President Biden invited hundreds of people to the White House on Saturday for a postponed Pride Month celebration. This was done to demonstrate to LGBTQ+ persons that his administration supports them at a time when discriminatory legislation is on the rise.
The event was originally slated for Thursday and was hailed by the administration as the largest Pride event ever held at the White House. However, it was postponed due to the dangerous air that was coming in from Canadian wildfires and the bad air quality.
The Pride flag was unveiled by the president between two American flags to commemorate Pride Month. However, Twitter users were quick to criticize Biden, noting that the US Flag Code required the American flag to be displayed in the center of any display that included numerous national flags or pennants.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton tweeted: ‘To advance revolutionary transgender agenda targeting children, Biden violates a basic tenet of US Flag Code and disrespects every American service member buried under its colors.’
He then cited the US Flag Code §7. (e) which reads: ‘The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.’
On the other hand, the event, which featured speakers and artists advocating for LGBT rights, hailed the Pride community as the most remarkable people and a role model for both the US and the rest of the globe. Additionally, Biden commended the LGBT community, calling its members “some of the bravest and most inspiring” people he has ever met.
“Outside the gates of this house are those who want to drag our country backward, and so many battles yet to be braved. But today, we’re not here to be strong. We’re not here to be courageous. Even though for so many of you, just coming to this event is an act of bravery,” said first lady Jill Biden