Biden Administration to keep Trump policy on pride flag ban at military bases

The Pentagon and the Biden Administration have announced that they will keep the Trump-era ban on Pride flags being flown at military bases.

Last July, former Defense Secretary Mark Esper instituted a ban on the flying of pride flags over military bases and government agencies, even during pride month. The Defense Department “will maintain the existing policy from July 2020 regarding the display or depiction of unofficial flags,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said Friday at a news briefing. Kirby continued by saying, “there won’t be an exception this month for the Pride flag.” The original ban was not limited to just the pride flag, but rather a wide range of flags as well.

According to Jake Lubbehusen at NBC News, “Esper, a Trump appointee, confirmed the modification in a July 17, 2020, memo that contains guidance on what flags are allowed to be flown. Permitted flags included U.S. state and territory flags, military service flags, the prisoners of war and missing in action flag, and several others.”

Kirby said that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will be participating in pride parades and LGBTQ+ supportive events this week to show support. Despite the decision, Kirby made sure to note that the choice to keep the flag ban “in no way reflects any lack of respect or admiration for people of the LGBTQ+ community, personnel in and out of uniform who serve in this department.”


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