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Diplomatic Buildings Display LGBT Symbols for Pride, Defying Anti-Equality Trump Policy

HeadlineJun 10, 2019

As events and celebrations marking Pride Month take place around the country, U.S. embassies are defying a Trump administration policy barring the hoisting of LGBTQ rainbow flags outside of official buildings. Large rainbow flags have been draped across U.S. missions in Seoul, Korea, and Chennai, India, while the New Delhi Embassy is lit with rainbow-colored lights. Requests to hoist the rainbow flag have been routinely approved over recent years, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo changed the rules last year, requiring embassies to obtain top-level approval—which the State Department has been rejecting. A diplomat referred to the move as “a category one insurrection.”

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