Vice President Mike Pence’s hometown is getting ready to show off their LGBT Pride. The celebration is the brainchild of high school senior Erin Bailey who is organizing the Columbus Pride Festival in order to let the world know that these local Hoosiers don’t all agree with Pence’s bigoted and archaic views on the queer community, which include things like conversion therapy, passing laws in Indiana to allow legal discrimination against the gay community, and his anti-gay marriage stance.
“I am organizing Columbus Pride Festival because I feel it is important for members of the LGBTQ community to know that Columbus is a welcoming and diverse community,” Bailey told the Huffington Post. “Even though Mike Pence is openly anti-gay, that doesn’t mean that all of us in his hometown are,” she said.
Pence, though, surprisingly took the high ground when asked about the event “Vice “President Pence commends Erin Bailey for her activism and engagement in the civic process,” spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said. “As a proud Hoosier and Columbus native, he’s heartened to see young people from his hometown getting involved in the political process,” she added.
The events take place April 14.