Folks, this is good news for The Resistance. Mike Pompeo issued a decree recently, reversing an Obama policy (naturally) which permitted U.S. embassies to fly the rainbow colored flag in honor of Pride Month. In Boston Tea Party-esque defiance, Pompeo’s orders are being ignored and the rainbow banner yet waves.
— U.S. Embassy India (@USAndIndia) June 4, 2019
“This is a category one insurrection,” said one diplomat, who like others interviewed about the sentiment over the rejections, which were not made in writing, spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of being fired. [Editor’s Note: This is an interesting variation of the standard language which is “condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the topic.” This is blunt.]
The flap over the flags started when the State Department did not send out an official cable this year with guidelines for marking Pride Month, as it has in years past. In 2011, the Obama administration directed agencies involved with foreign policy to promote LGBT rights, a striking policy for an agency that, up to the early 1990s, considered homosexuality a security risk and cause for termination. […]
Some gay employees in the foreign and civil service say the ban on flying the rainbow flag is just the tip of an iceberg of slights.
Pompeo has not issued a statement for Pride Month, as he did last year. He did not attend the State Department’s annual Pride Day event for two years running as his predecessors usually did, though he was traveling in Europe this year. Instead, he dispatched Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, a veteran diplomat who promised that the State Department will advocate for gay diplomats and their families.
Don’t hold your breath. There’s not going to be any gay advocacy with an evangelical wingnut in charge of the State Department. And it won’t surprise you that all of Wingnuttia is up in arms over this gesture. Here’s a sample.
I wish to God this was parody, but I know it's not. Maybe you should go reread that Bible you thump so self-righteously and see what Jesus had to say about love, tolerance, and inclusivity. You're saying you're more of a child of God than a gay person and You.Are.Not. Wake up.
— Ursula Faw (@ursulafaw56) June 9, 2019