Gizzi: Flap About Gay Pride Flag At Embassies Hurts GOP

Larry Hoffman
June 11, 2019

The Trump administration has reportedly rejected requests from US embassies to fly the rainbow pride flag on embassy flagpoles during LGBT Pride month - an apparent reversal of a practice during the Obama administration.

At the US Embassy in Berlin, which was one of the locations denied permission this year, flying the rainbow flag in the month of June had previously been simply "a routine thing that happens every year", one source said.

This refusal to allow the pride flag to fly comes just on the heels of Trump's ridiculous tweet asking Americans to "stand in solidarity" with LGBTQ people overseas, and touting his administration's campaign to decriminalize homosexuality around the world.

At some level of the Obama administration, the manager granted blanket permission to embassies in another nation to soar the pride flag throughout June.

The outlet reported that the flag can and is being flown internal embassies and on exterior walls.

As a result, embassies and consulates could mark both events however they wished, but it still required them to reach out to Washington for approval for the flag to be raised on the flagpole.

The embassy in New Delhi, meanwhile, has been lit up in rainbow lights, as seen on its Twitter account, and pictured below.

The Trump administration has yet to comment.

The denial to the U.S. Embassy in Berlin is incredibly jarring since the ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, is spearheading an administration push to cease the criminalization of homosexuality in roughly 70 nations that peaceable outlaw it, as NBC Data first reported in February. A spokesman for the German embassy added, "the pride flag will be on as many places as it can at the Embassy".

Rather a form of embassies are exhibiting the pride flag this month in numerous ways, including the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, which build up a mammoth rainbow banner on the side of the building.

The rainbow flag is a symbol of the LGBT social movement and is widely displayed during Pride month.

The flying of Pride flags at US embassies has become common as a sign of USA solidarity with the LGBT community overseas.

But the official State Department policy was changed a year ago by Mike Pompeo, a practicing Christian who became secretary of state last April.

Trump's public declarations of make stronger for LGBTQ rights were sharply criticized by rights groups who advise his sage since going down of work tells a completely different yarn.

Ty Cobb, director of HRC Global at the Human Rights Campaign, slammed Trump in a statement for recognizing Pride, but refusing to allow Pride flags at US embassies within the course of one week.

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