Thousands of LGBT Activists Storm Mike Pence's Hometown for Gay Pride Event
More than 2,000 revelers and activists attended a gay pride event Saturday in Columbus, Indiana, the hometown of Vice President Mike Pence. The event included a man dressed up as Pence, along with drag queens and activists dressed in shirts mocking the vice president. While ralliers would claim to be celebrating LGBT identity, it seems their event focused more on mocking the vice president.
"Dear, Mike Pence, sorry you couldn’t come out to this awesome party that we’re having in your hometown," organizer Erin Bailey said. "Hopefully you can make it next year and find some nice people."
The LGBT activist organization the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) made clear the true reason it supported the event: to slam Pence. "Tomorrow, HRC will celebrate with local advocates at the first-ever LGBT Pride Festival in Columbus, Indiana — hometown of Vice President Mike Pence, whose political career has been predicated on anti-LGBTQ animus," the organization announced in a statement.
"Spearheaded by Columbus high school senior Erin Bailey, organizers say they hope the event will reflect the growing diversity and commitment to inclusion evident in their community, despite Pence’s deplorable legacy," HRC added.
Jennifer Pike Bailey, the organization's senior public policy advocate, emphasized that "Erin Bailey is showing Mike Pence, who has a long, disturbing record of attacking and demonizing the LGBTQ community, that Hoosiers won't stand for his brand of discriminatory policies."
HRC attacked Pence's 2015 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which would have allowed small business owners to opt out of providing wedding-related goods and services to same-sex weddings. This "license to discriminate" would have protected the conscience rights of people who support marriage as between one man and one woman.
The organization also attacked Pence for supporting President Bill Clinton's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on homosexuality in the military. Pence also supported a constitutional amendment declaring marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
More than 2,000 people attended the event, the Associated Press (AP) reported. While pictures showed smiling faces, they also revealed a firm hatred for Pence.
One smiling brunette woman wore a t-shirt with a dejected Mike Pence in front of an LGBT rainbow flag, with the text, "Have a gay day."
One woman, who ironically chose the Twitter name "My Religion is Love," tweeted at Pence, "SUCK IT PENCE, from Columbus Indiana."