The Pentagon confirmed Friday it will not allow rainbow flags to fly at military facilities to celebrate Pride Month. This is in line with the Pentagon’s 2020 decision to only allow certain flags in Pentagon installations.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters that the DOD chose not to waive the existing flag policy after careful consideration.
Besides the American flag Current policies implemented under the Trump administration also allow the use of flags that represent U.S. states and territories. military service Prisoners of War and Lost in Action National flag of the US Allies and a number of other flags
“This does not reflect a lack of respect or admiration for people in the LGBTQ+ community, the under- and under-uniform personnel who serve in the department,” Kirby said.
The flagging policy came into effect last July to suspend the display of the Confederate flag without specific references, as previously reported by NPR.
Kirby said the rainbow flag waiver could keep the Pentagon open to further policy challenges in the future. “This is really more about potential – the exception in this case is about the potential for other challenges that might arise from that exception,” he said.
President Biden embraced Pride Month with an official announcement earlier this week that nearly 14% of his federal agency appointees identified as LGBTQ+, he announced.
In 2018, the Rand Corporation estimated that 6.3% of active service members identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual, including 4.1% of men and 17.6% of women.