Friday, April 23, 2021

US embassies can fly the Pride flag

President Joe Biden's Administration allowed US embassies around the world to fly the gay Pride flag on the same flagpole as the American flag, reversing a Trump-era policy.

In 2019, then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blocked embassy requests to fly the symbol of support for LBGT people on the same pole as the Stars and Stripes. But now Biden's Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has given approval to fly the flag at diplomatic outposts around the world.

Embassies are required to get permission from the State Department when flying anything besides the American flag on their main flagpoles. The chiefs of mission who run the embassies and consulates can choose whether to fly the Pride flag or showcase other symbols of support for LGBT rights based on what is 'appropriate in light of local conditions.'

Welcome to Biden-era!!!

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