NBC News is reporting that the Trump administration is rejecting requests from US embassies to fly the rainbow flag on flagpoles during Pride Month.
According to three American diplomats that spoke with NBC, embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil, and Latvia are just some of the embassies whose request to fly the Pride flag from the flagpoles was denied by Trump’s State Department. While they are allowed to fly the Pride flag anywhere else, they cannot be raised up on the flagpole.
The decision is in contrast to the Trump administration’s recent push to decriminalize homosexuality in dozens of countries around the world. The fact that the request of the embassy in Germany was rejected is also ironic, especially since the ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, is the one leading the campaign to decriminalize homosexuality.
This rejection was not addressed in the statement Grenell released to NBC. His statement reads: “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.”
Despite Donald Trump’s recent tweet that called attention to his administration’s global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality, his regime has actually tried to advance a number of policies that have not been best for the LGBTQ community.
For instance, the Supreme Court that he has stacked with conservative judges is now deciding whether firing people for being gay is legal. The Supreme Court has taken up three cases related to LGBTQ employment discrimination, and any decision made could set in stone whether firing someone based on their gender identity and sexual orientation is legal or not.
The Republican-controlled Senate will also probably kill the Equality Act that the House of Representatives passed by a vote of 236-173. A spokesperson for Senate Majority Floor Leader Mitch McConnell has already told Buzzfeed News that there are “no scheduling announcements regarding Senate action.”