LGBTQ activists threw a 'Queer Dance Party' outside Mike Pence's house
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Days before the Trump administration is set to be sworn into office, LGBTQ activists have taken a stand in the best way possible: by organising a dance party outside Vice President Mike Pence’s house. Just in case you’re not quite sure why Pence has been targeted, it’s because of his iffy track record. An Evangelical Christian, he’s anti-LGBTQ rights and believes being gay is a choice. To give you a bit more background: Indiana passed a law that made it legal to discriminate against people based on sexual orientation – and he was the governor. Pence also signed off the Religious Freedom Restoration Act giving businesses the rights to refuse LGBT people service on religious grounds. We really can’t think of a better way to protest over intolerance than with a dance party. The event instructed people to “bring your flyest rainbow gear and your booty/body shaking skills!” Now that is the kind of party that we like to go to. The dancing definitely did look like a whole lot of fun. And if you thought it couldn’t get any more glorious, just check out the moves of 23-year-old Firas Nasr who helped organise the protest. Nasr told the Washington Post: “We want to send a strong message to Pence that we’re a united queer community. We’ve always stood united. There’s always space to dance.” The protesters were armed with glitter and glow sticks and danced in the street, although they were kept a few blocks away from the house in the Chevy Chase neighbourhood Pence moved into when relocating to Washington DC. And everyone was absolutely loving the peaceful, fun protest. Even people who weren’t there sensed the atmosphere and wanted to get involved. The event was organised by WERK for Peace, a “queer-based grassroots movement that uses dance to promote peace” which was set up after the Orlando nightclub shootings, along with DisruptJ20 – a movement that is planning to protest at Trump’s inauguration on Friday.
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