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Reports: US embassies denied permission to fly rainbow pride flags on flagpoles

A U.S. airman holds a rainbow flag for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month during a June 12, 2014, event at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.

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By DAVE GOLDINER | New York Daily News | Published: June 8, 2019

Trump bans rainbow flag from U.S. embassy poles during Pride month

(Tribune News Service) — The Trump administration has reportedly ordered U.S. embassies to avoid flying the rainbow flag on their main flagpoles during Pride month.

A senior aide to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ordered the blanket denial of requests from embassies to fly the flag, NBC News reported.

Embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia are among those that have been specifically denied permission, diplomats told the network.

The move appeared to undercut claims by Richard Grenell, Trump's openly gay envoy to Germany, that Trump was fully behind his effort to show solidarity with LGBT people and back a campaign to end criminalization of homosexuality in some 75 nations.

"The president's recognition of Pride Month and his tweet encouraging our decriminalization campaign gives me even more pride ... fly the gay pride flag," Grenell told NBC on Friday.

Embassies are permitted to fly gay pride flags inside buildings and to hang them on exterior walls.

Permission must be sought and granted for all requests for special flags to be flown on the main flagpoles at embassies. President Obama issued blanket approval for the rainbow flag, but Trump has changed the policy.

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