(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) and fellow LGBT Equality Caucus colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressing concern about the State Department’s rejection of requests by U.S. Embassies to fly rainbow flags in honor of LGBT Pride Month.
The letter urges the State Department to reverse its position and immediately allow Pride flags to be flown.
“The Trump Administration’s quiet efforts to undermine America’s international support for LGBT rights is deeply discomforting and sends the wrong message to LGBT Americans about our moral compass,” said Rep. Meng. “June is LGBT Pride Month and it is a time to reaffirm our commitment to LGBT rights at home and abroad. Simple acts of solidarity, such as flying the Pride flag, demonstrate our resolve to be a beacon of hope for those who reside in hostile environments for LGBT individuals. We shouldn’t backtrack on LGBT rights; we should march forward and pursue efforts that strengthen LGBT rights at home and abroad. Mr. Secretary, let the Pride flag fly proudly at all U.S. Embassies!”
A signed copy of the letter can be viewed here.