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Trump Administration Refuses to Let Embassies Fly Pride Flag

Trump Administration Refuses to Let Embassies Fly Pride Flag

Trump Administration Refuses to Let Embassies Fly Pride Flag

Shocker.

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Nothing says Pride Month quite like um, not wanting to acknowledge Pride!

Trump’s administration has reportedly refused to allow U.S. embassies to fly the rainbow flag in celebration of Pride this month. According to NBC News, three American diplomats said that requests to fly flags in Israel, Germany, Brazil, and Latvia were outright denied by the office of the State Department.

Previously, under Obama, embassies were allowed to fly the flag at their discretion during June. Now specific permission is required, though NBC reports no embassies have been granted that permission.

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. (Yes, the one he knew nothing about.)

 

 

While Trump has been criticized in the past for failing to acknowledge Pride month at all during the past two years of his presidency, some people are finding the hypocrisy of claiming to be an ally while actively working against the LGBTQ community even more hard to stomach.

“New York was honored to raise the LGBTQ flag over the State Capitol earlier this week for the first time in history,” Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York said. “We proudly stand with the LGBTQ community, during Pride month and always, even if the Trump administration does not.”

The rainbow flag can reportedly still be displayed elsewhere around the embassies, just not where it belongs — on an actual flagpole.

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Rachel Kiley

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.