A group of 200 LGBTQ activists reportedly marched through Mike Pence’s, neighborhood in Washington DC, blasting music and dancing.
This was in solidarity with the LGBT community in light of the Vice President-elect’s history of opposing LGBTQ rights.
A group of around 200 LGBTQ activists had a “Queer Dance Party” in Mike Pence’s neighborhood, Chevy Case, and near a home he has been renting. Activist groups such as “WERK for Peace” organized the dance party on Facebook.
The Message of the Dance Party
“We want to send a strong message to Pence that we’re a united queer community,” Firas Nasr, an organizer, told the Washington Post. “We’ve always stood united. There’s always space to dance.”
The Facebook event said: “get ready to WERK it and tell Daddy Pence: homo/transphobia is not tolerated in our country!”
Comments from the Participants
“We come in all shapes, sizes, colors, beliefs, and we need to respect our diversity,” said Joanna Pratt, a resident living near Pence’s rental since 1979.
“The LGBT community has had a real struggle to be respected and be accepted, and that’s a sad statement on our country and our culture that they’ve had that struggle.”
“I’m personally hoping our rainbow flags will continue flying for four years,” Pratt said. She also noted that she’s seen signs in support of Planned Parenthood and other organizations who are in threat from the upcoming Trump administration.
“I hope those will all stay up as long as we are represented by an administration who does not believe in those things.”