President Trump is walking a tightrope with LGBT issues. On the one hand, he has a passionate LGBT and liberal crowd to appease; on the other, he may not totally agree with all the rights that LGBTQ people want: open bathroom usage, tax money towards sex transitions, public school indoctrination, and military enrollment, to name a few.
So as June approached, which has been celebrated by the LGBT community as Pride Month, Trump had a tough decision. How far does he go in recognizing the celebration? Trump chose to send a dual message, by sending out a personal recognition through Twitter of his support, while having his Administration withdraw recognition abroad that Obama gave freely during his reign.
On Twitter, Trump said, “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. My Administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effort!”
But his Administration held back their support of brazenly supporting LGBT rights by denying foreign embassies to fly the gay flag alongside the American flag. Previously, President Obama gave blanket approval for all embassies to do so during gay pride month. Trump's Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, withdrew that blanket approval and denied individual requests to fly the gay flag over American embassies.
This, of course, was met with great criticism from the LGBTQ community and the Left. Alyssa Milano, an actress who has notably led a pro-abortion charge against states making strong bans on abortion, tweeted, "How dare you," in response to Trump's tweet.
Franklin Graham, however, lent his voice of strong support to Trump's bold move. He wrote on Facebook, tagging both President Trump and the Department of State, "I want to thank President Donald J. Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for making the decision not to fly the gay flag over our embassies during June in recognition of gay pride month. That is the right decision."
"The only flag that should fly over our embassies is the flag of the United States of America," wrote Graham. "The gay pride flag is offensive to Christians and millions of people of other faiths, not only in this country but around the world. The U.S. flag represents our nation—everyone—regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation."
Graham's post was one of the top liked-posts on his page, with over 250,000 people showing their approval. What do you think of Trump's balancing act show of support for gay pride month? Share your thoughts in the comments! We want to know! Thank you.