LGBTQ activists threw a party outside Mike Pence’s house and guess who was not invited? Mike Pence.
Mike Pence is notoriously known for his anti-LGBTQ statements and is probably one of the most anti-LGBTQ political figures to serve in the Congress and as governor of a state.
On almost every social issue that you can think of, he has had something negative to say about the rights of the LGBTQ community.
Here are some instances that clearly show the new vice president-elect is no friend of the LGBTQ community:
He said gay couples bring ‘societal collapse’
In 2006, as the head of the Republican Study Committee, he gave out a statement saying gay couples could possibly bring out ‘societal collapse’ and he also called being gay a choice . He went on to add that keeping gays from marrying was not discrimination, but an enforcement of “God’s idea.”
He rejected Obama’s directive on transgender bathrooms
When the federal government directed school districts to allow students to use any bathroom of the gender they relate and identify with, Pence immediately chimed in saying it is a state issue and the federal government need not get involved.
He was openly against the repeal of ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’
‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ was the official United States policy on military service by members of LGBTQ community. The policy prohibited military personnel from discriminating against homosexual service members or applicants, while barring openly homosexual people from military service. Biden was openly against the repeal of the law that prohibited homosexual people from serving openly in the military.
The LGBTQ community decided to let Mr Vice President know that they are in no mood of welcoming his bigotry and the way they did it was extremely peaceful and rather flamboyant. The rally was organised by Firas Nasr, who co-ordinates Werk For Peace, a group which uses dance to highlight and advocate crimes against the LGBTQ community. They wanted to let Pence know that discriminating against the LGBTQ community is NOT okay!
Catch a glimpse of the rally here:
If there’s anything we’ve loved about these recent elections, it’s these happy faces chanting “Daddy Pence, come dance!” outside Mike Pence’s house. Sheer savagery!
— Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) January 19, 2017
‘We are here. We are queer. We will dance’
— Alexander Rubinstein (@AlexR_DC) January 19, 2017
Party goals, anyone?