- The Washington Times - Friday, April 23, 2021

A State Department cable reviewed by The New York Times says U.S. embassies and consulates may now fly LGBTQ pride flags.

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken authorized the move for diplomats for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17.

Diplomats may also continue the practice in June during Pride Month and when “appropriate in light of local conditions.”

A State Department official confirmed the authorization with the newspaper Friday.

Requests to implement the flying of LGBTQ pride flags on the same poles as American flags were denied during the Trump administration.

The cable also urged diplomats to “do no harm” in nations in which flying the flag could cause a backlash among the local population.

“As a matter of policy, the United States does not advocate for or against same-sex marriage abroad,” the cable reads, Foreign Policy magazine first reported Thursday.

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