Pride flag on military bases still not allowed, Pentagon says
The Pentagon said the decision not to fly the pride flag was based on the potential for “other challenges” if an exception were made on “unofficial flags.”
WASHINGTON – The Pentagon has said it will maintain an existing policy prohibiting “unofficial flags” from flying at U.S. military bases and will make no exception for the rainbow pride flag that represents the LBGTQ community .
June is Pride Month, and Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters in a Friday briefing that Secretary of State Lloyd Austin “is proud to celebrate and honor the commitment and the sacrifice of our uniformed and uniformed LGBTQ personnel “and that” this in no way reflects any disrespect or admiration for the people of the LGBTQ + community, the uniformed and uniformed personnel who serve in this department. “
“Knowing that June was approaching, we wanted to do our due diligence and look at the old policy and see if we thought it was still applicable,” Kirby said.
“After careful consideration, the department will maintain the existing policy from July 2020 regarding the display or depiction of unofficial flags,” he said. “So there will be no exception this month for the pride flag.”
Kirby explained “it was really more about the potential for other challenges that might arise from this exception.”
The move comes despite several efforts by President Joe Biden to advance LGBTQ rights. He signed a one of the most comprehensive decrees in history on LGBTQ + rights during his first day in office. He also signed an order allowing transgender Americans to serve in the military, overturning a ban by the Trump administration.
A 2015 RAND study found that 5.8% of military personnel identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual, Reuters reports.
Earlier this year, Secretary of State Antony Blinken overturned an order made under former Secretary Mike Pompeo and allowed the pride flag to be placed on the same pole as the American flag in his embassies. A group of members of the Republican House introduced the “Old Glory Only Act” which would prohibit any flag other than the American flag from being flown in embassies.