The Trump Administration has denied requests from four U.S. embassies seeking to fly the rainbow pride flag during June.
The American embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia were denied the ability to fly the rainbow flag on the flag pole but were allowed to hang it on exterior and interior walls, according to an article in The Hill.
“Embassies are expected to obtain permission from Washington to fly the flag, according to the agency's policy. But U.S. diplomats said they were expressly told this year that requests must be specifically approved. No approvals have yet been granted,” reported The Hill.
Despite this move to limit the display of the rainbow flag, U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell, the most senior ranking openly gay member of the Trump Administration, applauded the work President Donald Trump is pursuing to further the rights of the LGBT community.
"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,” Grenell said in a statement.
However, Trump has taken actions that contradict his efforts to reduce discrimination against the LGBT community by implementing targeted policies, such as the ban on transgender individuals from serving in the military. Trump claims that drug use is the rationale behind the ban.
“They have to ... and you’re not allowed to take drugs. You’re not allowed to take any drugs. You take an aspirin. And they have to after the operation. They have to. They have no choice. They have to,” Trump said.
Limiting the ability to fly the rainbow flag at U.S. embassies across the world is the latest action against the LGBT community from the Trump Administration and directly contradicts the administration’s efforts to decriminalize homosexuality.