More than 2K attend gay pride event in VP Pence's hometown

Elias Hubbard
April 17, 2018

A gay pride festival in Vice President Mike Pence's in hometown attracted more than 2,000 revelers who watched bands and drag queens perform. The April 14 event spanned two blocks and featured 24 vendors, a drag show, and Pence impersonator "Mike Hot-Pence" posing for photos and taking donations for LGBT charities. In 2015, Mike Pence had signed a law as Indiana's governor that created a legal defence for businesses, which objected for serving the LGBT community. The gay pride festival gave a boost to LGBT activists, who raise their voice against discrimination. The slight redhead, who strolled the festival in rose-pink horn rims and a rainbow-emblazoned ringer tee, began organizing Columbus Pride to meet a graduation requirement at Columbus Signature Academy.

Erin Bailey ( who identifies as bisexual ) organized the event, believed to be the first ever held in the city, as part of her high school senior project.

"We've never had anything like this in Columbus and were such a town with diversity and we have such a great community", said Bailey.

However, when asked about the Pride event, Alyssa Farah, his press secretary, told CNN, "Vice President Pence commends Erin Bailey for her activism and engagement in the civic process". "As a proud Hoosier and Columbus native, he's heartened to see young people from his hometown getting involved in the political process".

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