LGBTQ activists stage dance protest outside Mike Pence's DC home

The event was organized by WERK for Peace and DisruptJ20 as part of a series of protests surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

By REUTERS
January 19, 2017 18:15
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LGBTQ activists outside Pence's DC home

LGBTQ activists outside Pence's DC home

 
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With loud music, hula hoops and rainbow-colored flags, hundreds danced at an event called the "Queer Dance Party", on Wednesday near the Vice President-elect Mike Pence's home in an upscale Washington, D.C. neighborhood to protest his stance on gay rights. Pence, a staunch conservative, has fought against same-sex marriage and allowing gay people to serve openly in the military.

"I've been lucky enough to live in D.C. the past six years and see what I thought was a monumental change for the good. I'm nervous that in the next 48 hours we're going to start to see a monumental change for the bad and if there's any little thing that I can do to make my voice heard and let the powers that be know I'm not going to stand for it, then, I'm absolutely going to show up," said protester Stephanie Levy.

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"I sort of see this as a welcome party. I want to share with him (Pence) what the values of this city are- that we love each other and what that means. And I think it's an important way to celebrate his arrival and share with him what D.C.'s values are," said protester Sarah Simpson.

The event was organized by WERK for Peace and DisruptJ20 as part of a series of protests surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

The president-elect said during his election campaign he embraced the LGBT community.

Pence, who was not at home during the protest, will be moving to his official residence at the United States Naval Observatory after he takes office on Friday (January 20).

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