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The LGBT flag should soon be banned from American embassies

Photo: Saul Loeb Archives Agence France Presse In this file photo taken on October 08, 2019, LGBT rights protesters gather outside the United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC, as the Court holds oral arguments in three cases involving discrimination in work based on sexual orientation.

France Media Agency in Washington

1:51 p.m.

  • United States

The US Congress is set to ban US embassies from flying the rainbow flag, the standard of the LGBT community, on their flagpoles, a victory for conservatives.

This measure is part of a long-standing cultural battle between Democrats and Republicans.

It was slipped into the budget of the American federal state, a text of more than 1000 pages unveiled by elected officials Thursday morning.

The bill stipulates that only the American Stars and Stripes and official flags can receive funding to fly on the official flagpole of embassies.

Under the presidency of Donald Trump, the head of diplomacy Mike Pompeo ordered that only the American flag fly on the masts of embassies, provoking strong protests from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi, trans).

In power since 2021, Joe Biden has made the defense of sexual minorities a strong axis of his diplomacy. His Secretary of State Antony Blinken not only authorized but encouraged American missions to raise the rainbow flag in June, Pride month.

But the Democratic president should, barring any major surprises, authorize the ban announced Thursday, since it is included in a text which must at all costs be adopted by the end of the week, for budgetary questions.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116