LGBT activists and anti-Mike Pence protesters assembled in D.C. last night in order to throw a “Queer Dance Party” in front of the Vice-President-elect’s house.
Hundreds of people showed up at the Friendship Heights metro station on Wednesday before marching and dancing their way to Chevy Chase, where the Pence family is living until they finish moving into the Naval Observatory. Organizations WERK for Peace and DisruptJ20 set up the event in order to draw attention to Pence’s track record on LGBT issues.
“We are here tonight to send a clear message to Daddy Pence that we will not tolerate bigotry and hate in our country,” said WERK for Peace founder Firas Nasr. “We are here today to take the streets as our dance floor.”
These are the streets outside Mike Pence's house in D.C., shut down by activists throwing a Queer Dance Party tonight. Pure jubilance. pic.twitter.com/GrJAgvSZBh
— Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) January 19, 2017
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 19, 2017
— Stan Williams (@stanlwilliams) January 18, 2017
— remmagolds (@rg0lds) January 19, 2017
Dance protest has arrived – now dancing a half a block from Mike Pence's rental house. Were chanting "Daddy Pence, come dance" pic.twitter.com/kaUEbUXxAC
— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) January 19, 2017
? Party at Pence's! ?
— Fusion (@Fusion) January 19, 2017
Pence has repeatedly been criticized for pushing anti-LGBTQ policies throughout his political career. One example is that Pence signed a “religious objections” bill when he was governor of Indiana, which opponents said would allow people to refuse goods and services to gay individuals. Pence was also known to oppose same-sex marriage legislation while supporting the controversial practice of conversion therapy.
In recent months, Pence’s D.C. neighbors made their displeasure known by hanging rainbow pride flags around his residence.
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