US Embassies Find Clever Way to Get Around Trump Gay Pride Flag Ban
June is LGBTQ Pride Month and there are parties, celebrations and marches going on all over the world. A number of US Embassies requested permission to fly the rainbow pride flag in recognition of the monthly celebration.
The Trump administration, however, denied this request from countries like Latvia, Germany, Israel and Brazil. Pride flags had commonly been flown at embassies under the Obama administration. According to the Washington Post, any embassies have found ways to cleverly get around the denial.
On the eve of June, the president tweeted out a message in support of pride month. He wrote, “As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals on the basis of sexual orientation.”
As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2019
Regardless, the requests to officially display the flag were denied. The German Embassy decided to display the flag on the side of the building. Ambassador, Richard Grennell says, “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,”
The Brazilian Embassy also got creative. According to the Post, “In Brasilia, for example, the statement [Trump’s tweet] is topped by a photo of two hands holding five Play-Doh letters in rainbow colors: L-G-B-T-Q.”