A group of activists in Columbus, Ohio, are partnering with Progress Ohio to protest Vice President Mike Pence’s speech at the Renaissance Hotel in Columbus this Friday.
The group of activists plan to protest “by dancing outside the hotel and performances including DJs and drag queens.” The aim of the protest is to stand against the VP’s past statements regarding LGBT rights and issues.
Co-organizer Jay Smith said, “We want this to be a very positive, upbeat event that will showcase for other people in the [LGBTQ] community that may not be out or struggling with their gender identity.”
But this isn’t the first of these “dance party” protests against the Vice President. Days before President Trump’s inauguration, LGBT activists flooded the street in front of Pence’s rental home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, to protest the same thing.
Not only is President Trump the first president to support gay marriage before entering the office but he also appointed the first gay ambassador to Germany in U.S. history.
The scorn for conservatism within the majority of the LGBT community is incredibly divisive. A study done by Whitman Insight Strategies and Buzzfeed found that 36 percent of LGBTQ people identify as either moderate, conservative, or very conservative.
Several LGBT community members have stepped out against the liberal majority and commented on their shunning from that community. Leaders like Guy Benson, Blaire White, and Chadwick Moore are all outspoken conservatives -- some of which are very supportive of the current administration.
But no, let’s just throw a rager protesting Pence’s speech about tax cuts and job creation, because both of those things are so incredibly threatening to the LGBT institution.