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WorldTrump admin tells U.S. embassies they can't fly pride flag on flagpoles

22:20  07 june  2019
22:20  07 june  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

For the first time ever, Wisconsin is flying the rainbow pride flag over its Capitol building

For the first time ever, Wisconsin is flying the rainbow pride flag over its Capitol building Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued an executive order Friday stating that the pride flag will be flown over the State Capitol Building for the rest of June, coinciding with Pride month world-wide. The order came the same week that New York's state government also raised the rainbow flag over its Capitol for the first time. The Wisconsin order also allows any state building to follow suit.

The rainbow pride flag is flying inside embassies and on exterior walls, but has not been approved for the official embassy flagpoles . The administration is rejecting requests from U . S . embassies to fly the rainbow flag on flagpoles during June, LGBTQ Pride Month, say 3 U . S . diplomats.

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is rejecting requests from U . S . embassies to fly the rainbow pride flag on embassy flagpoles during June, LGBT Pride Month, three American diplomats tell NBC News. The U . S . embassies in Israel, Germany

Trump admin tells U.S. embassies they can't fly pride flag on flagpoles© Mark Lennihan Image: The rainbow flag flies beneath the American flag

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is rejecting requests from U.S. embassies to fly the rainbow pride flag on embassy flagpoles during June, LGBT Pride Month, three American diplomats tell NBC News.

The U.S. embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia are among those that have requested permission from Trump's State Department to fly the pride flag on their flagpoles and have been denied, diplomats said.

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Although the pride flag can and is being flown elsewhere on embassy grounds, including inside embassies and on exterior walls, the decision not to allow it on the official flagpole stands in contrast to President Donald Trump ' s claim to be a leader in supporting LGBT rights overseas.

Although the pride flag can and is being flown elsewhere on embassy grounds, including inside embassies and on exterior walls, the decision not to allow it on the official flagpole stands in contrast to President Donald Trump ' s claim to be a leader in supporting LGBTQ rights overseas.

Although the pride flag can and is being flown elsewhere on embassy grounds, including inside embassies and on exterior walls, the decision not to allow it on the official flagpole stands in contrast to President Donald Trump's claim to be a leader in supporting LGBT rights overseas. Trump's administration has announced a campaign to decriminalize homosexuality overseas and this month issued a tweet and formal statement to "celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made."

The denials to U.S. embassies have come from the office of the State Department's under secretary for management, Brian Bulatao, a longtime associate of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who also worked for him at the CIA. Under State Department policy, embassies that want to fly the flag on their flagpoles are expected to obtain permission from Washington.

'One American flag flies': Pence defends barring pride flags on U.S. embassy flagpoles

'One American flag flies': Pence defends barring pride flags on U.S. embassy flagpoles Vice President Mike Pence voiced support Monday for the Trump administration's move to prohibit U.S. embassies from flying the rainbow pride flag on their flagpoles during LGBTQ Pride Month, telling NBC News that "it's the right decision." In an interview with White House correspondent Kristen Welker, Pence confirmed an exclusive report from NBC News that said the U.S. Department of State had rejected requests from at least four U.S. embassies to fly the flag during June. Pence said he was aware the State Department had said the American flag was the only flag that should fly on the flagpoles, and he added, "I support that.

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is rejecting requests from U . S . embassies to fly the rainbow pride flag on embassy flagpoles during June, LGBTQ Pride Month, three American diplomats told NBC News. The U . S . embassies in Israel, Germany

NBC News exclusive: The Trump administration is rejecting requests from U . S . embassies to fly the rainbow pride flag on embassy flagpoles during June, LGBT

During the Obama administration, the government granted blanket permission to embassies overseas to fly the pride flag during June. This year, U.S. diplomats said, embassies were told they can display the pride flag other places, including inside embassies, but that requests to fly it on the flagpole must be specifically approved. No approvals have been granted.

The denial to the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany, is particularly jarring because the U.S. ambassador there, Richard Grenell, is spearheading an administration push to end the criminalization of homosexuality in roughly 70 countries that still outlaw it, as NBC News first reported in February. Grenell, the most senior openly gay person in Trump's administration, has secured support for that campaign from both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

"The President's recognition of Pride Month and his tweet encouraging our decriminalization campaign gives me even more pride to once again march in the Berlin Pride parade, hang a huge banner on the side of the Embassy recognizing our pride, host multiple events at the Embassy and the residence, and fly the gay pride flag," Grenell said Friday in a statement to NBC News.

