U.S. missions overseas can once again fly the LGBT Pride flag on their official flagpoles, according to an internal State Department cable obtained Friday by ABC News.
The policy, announced by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, repeals his predecessor Mike Pompeo’s effective ban on Pride flags or others from flying at U.S. embassies and consulates.
Posts are given “blanket written authorization … to display the Pride flag on the external-facing flagpole, for the duration of the 2021 Pride season,” said the cable, which was first reported by Foreign Policy magazine. “This is an authorization, not a requirement.”
The cable was sent this week — more than a month before Pride is celebrated in June — because it also lays out policy for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia on May 17, encouraging U.S. missions to develop policy and events for IDAHOT and Pride month.
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SOURCE: ABC News, Conor Finnegan