The Biden administration is allowing embassies to fly the LGBT pride flag on the same flagpole as the Stars and Stripes in a reversal of a Trump-era policy.
The facts: Secretary of State Antony Blinken authorized all U.S. diplomatic missions to fly the rainbow flag under the American banner, Foreign Police reported, citing a confidential cable.
- Embassies and consulates are permitted to start on May 17, the “International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia,” through the end of June, “Gay Pride Month,” with the caveat that the gesture be “appropriate in light of local conditions.”
- Former President Donald Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rejected embassies’ petitions to fly Pride flags, although some missions attempted to circumvent the order.
- “I think the United States playing the role that it should be playing in standing up for and defending the rights of LGBTQI people is something that the Department is going to take on and take on immediately,” Blinken said during his January confirmation hearings.
Woke White House: President Joe Biden’s detractors accuse him of embracing radically partisan policies — including passing an economic stimulus that outspent the New Deal and establishing a commission on packing the Supreme Court — and taking divisive “woke” stances after campaigning on a promise of national unity.
- In a recent move, border enforcement agencies were banned from using the terms “illegal alien” and “assimilation” by administration officials.