Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently announced that the Biden administration has given blanket authorization allowing U.S. embassies and consulates around the world to fly LGBT pride flags …on the same official flag poles that fly the Star-Spangled Banner. Yes, the “rainbow” flag — a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender pride — will henceforth be permitted to proudly wave from the very same staffs that display the American flag.
Blinken sent out a cable reversing his predecessor’s policy and granting "blanket written authorization ... to display the Pride flag on the external-facing flagpole, for the duration of the 2021 Pride season," according to a report by ABC News. The authorization came five weeks before Pride Month is celebrated in June and about three weeks before the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHTB) on May 17th.
It is in no way homophobic, transphobic or biphobic to note that the American flag itself is supposed to represent all Americans, regardless of race, gender or sexual preference. Blinken would never think of allowing a “Proud Boys” flag to grace the same official pole as Old Glory. Nor should he. There is no reason to do so, much as there is no need to fly a White Pride, Heterosexual Pride or Christian Pride flag at U.S. diplomatic facilities around the globe. It would be just as ridiculous to allow an AFL-CIO banner, a Dallas Cowboys pennant or a streamer proclaiming “Electricians Do It Better” to share space with the flag that symbolizes the nation to which so many gave the last full measure of devotion.
Don’t like traditional gender roles or sexual preferences? We’re all happy for you. But many of the rest of us have some pride, too. And dignity.