Trump administration bans flying of Pride flags at U.S. Embassies

Pride Flags banned from U.S. Embassies by U.S. State Department in a departure from Obama administration’s universal support of Pride flags.

american flag and pride flag flying on flag poles

U.S. Embassies in Germany, Israel, Brazil, and Latvia were all denied permission from the U.S. State Department under the Trump administration to fly the rainbow pride flag on their flagpoles.

The decision from the State Department shows a departure from the Obama administration’s blanket support of Pride flags which allowed embassies to fly the LGBT+ flag in previous years.

In response, embassies will be flying banners and flags on the front of their buildings and on the grounds of their embassy, which is allowed without permission. Special permission is only required to fly flags on flagpoles.

Some will also outright ignore the decision from the state department.

This news comes after Donald Trump recently tweeted in support of Pride month.

It is no question that this move from the administration has some questioning the extent to which Donald Trump actually supports LGBT+ rights and freedoms around the world. LGBT+ media organization GLAAD took to Twitter to question the integrity of the president’s words:

Regardless of actions from the state department, U.S. embassies are taking extra steps to ensure that their support of Pride and LGBT+ people globally is made clear.

In Nepal, ambassador Randy Berry tweeted a photo which included balloons that spelled out ‘PRIDE 19’ and depicted embassy staff dressed in all colours of the rainbow.

US officials in Chennai created a video of themselves raising the pride flag on their building.

The US Embassy in India has chosen to creatively display Pride colors by shining them on the walls of the embassy.

The US Embassy in Seoul has also chosen to fly a pride flag this June.

The move from the Trump Administration has the world questioning its support of pride and LGBT+ people, specifically the administration’s campaign to end the criminalization of homosexuality around the world, but embassies have taken it upon themselves to protest the decision and spread pride around the world through various outlets. 

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