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U.S. embassies can't fly Pride flags on flagpoles despite Trump's call to "stand in solidarity" with LGBT people

Ambassador Randy Berry
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Ambassador Randy Berry

In order for U.S. embassies to fly rainbow flags on official flagpoles to celebrate Pride month, they must get approval from the White House. That permission was denied according to The Advocate, but the embassies found a way to do it anyway. 

The Under Secretary of State for Management Brian Bulatao issued the denials saying that the flags can be displayed but only on the building's interior or on its outside walls. 

Embassies in South KoreaChina and Nepal have continued to display their flags in support of Pride month.

Randy Berry, the U.S. ambassador to Nepal tweeted on May 31: “Today, along with the U.S. Mission in Nepal community, I join people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Intersex #PrideMonth, and reaffirm the U.S. commitment to defending human rights for all."

And in Chennai and China the flag is arranged over three stories on the outside of the embassy. 

Openly gay U.S. Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, was also denied a request.

But Grenell says he is happy to hang the flag outside the building instead of on a flag pole. 

He told NBC News."The President's recognition of Pride Month and his tweet encouraging our decriminalization campaign gives me even more pride to once again march in the Berlin Pride parade, hang a huge banner on the side of the Embassy recognizing our pride, host multiple events at the Embassy and the residence, and fly the gay pride flag."

But some have deemed the edict contradictory to what the president said last month. 

"As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals," he tweeted on May 31. "On the basis of their sexual orientation. My Administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effort!"