For the first time in recent years, the State Department did not issue guidelines to U.S. embassies for hoisting rainbow flags in support of LGBT+ rights. Many embassies, including those in Israel, Germany, Brazil, and Latvia, all asked to fly rainbow flags. They were all denied.
In response to the new policy, many embassies have been finding ways to get around the new policy. The facades of U.S. embassies in Seoul, South Korea and Chennai, India, are partially hidden behind large rainbow flags, while website of the embassy in Santiago, Chile shows a video of the chief diplomat raising a rainbow flag for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia.
Some gay foreign service employees have voiced their concern, saying this is only the tip of the iceberg.
Read more at the Washington Post.