Choice maintains Trump coverage that additionally successfully bans Accomplice flags at US army installations.
The Pentagon stated on Friday that it might not make an exception to permit US army installations to fly rainbow pleasure flags in June, in line with a coverage set by former President Donald Trump that restricted the kind of flags that may very well be flown on bases.
Earlier this week, President Joe Biden stated that just about 1,500 of his federal company appointees establish as lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender and queer, in a proclamation marking the beginning of Satisfaction Month celebrating the LGBTQ neighborhood.
In July 2020, Trump’s Pentagon issued a coverage authorising solely sure flags on army installations and was seen as a means for then-Protection Secretary Mark Esper to concern a de facto ban on displaying the Accomplice flag with out particularly mentioning it.
“There received’t be an exception made this month for the pleasure flag,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby stated.
He stated that the choice was made as a result of an exception may open the door for different challenges to the rule set in place final July.
“This under no circumstances displays any lack of respect or admiration for folks [from] the LGBTQ+ neighborhood, the personnel out and in of uniform who serve on this division,” Kirby added. “We’re happy with them.”
A 2015 RAND research discovered that 5.8 p.c of service members recognized as both lesbian, homosexual or bisexual.
On his first day in workplace, Biden signed an govt order directing federal companies to guard LGBTQ folks underneath all federal legal guidelines that prohibit discrimination primarily based on intercourse. Biden additionally reversed a ban on transgender folks brazenly enlisting and serving within the army.
The Biden White Home additionally reversed an order issued by Trump’s then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on flying the pleasure flag and a few US embassies, together with in India and Australia, are highlighting their assist for LGBTQ folks.