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U.S. Embassies LGBTQ Pride Flag Ban

By Charlotte Robinson, March 25, 2024

When President Biden signed the huge government funding package last Saturday it included a provision banning the flying of LGBTQ Pride flags over U.S. Embassies. Though the White House immediately pledged to work towards repealing the provision how did this discriminatory measure slip through the Congress & Senate without our LGBTQ community's knowledge? The Biden administration had granted embassies a “blanket authorization” to fly LGBTQ flags in April 2021 which overturned the previous administration’s policy that only U.S. flags were permitted on official flagpoles. Now it appears that Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson reportedly used the Pride flag ban to secure votes for the bill in his chamber. This is such totally outrageous homophobic behavior by the House Speaker & serves as a wake-up call to our LGBTQ community that once again we’re being signaled out & that our rights are being used as a bargaining chip in American politics. In response to this disheartening measure the White House stated, “Biden believes it was inappropriate to abuse the process essential for keeping the government open by including this policy targeting LGBTQI+ Americans. It will have no impact on the ability of members of the LGBTQI+ community to serve openly in our embassies or to celebrate Pride.” While the ban restricts the flying of Pride flags over U.S. Embassies it doesn’t prohibit rainbow flags from being displayed elsewhere on embassy grounds or inside offices. Note that the administration also claims it was successful in preventing over 50 other policy riders targeting our LGBTQ community that Congressional Republicans attempted to insert into the legislation.

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