Thursday, March 29, 2018

Teen Organizes LGBT Pride Festival in VP's Hometown

Vice President Pence in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Savannah, Ga. being followed by LGBT protestors.
( Photo: Stephen B. Morton, AP)
CNN reports:

Vice President Mike Pence's hometown plans to hold its first LGBT Pride Festival next month, according to a Facebook post regarding the event scheduled for April 14.

Columbus, Indiana -- a small town south of Indianapolis -- is the birthplace of the conservative vice president, a frequent target of pro-gay protests.

Pence was criticized during his time as Indiana governor for his positions on issues important to the LGBTQ community, including signing a religious freedom bill into law in 2015.
There will be drag queens, music and other entertainment, as well as food booths, educational booths and vendors selling pride-themed items, according to event organizer Erin Bailey.

Erin Bailey, a senior at Columbus Signature Academy, is organizing Columbus' first LGBTQ Pride Festival on April 14. (Photo: Provided via USA Today)
Bailey -- a local high schooler-- told CNN on Wednesday that she wanted to host to the event to "make a change" in her community and in the country.

"I decided to host Columbus Pride Festival because I realized we didn't have anything quite like it in Columbus," she said adding that though she believes the Pence is "openly anti-LGBT, it doesn't mean that the rest of us in his hometown are."

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