Boris Flies the LGBT Flag in British Embassies... But No Other Special Interest Groups Allowed
The UK’s new Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, has overturned a “ban” on flying the ‘LGBT pride’ (the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender pride) flag from UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office buildings.
The previous Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond had ruled that only the Union flag, the flags of the nations and overseas territories of the United Kingdom, and the EU flag could be flown from UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) buildings. This includes embassies and high commission office buildings. All other flags were excluded – including the LGBT pride flag.
Philip Hammond resisted pressure from the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee which recommended that the LGBT flag should be flown in countries where the staging of gay pride events is prohibited.
In an official response to the report as recently as July 11, the Foreign Office said: “The FCO has a very clear policy on flag flying: it is to fly the Union flag at the FCO and all its embassies, high commissions and consulates at all times.
“The only other flags that are flown are of the constituent countries of the UK and the UK overseas territories on significant days for them, and the European Union flag in certain countries.
“These flags are always flown in addition to the Union flag and in a junior position. The UK is a member of, or supports, many organisations and associations, but does not fly any other flags.”
Boris Johnson however, in one of his first acts as Foreign Secretary overturned this ruling.
“The Foreign Secretary has decided that the rainbow flag can be flown from Foreign and Commonwealth Office buildings in the UK and embassies and high commissions overseas. Whether it is flown is a matter for individual ambassadors and high commissioners, depending on local circumstances.”
1. The LGBT agenda is being given special privileges in permitting the flying of this flag in other countries. To allow the LGBT flag, but not permit the symbols of other interest groups is to unjustly discriminate against these other groups. If the LGBT flag is going to be flown, why, for example, should there not be crosses to show solidarity with persecuted Christians in the middle east?
2. UK embassies exist primarily to represent the UK in the receiving State and protecting in the receiving State the interests of the UK and of its nationals. They do not exist to further the ideology of a particular interest group within that country.
The promotion of this ideology above all others is unacceptable. We should ask the Foreign Office to reverse this decision and not use our embassies for promoting particular ideological interests or open up which flags or symbols can be flown in embassies so as not to discriminate against other groups.
It would be nice to see the Foreign Office and Boris Johnson put their money where their mouth is by flying the LGBT flag on their embassy in Riyadh or Tehran.