President Donald Trump denied requests by United States embassies to raise rainbow flags on their official flagpoles for the international LGBT Pride Month of June.
However, permission will still be given by the State Department to fly LGBT flags at other locations on embassy grounds.
“The U.S. embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia are among those that have requested permission from Trump's State Department to fly the pride flag on their flagpoles and have been denied, diplomats said,” NBC News reported. “Although the pride flag can and is being flown elsewhere on embassy grounds – including inside embassies and on exterior walls – the decision not to allow it on the official flagpole stands in contrast to President Donald Trump's claim to be a leader in supporting LGBTQ rights overseas.”
Many Democrats and other LGBT rights activists are up in arms over Trump’s denial, especially after former President Barack Obama unapologetically let the LGBT flags fly every year during his two terms in office – going as far as to light up the front façade of White House with LGBT colors during the month.
“The denials are a change from the Obama administration, which granted permission for all U.S. embassies to fly the flag during pride month in June,” NBC News’ Josh Lederman recounted.
Express permission from the White House must be given for embassies to let the rainbows ripple from atop their official flagpoles.
“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,” MSN.com informed. “No approvals have yet been granted.”
The LGBT debate continues …
Despite Trump’s recent decision denying requests for the LGBT flag to fly on embassies’ official flagpoles, many of his conservative supporters are putting pressure on the president to take a biblical stand against LGBTQ lifestyles at every corner – including against celebrating contributions made by those practicing such behavior – while leftists continue to demand more special privileges and rights for the LGBT community.
“President Donald Trump has been accused of discriminating against the LGBT community in the past – most notably over his administration's decision to prohibit transgender individuals from enlisting in the armed forces,” Lederman added. “The president has defended that decision, citing the costs involved with gender transition surgeries and medications.”
He was pressed last week by ex-CNN British journalist Piers Morgan while in the United Kingdom for a three-day visit as to why he does not fully support LGBT privileges across the board.
"If you feel that protective of the LGBT community, why did you feel the need to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military?" Morgan questioned the president, according to The Hill.
Trump used psychological and financial reasons to justify his position.
“[Because transgender people] take massive amounts of drugs,” he explained. "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."
To be accepted into the military, troops must not be on or dependent on a number of medications – such as asthma medications – because of medical conditions … another special privilege the LGBT community demands.
Straddling the fence?
In a departure from his LGBT military stance, Trump appears to be standing on both sides of the fence on the broader issue – sending out a tweet last week celebrating June as LGBT Pride Month.
“As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals …” Trump tweeted May 31.
One U.S. embassy that was eager to fly the multi-colored flag is located in Germany.
“The denial to the U.S. Embassy in Berlin is particularly jarring because the ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, is spearheading an administration push to end the criminalization of homosexuality in roughly 70 countries that still outlaw it …” Lederman noted. “Grenell – the most senior openly gay person in Trump's administration – has secured support for that campaign from both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.”
Grenell took the president’s tweet as encouragement for 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, and fly the gay pride flag," Grenell told NBC News Friday.
U.S. Embassy Spokesman Joseph Giordono-Scholz was asked if the LGBT flag would be flown outside on the embassy’s flagpole just steps from the Brandenburg Gate.
"The pride flag will be on as many places as it can at the Embassy," he evasively told NBC News.
Grenell’s and Giordono-Scholz’s stance on the issue is not too uncommon in Europe, which has taken strides to normalize and celebrate unbiblical sexual lifestyles – in a continent that is considered post-Christian.
“In Germany, pride celebrations continue into the month of July for a European LGBTQ event known as Christopher Street Day that occurs on different days in various parts of Europe,” Lederman informed.
The worldwide LGBT agenda is alive and well on the other side of the globe, as well.
“Numerous embassies are displaying the pride flag this month in other ways, including the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, which put up a large rainbow banner on the side of the building,” Lederman continued. “It's unclear whether other embassies may be flying the flag on their flagpoles without having sought permission from Washington.”