The United States Pentagon has decided to keep in effect a ban on the flying of flags at US Military installations, this ban includes the LGBTQ rainbow flag. The policy set by the disgraced, twice-impeached, one-term former President Trump limits the types of flags flown on bases. The Guardian reported
“In July 2020, Trump’s Pentagon issued a policy authorizing only certain flags on military installations and was seen as a way for then-defense secretary Mark Esper to issue a de facto ban on displaying the Confederate flag without it being mentioned specifically.”
LGBTQ activists were hoping for the Pentagon to make an exception this month in honor of Pride, but the Pentagon will not grant that exception. Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby told reporters,
“After some careful consideration, the department will maintain the existing policy from July of 2020 regarding the display or depiction of unofficial flags. There won’t be an exception made this month for the Pride flag.”
Kirby also wanted the public to know that
“no way reflects any lack of respect or admiration for people [from] the LGBTQ+ community, the personnel in and out of uniform who serve in this department. We are proud of them.”
However, The White House did recently allow Pride flags to once again be flown at certain diplomatic embassies. In April Secretary of State Anthony Blinked reversed the ban enacted by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The Pentagon did not give further information about lifting the flag flying ban in the future.