U.S. Embassies Display Pride Flag, Despite Trump Administration Advisory Against It

On Friday, the Trump Administration was reportedly rejecting requests from U.S. embassies to display the rainbow pride flag on official flagpoles in celebration of Pride Month, according to an NBC News report. Since then, some diplomats are finding ways around the initial rejection.

"The U.S. embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia are among those that have requested permission from Trump's State Department to fly the pride flag on their flagpoles and have been denied," diplomats told NBC News.

Since NBC News' initial report, the Washington Post identified some of the embassies that have decided to go around the Trump Administration and find different ways of commemorating Pride Month.

From hanging the rainbow-colored flag on the facades of buildings (U.S. missions in Seoul and Chennai, India, for example) to rainbow-colored lights in New Delhi, embassies from around the world are choosing to honor the LGBTQ+ community in its own way.

"Some embassies got playful with the display of Trump's statement," the Washington Post report read. "In Brasilia, for example, the statement is topped by a photo of two hands holding five Play-Doh letters in rainbow colors: L-G-B-T-Q."

In previous years, flying the Pride Flag on official embassy flagpoles was permitted in the month of June but there has been an obvious shift. Since the news came out of the display request being denied, it seemed like a complete 180-degree shift from the Trump's tweet last month to "celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made."

"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 on the basis of their sexual orientation," the President tweeted on May 31. "My Administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effort!"

"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," Richard Grenell, ambassador to Germany, said Friday in a statement to NBC News.

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A gay pride flag is raised next to the US flag is at the US embassy in the vicinity of the annual gay pride parade in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on June 13, 2014. Getty/Jack Guez
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