Biden allows US embassies around the world to raise the pride flag, overturning the Trump administration’s decision

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The US flag and LGBTQ pride flag in front of the US Embassy in Moscow. Valerie Shariflin / Getty Images

  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken gave the US Embassy a green light with a pride flag.

  • This overturns the Trump administration’s decision to reject the request to raise the flag.

  • The Biden administration does not mandate this, but allows diplomats to make decisions.

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken has allowed the US embassy to raise the pride flag, according to the State Department’s cable. First reported by foreign policy..

Blinken raised the rainbow flag by the day of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17, and gave a green light to US diplomats to continue the exhibition until June’s Pride Month. However, Cable’s top U.S. diplomat also said this was not mandatory and left it to the diplomats to “determine whether such a label was appropriate in the context of the region.” .. By the New York Times, I also checked the cable.

The State Department has confirmed to insiders that the Biden administration has allowed the embassy to raise the pride flag.

“President Biden believes that America’s strength lies in its diversity. The United States is stronger domestically and globally when it is inclusive,” a State Department spokesman told insiders. “Recognizing the different circumstances of each country, US embassies and consulates have made individual plans to raise awareness of violence, human rights abuses and discrimination against LGBTQI + people, including proper-looking exhibits. I will formulate it. “

“If the legation director deems it appropriate, they can raise the pride flag on the outward flagpole under the US flag of US diplomatic facilities abroad,” a spokesman added.

This move overturns the decision from the Trump administration. Rejected request From the US Embassy to fly the pride flag. At that time-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Openly opposed same-sex marriage,Said US flag only It will be displayed on the flagpole of the US Embassy.

Vice President Mike Pence Supported anti-homosexual views And Supported anti-LGBTQ methods,so 2019 NBC News Interview He upheld the Trump administration’s decision to ban embassies from raising the pride flag. “I think it’s the right decision to fly one American flag in the American flag, American embassies, and capitals around the world,” Pence said at the time.

Some embassies, such as the Korean embassy in South Korea, tried to circumvent the Trump administration’s directives by displaying a pride flag on the building instead of a flagpole.However, the Seoul embassy finally lowered the pride flag as the Trump administration lowered the pride flag at the same time. Remove the Black Lives Matter banner It also hangs on the fa├žade of the building.

The Biden administration’s attitude towards the LGBTQ community has changed significantly from its predecessor.

Blinken said at a hearing in January that he promised to defend the rights of LGBTQ people and would allow the US embassy to raise the pride flag.

“We have seen increasing violence against LGBTQI people around the world. I think the number of murders of transgender people, especially colored women, is the highest ever.” Blinken said.. “So I think it’s up to the United States to take on and take on the role that the United States should play in defending and defending the rights of LGBTQI people.”

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