Pentagon will not allow pride flags to fly over U.S. military installations
The Pentagon said on Friday it would make no exceptions to allow U.S. military installations to fly rainbow pride flags in June, maintaining a policy set out by former President Donald Trump that limited the type of flags that can be displayed on the bases.
Earlier this week, President Joe Biden said nearly 1,500 people appointed by his federal agency identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer, in a proclamation marking the start of Pride Month celebrating the community. LGBTQ.
In July 2020, Trump’s Pentagon issued a policy allowing only certain flags on military installations and was seen as a way for then Defense Secretary Mark Esper to de facto ban the display of the Confederate flag without specifically mentioning it.
“There will be no exception this month for the pride flag,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.
He said the decision was made because it could open the door to further challenges to the rule put in place in July.
“This in no way reflects a lack of respect or admiration for people (from) the LGBTQ + community, uniformed and non-uniformed personnel who serve in this department,” Kelly added. “We are proud of them.”
A 2015 RAND study found that 5.8% of military personnel identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual.
On the first day of his tenure, Biden signed an executive order directing federal agencies to protect LGBTQ people under all federal laws prohibiting discrimination based on sex. Biden also overturned the ban on transgender people enlisting and openly serving in the military.
The White House Biden also rescinded an order issued by then Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on waving the pride flag and some US embassies, notably in India and Australia, point out their support for LGBTQ people.