SACRAMENTO, CA — (06-17-19) — California joins the Trump defiance club by raising the Rainbow PRIDE flag over the state capitol’s building.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom had the rainbow pride flag raised at the state Capitol on Monday for the first time in state’s history, sending a clear message that the state of California supports the LGBTQ community.

Ever since the Trump administration was exposed for forbidding the LGBTQ banner to be flown at any government buildings, U.S Embassies and states in our great union have been openly defiant.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom Has PRIDE Flag Flown on State Capitol Building for first time in history

Governor Gavin Newsom has been a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community since his years as Mayor of San Francisco. He tweeted on Monday the news of the Rainbow PRIDE Flag being flown over the state’s capitol with the following message:

“In California, we celebrate and support our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community’s right to live out loud – during Pride month and every month,” Newsom said in a statement. “By flying the pride flag over the State Capitol, we send a clear message that California is welcoming and inclusive to all, regardless of how you identify or who you love.”

Newsom said that he came to his decision shortly after Vice President Mike Pence went on the networks and defended the Trump administration’s policy of prohibiting PRIDE flags from being flown at U.S. embassies’ for the month of June.

California joins Wisconsin and New York who also decided to raise the pride flags at their state capitols for the first time in history in defiance of the Trump administration.

In defiance of the Trump administration’s anti-LGBTQ policy, several U.S. embassies and diplomats have flown the pride flag anyway or used creative ways to honor PRIDE month on the Embassy buildings such as shining rainbow lights on the exterior of embassies or taking pictures with locals and posting them on social media.

No comment so far from the State Department on California’s decision to raise the Rainbow PRIDE flag in support of the LGBTQ community.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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