How Trump is abandoning LGBTQ people over pride flags

How Trump is abandoning LGBTQ people over pride flags This month, US embassies around the world received instructions not to raise a rainbow flag on public-facing flagpoles. This is an example of Trump doing what he thinks is best for him politically, regardless of the consequences for other people or for the country, writes Frida Ghitis

Although the pride flag can and is being flown elsewhere on embassy grounds, including inside embassies and on exterior walls, the decision not to allow it on the official flagpole stands in contrast to President Donald Trump ' s claim to be a leader in supporting LGBTQ rights overseas.

Trump admin tells U . S . embassies no rainbow pride flag on flagpoles . Vice President Mike Pence voiced support Monday for the Trump administration ' s move to prohibit U . S . embassies from flying the rainbow pride flag on their flagpoles during LGBTQ Pride Month, telling NBC News that "it' s the

Asked specifically whether the embassy will fly the flag on its flagpole outside the building, just steps from the iconic Brandenburg Gate, embassy spokesman Joseph Giordono-Scholz said only: "The pride flag will be on as many places as it can at the Embassy."

In Germany, pride celebrations continue into the month of July for a European LGBT event known as Christopher Street Day that occurs on different days in various parts of Europe.

Numerous embassies are displaying the pride flag this month in other ways, including the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, which put up a large rainbow banner on the side of the building. It's unclear whether other embassies may be flying the flag on their flagpoles without having sought permission from Washington.

One Flag Is Enough

One Flag Is Enough Where sovereign U.S. diplomatic outposts are concerned, the only flag that should be flown is the one with the 50 stars and 13 stripes. The Trump administration itself observes Pride Month, and Pence insisted that “we’re proud to be able to serve every American.” But: “The State Department indicated that on the flagpole of our American embassies that one flag should fly, and that’s the American flag, and I support that.” Not exactly Savanarola, there. But, of course, there is outrage, and the outrage is directed at Pence, because that is what he is there for.

Although the pride flag can and is being flown elsewhere on embassy grounds, including inside embassies and on exterior walls, the decision not to allow it on the official flagpole stands in contrast to President Donald Trump ’ s claim to be a leader in supporting LGBTQ rights overseas.

Should embassies be allowed to fly the Pride Flag on flagpoles ? The State Department has rejected requests from American embassies around the world to fly the rainbow pride flag for the month of June — officially recognized as LGBT Pride Month, according to 3 American diplomats who

The State Department in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment, nor did the U.S. embassies in Jerusalem and Brasilia. The U.S. Embassy in Riga, Latvia, referred questions about the flag to the State Department.

The denials by Washington have alarmed U.S. diplomats serving around the world who are LGBT, with several raising the issue this week in a private group chat for members of Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies, known as GLIFAA, several of the group's members tell NBC News. The board of GLIFAA did not respond to a request for comment.

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That being said, the Trump administration has only barred the pride flag for being placed on the flagpole alongside the U . S . flag , not on embassy grounds. Openly gay ambassador Richard Grenell of Germany told NBC News in a statement that the rainbow flag will be present in the Berlin Embassy .

Although the pride flag can and is being flown elsewhere on embassy grounds, including inside embassies and on exterior walls, the decision not to allow it on the official flagpole stands in contrast to President Donald Trump ' s claim to be a leader in supporting LGBT rights overseas.

Trump's public declarations of support for LGBT rights have been sharply criticized by rights groups who say his record since taking office tells a different story.

Earlier this month, a Trump administration rule took effect barring transgender people who have undergone a gender transition or been diagnosed with gender dysphoria from enlisting in the U.S. military. In the U.K. earlier this week, Trump defended that policy by saying that transgender people "take massive amounts of drugs," apparently referring to hormones.

His administration has also rolled back Obama administration rules designed to prevent health care discrimination against transgender people. And human rights groups have expressed concern that a new Commission on Unalienable Rights announced by the State Department this month to guide U.S. human rights policy, which emphasizes "our nation's founding principles of natural law and natural rights," is designed to de-emphasize efforts to protect LGBT people and woman.

The news comes as pride celebrations are set to take place in Washington over the weekend, with WorldPride taking place in the U.S. for the first time this year, throughout June in New York.

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