US diplomats have been discovering artistic methods to indicate assist for LGBTQ+ Pleasure month after the White Home banned them from flying the rainbow flag.
Earlier than this 12 months embassies had routinely hoisted the flag – however this 12 months they had been required to hunt approval from the state division, which reportedly refused all requests.
On Tuesday Vice-President Mike Pence mentioned the ban was the “proper choice”.
He mentioned there have been no restrictions on delight flags elsewhere on the buildings.
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The Trump administration has appointed a number of homosexual ambassadors and Mr Trump has made a statement celebrating Pride month.
What’s behind the White Home stance?
“We’re proud to have the ability to serve each American,” Mr Pence informed NBC, however “in the case of the American flagpole, and American embassies, and capitals all over the world, one American flag flies.”
Mr Pence, an evangelical Christian, opposes homosexual marriage and has a historical past of supporting anti-LGBTQ+ laws.
The ban has been backed by outstanding evangelical Trump supporter Franklin Graham, who on Sunday tweeted that the homosexual delight flag was “offensive to Christians and thousands and thousands of individuals of different faiths”.
Earlier this month an unnamed diplomat informed the Washington Submit there was a “class one rebellion” in opposition to the rainbow flag ban.
How have US missions proven assist for Pleasure?
On Thursday the US Embassy in Jerusalem tweeted a photograph of its department workplace in Tel Aviv – previously the embassy earlier than President Trump moved it to Jerusalem – decked out in rainbow colors.
It was amongst at the very least 4 embassies – the others had been Germany, Brazil and Latvia – which had been denied permission to fly the rainbow flag, the Guardian reported.
Regardless of that, the US missions within the South Korean capital Seoul and the Indian metropolis of Chennai hung massive rainbow flags on their facades.
The flag in Seoul was taken down on Sunday, native media reported. An embassy spokesperson informed Yonhap that the flag had been taken down on the conclusion of the Seoul Queer Tradition Competition.
Nevertheless the varied efforts made by US missions to indicate solidarity with LGBTQ+ individuals has not happy everybody.
Norwegian Christian pastor Jan-Aage Torp tweeted an image of the US embassy in Oslo, saying that the rainbow flag dwarfed the Stars and Stripes.
“Is that this okay?” he requested.
Another embassies and ambassadors have additionally expressed assist for LGBTQ+ Pleasure.
The US embassy in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar tweeted a picture of a Pleasure flag on its railings with the Stars and Stripes flying within the background.
Randy Berry, the US ambassador to Nepal, tweeted that he was celebrating Pleasure month and reaffirmed “the US dedication to defending human rights for all”.