US military bases will not be allowed to fly rainbow Pride flags in June, the Pentagon has announced.
Speaking in a press conference, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said there wouldn’t be an “exception” made against a rule that prohibits certain flags for the Pride symbol. He said:
“After some careful consideration the department will maintain the existing policy from July 2020 regarding the display or depiction of unofficial flags so there won’t be an exception made this month for the Pride flag.
“This is no way reflects any lack of respect or admiration for people that [are from] the LGBTQ+ community, the personnel in and out of uniform who serve in this department. We are proud of them.”
The existing policy Kirby was referring to was made by the Trump administration in July 2020. As of then, only certain flags have been allowed on military installations and the decision was made in part to ban the Confederate flag without mentioning it specifically.
Kirby said allowing the Pride flag could reopen debates about other flags in the future.
In April the Biden White House reversed an order issued by Trump’s then-secretary of state Mike Pompeo on flying the pride flag and some US embassies, including in India and Australia, putting the US Pentagon at odds with other policy.