E & E News reports:
After spending $66 to buy a new 3-by-5-foot nylon rainbow flag, the National Park Service flew it high at one of the agency’s newest monuments: the historic Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village, where a riot on June 28, 1969, launched the modern gay rights movement 50 years ago this week.
But a trove of emails released under the Freedom of Information Act shows how that flag decision set off alarms for Trump administration officials in Washington, D.C., in the fall of 2017. Local gay activists boasted that it marked the first time a gay pride flag had been permanently placed on federal land, and a top official at the Interior Department quickly demanded an explanation.
“Can you please get details from NPS and report back?” Todd Willens, then an assistant deputy secretary — now the chief of staff to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt — wrote to another Interior official.
Hit the link for a detailed explanation of how the Trump administration transferred ownership of the flagpole to the state of New York.
To avoid flying a gay pride flag on federal property, the Trump administration gifted the flag and flagpole outside the Stonewall National Monument to the New York Parks department, internal emails show. https://t.co/4iakYguSQ0
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