The Pentagon will not make an exception American armies The organization said on Friday that the facility in June will fly the Rainbow Pride flag, retaining a policy established by Donald Trump that limits the types of flags that can be hoisted at the base.
A few days before the announcement, U.S. President Joe Biden stated that nearly 1,500 officials appointed by his federal agencies were identified as lesbian and male in the announcement celebrating the start of Pride Month for the LGBTQ community. Homosexual, bisexual, transgender and queer.
In July 2020, Trump’s Pentagon issued a policy that only authorized the hoisting of certain flags on military installations, and it was deemed that the then Secretary of Defense Mark Esper issued a de facto ban on display A way of the Confederate flag, but did not specifically mention it.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said: “There will be no exceptions for the pride flag this month.”
He said the decision was made because it may open the door to other challenges for the rules set in July.
Kirby added: “This does not reflect a lack of respect or admiration for people (from) the LGBTQ+ community, the uniformed personnel serving in the department.” “We are proud of them.”
A 2015 study by the RAND Corporation found that 5.8% of service personnel were identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual.
On his first day in office, Biden signed an executive order instructing federal agencies to protect LGBTQ people in accordance with all federal laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex.Biden also Lifting the ban on transgender people Enlisted publicly and served in the military.
Biden White House Also revoked by Trump’s then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held the flag of pride, and some US embassies, including India and Australia, were emphasizing their support for LGBTQ people.