The decision follows Trump’s policy of effectively banning Confederate flags at US military bases.
The Pentagon said on Friday it would not make an exception US military installations to fly rainbow flags in June, following a policy set by former President Donald Trump that restricted the types of flags that could be flown at groundbreaking grounds.
Earlier this week, President Biden announced that nearly 1,500 of his federal agency’s nominees were identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, in a statement marking the beginning of a month of pride for the LGBTQ community.
In July 2020, the Trump Pentagon issued an authorizing policy only certain flags on military installations և was seen as a de facto ban by the then Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on displaying the Confederate flag without any special mention of it.
“There will be no exception for this month flag of pride“Pentagon spokesman John von Kirby said:
He said the decision was made because the exception could open the door to other challenges to the law that took effect last July.
“It does not in any way reflect a lack of respect or admiration for people [from] that: LGBTQ + the community, beyond the uniform, the staff who serve in this department, ”Kirby added. “We are proud of them.”
A 2015 RAND survey found that 5.8 percent of service members were either lesbian, gay, or bisexual.
On his first day in office, Biden signed an executive order directing federal agencies to to protect LGBTQ people under all federal laws prohibiting gender-based discrimination. Biden also abolished the open conscription and service of transgender people.
Biden’s White House also recalled Trump at the timeSecretary of State Mike Pompeo Some US embassies, including those in India and Australia, show their support for LGBTQ people by waving the flag of pride.