Published: Tue, June 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump admin bans rainbow flags above U.S. embassies, reverses Obama policy

Trump admin bans rainbow flags above U.S. embassies, reverses Obama policy

The Trump administration is rejecting requests from US embassies to fly the rainbow pride flag on embassy flagpoles during June, LGBTQ Pride Month, three American diplomats told NBC News.

According to NBC News, U.S. embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil, and Latvia have all been denied permission from Washington fly the pride flag this month.

Although the pride flag can and is being flown in numerous locations on embassy grounds, including inside of embassies and on exterior partitions, the choice now now not to permit it on the authentic flagpole stands unlike President Donald Trump's claim to be a trot-setter in supporting LGBTQ rights in a foreign country.

The describe comes simply over a week since President Trump tweeted his enjoy recognition of Satisfaction month and famend that the administration has launched a marketing campaign to decriminalize homosexuality worldwide.

Under the Obama administration, all USA embassies received permission to hoist rainbow flags during the month-long celebration.

The display of Pride flags at US embassies has been a source of ire for social conservatives.

The denial of the request from the U.S. Embassy in Berlin is particularly significant, given that the U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, is not only openly gay, but has been the person tapped to lead the administration's decriminalization campaign. The US embassy in New Delhi, India lit up with rainbow coloured lights, based entirely on a banner photo on the embassy's official Twitter net page. Though the President recently paid some lip service tweets about celebrating Pride, his administration has been callously and cruelly rolling back protections for the LGBTQ community.

"The president's recognition of Satisfaction Month and his tweet encouraging our decriminalization marketing campaign affords me a long way more pride to all over all as soon as more march within the Berlin Satisfaction parade, hang a enormous banner on the facet of the Embassy recognizing our pride, host a pair of occasions on the Embassy and the predicament, and waft the elated pride flag", Grenell informed NBC News.

A amount of embassies are showing the pride flag this month in completely different ways, alongside with the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, which effect up a mammoth rainbow banner on the side of the building.

The Command Division didn't reply to a ask for suppose from Fox News. And the website of the U.S. Embassy in Vienna featured a photo of the Pride flag hanging below the American flag from International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in May. Or no longer it's unclear whether or no longer completely different embassies might most definitely be flying the flag on their flagpoles with out having sought permission from Washington.

Restful, activists and supporters of LGBTQ rights had been adamantly towards Trump's coverage decisions.

Despite the policy change, President Donald Trump became the first USA president to recognize "Pride Month" with an official statement.

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