The decision upholds Trump’s policy of also effectively banning Confederate flags at U.S. military installations.
The Pentagon said Friday it would make no exception to allow it US military installations launch rainbow pride flags in June, in accordance with the policy established by former President Donald Trump that limited the type of flags that could be made on bases.
Earlier this week, President Joe Biden said about 1,500 people designated by his federal agencies identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer, in a proclamation marking the start of the month of the pride that the LGBTQ community celebrates.
In July 2020, the Trump Pentagon issued an authorization policy only a few flags at military installations and was seen as a way for then-Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to issue a de facto ban on displaying the Confederate flag without specifically mentioning it.
“There will be no exception this month for the flag of pride“Said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.
He said the decision was made because an exception could open the door to other challenges to the rule set last July.
“This does not reflect in any way any lack of respect or admiration for people [from] the LGBTQ + the community, the staff with and without uniforms serving in this department, “Kirby added.” We are proud of them. “
A 2015 RAND study found that 5.8 percent of service members identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual.
His first day in office, Biden signed an executive order to direct federal agencies to protect LGBTQ people under all federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of sex. Biden also reversed the ban on transgender people from enlisting openly and serving in the military.
Biden’s White House also reversed an order issued by then-TrumpSecretary of State Mike Pompeo on the pride flag and some U.S. embassies, including India and Australia, highlight their support for LGBTQ people.