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Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Though the State Department has rejected requests from American embassies around the world to fly the rainbow pride flag for the month of June, officially recognized as LGBT Pride Month, a few embassies have found loopholes, reports the Washington Post.

Details: American embassies are still permitted to have rainbow flags on the premises, but not on the flagpole alongside the American flag, per NBC. The embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia are among those that have made the ask and been denied.

The state of play: Some embassies are still recognizing Pride Month by working around the policy:

  • The U.S. missions in Seoul, South Korea, and Chennai, India, have hung large pride flags on the sides of their buildings.
  • The embassy in New Delhi, India, hung rainbow-colored lights.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Chile's website has photos of a pride flag on its flagpole last month.
  • U.S. diplomats in Jerusalem joined marches for Pride and tolerance.

The big picture: President Trump has multiple policies that infringe on the rights of LGBTQ Americans, including banning transgender Americans from serving in the U.S. military. He also has plans to make it easier for adoption agencies to reject same-sex parents.

But, but, but: Trump, in a recent tweet, wrote: "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...."

Go deeper: Trump targets LGBTQ protections

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First known U.S. case of the Omicron variant identified in California

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The first known U.S. case of the Omicron variant was detected in California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday.

Driving the news: The confirmed case was detected in a traveler returning from South Africa who was fully vaccinated and has mild symptoms, according to the CDC.

Supreme Court appears likely to roll back abortion rights

Abortion rights advocates and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 1. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed likely to weaken abortion rights and perhaps to let states ban the procedure altogether.

The intrigue: The court seemed likely to throw out the framework established in Roe v. Wade, but it wasn't clear whether a majority of the justices were inclined to overturn the court's precedents entirely.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
Updated 2 hours ago - Economy & Business

How to meme a painting

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

How can a physical artwork become an NFT? One new company has just spent $12.9 million on a Banksy in an attempt to try out a new way of converting the real into the virtual.

Why it matters: The art market globally sees volume of about $60 billion per year, almost all of which is trade in physical objects. Art-world insiders including former Christie's c0-chair Loïc Gouzer are on the lookout for ways to monetize physical paintings without necessarily giving up physical ownership of them.