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A 'Big LGBTQ Dance Party' Will Greet Vice President Pence In Columbus

Michael Conroy
Associated Press
Vice President Mike Pence waves to race fans during a practice session for the IndyCar Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis Friday, May 18, 2018.

Vice President Mike Pence is set to visit Columbus on Friday, June 15, to tout the new federal tax reform plan. He’ll be met outside the Columbus Renaissance hotel with what protesters are calling the “Big LGBTQ Dance Party.”

Pence’s visit lines up with the beginning of the Columbus Pride Festival, and advocates for the LGBTQ community mean to draw attention to Pence’s stand on issues affecting that community.

According to Cincinnati.com, "the Vice President has long been criticized for his stance on LGBT rights. While governor of Indiana, he signed the 2015 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which some said encouraged discrimination."

More than 600 people have RSVP’d to the event on Facebook, and the organizers obtained a permit for the afternoon festivities, which will include multiple DJs and drag queens. Pence may even see a familiar face in the crowd: his own. Mike Hot Pence, a doppleganger who raises money for LGBTQ causes, is joining the party.

The Big LGBTQ Dance Party will be held, aptly, on Gay Street between 3rd and Pearl.

Advocates for the Affordable Health Care Act are also planning to be outside the hotel. They’ll be talking about how they feel the program’s existence is threatened under the current Republican leadership at the state and national levels.

Pence previously visited Clevelandas part of his tax policy tour, which is organized by the pro-Trump nonprofit called "America First Policies."

Columbus Pride is expecting a crowd of around 500,000 people for this weekend's festival.

Gabe Rosenberg joined WOSU in October 2016. As digital news editor, Gabe reports breaking news and edits all content for the WOSU website, as well as manages the station's social media accounts.
Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.