People need to think before following trump's twisted edicts.

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Anne M
Anne M11 days ago

Man alive,,, it's only a flag,, what's the big deal ?? - chump has soooo much on his plate,, but he still has time to stick it to the LGBT community... - He's such a friggin' bigot...

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David C
David C11 days ago

only losers would not be willing to fly a rainbow flag

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