Hey, remember at the beginning of June, when Donald Trump's staff wrote some nice gay Pride tweets, and everybody was like "HAHA FUCK YOU," because Trump has been an absolute piece of shit president for LGBT people, banning trans people from serving in the military and fucking around with adoptions by same-sex parents, and elevating severe anti-gay bigots like Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to positions of power?

Yeah, about that.

News came out at the end of last week that, breaking with tradition, the State Department has been rejecting requests from embassies around the globe who wanted to let their big gay flags fly for Pride, because goddammit, this is America, land of the free and home of "RuPaul's Drag Race."

And why?

The Obama administration's Pride Month guidelines included rules for flying rainbow flags from poles outside embassies — they had to be smaller than the American flag and fly beneath it. But permission was granted with no fuss. By 2016, approvals were left up to each ambassador or chief of mission.

That process changed last year, after Mike Pompeo became secretary of state. An evangelical Christian who believes marriage should be defined as between a man and woman, Pompeo has said gay employees will be respected and treated like everyone else. But he has downplayed some symbols of LGBT rights, while introducing several new panels and envoys specializing in religious freedom issues. [...]

Embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia, plus a handful of other posts, asked to fly rainbow flags. All were denied, said a person at the State Department who was familiar with what happened.

That's right, because FUCK YOU, MIKE POMPEO, fucking hayseed bigot. Not only is Pompeo's State Department launching a new "human rights" panel (pretend quotes intentional) with more of a focus on "natural law," which is religious right Newspeak for "God hates fags," he just really doesn't want any of those stinky rainbow flags hoisted up on flagpoles at American embassies abroad, because he doesn't want those countries to get the idea that America is some kind of liberal democracy or anything.

Good news, though, because the #Resistance is apparently alive and well in some of our embassies, at least. All the major Fake Newses are reporting that all over the globe, career staff are going ahead and gaying it up anyway, because for serious, what is Secretary Dumbfuck gonna do about it? The rule that came down said no gay pride flags on official flagpoles, but Mike Pompeo didn't say anything about the sides of buildings or spelling out "AMERICA LUVS DICK" in the rhododendrons, now did he?

As the Washington Post reports, folks from the embassy in Israel marched in the Pride parade. The embassy in Seoul has a big gay flag on the side of the building, and so does the consulate in Chennai, India:

U.S Consulate General Chennai Celebrates PRIDE www.youtube.com

The embassy in New Delhi is also very homosexually oriented right now:

Randy Berry, who was the first ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons during the Obama administration, who stayed in that role after Trump became president -- which really pissed off the anti-gay hate groups -- and who is now ambassador to Nepal, tweeted this very nice gay tweet:

Joining the gayness with the gay flags and the Madonna listening parties (factcheck we are just assuming there are Madonna listening parties) are US embassies in Santiago, Chile, and Vienna, Austria.

Even the US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, a verified gay person who usually gets mentioned in these parts because he's being an absolute piece of shit Trump supporter quisling, is getting in on the action:

"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."

When asked if Grenell was annoyed that they had been denied permission to fly the flag from the flagpole, the State Department source replied with an emphatic "yes."

GOOD FOR HIM. Of course, if Grenell really believes Trump cares whether LGBT people live or die, then he is an idiot who's spent way too much time as the token gay in Republican circles, and is thus unaccustomed to real acceptance.

But hey, well played for using Trump's own words against him, and thereby sticking a hot hard dick in Mike Pompeo's gay-hatin' eye!

In summary and in conclusion, Mike Pompeo is a piece of shit, and we need to keep a close eye on what he is doing at the State Department, because none of it is good, and he is a stain on America's global reputation, just like his boss Donald Trump is.

But at the same time, HAPPY PRIDE, MOTHERFUCKERS, from the career staff at US embassies everywhere!


[Washington Post / CNN]

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