The Pentagon will not fly the rainbow flag for Pride in 2021 but other political buildings in the U.S. will.
It has been confirmed that the Pentagon will not fly the LGBT+ flag to mark Pride celebrations this month.
Reuters reported that in July 2020, Former President Donald Trump issued a policy that only allowed certain flags on military installations. The policy bans all unofficial flags, from social movements to sports teams. Consequently, the building did not mast the rainbow LGBT+ flag for Pride.
In 2021, the Defense Department decided to follow the policy created by Trump. John Kirby, the Pentagon spokesperson, told the Military Times that they would not be making exceptions in June 2021. "The Defence Department will maintain the existing policy from July of 2020 regarding the display or depiction of unofficial flags."
Though the Pentagon is sticking to the old policy, other political institutions have said that they will reject it. The White House and some U.S. embassies have flown the pride flag to show their support to the LGBT+ community. According to Foreign Policy magazine, Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued a blanket authorization to mast all Pride flags at U.S. embassies in the country and worldwide.