The first Pride celebration in Columbus, Indiana, the hometown of notoriously anti-LGBT Vice President Mike Pence, was a hit.
“The first gay pride festival here, the hometown of socially conservative Vice President Mike Pence and a city that once drew protests against health benefits for same-sex couples, proved surprising Saturday,” the IndyStar reported.
The celebration was organized by high school senior Erin Bailey, stemming from a class project. “It’s crazy,” she told the newspaper. “It’s awesome.” The celebration covered two blocks and featured drag performances and three dozen vendor booths.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) was also in attendance to “celebrate with local advocates at the first-ever LGBT Pride Festival in Columbus, Indiana -- hometown of Vice President Mike Pence,” the organization wrote, “whose political career has been predicated on anti-LGBTQ animus.”
Twitter users quickly shared images of the event:
@HRC is proud to join the inaugural Columbus #LGBT #Pride Festival -- hometown of anti-#LGBTQ @Mike_Pence. Despite… https://t.co/xDLaXSMPBe— Human Rights Campaign (@Human Rights Campaign) 1523728248.0
This is Erin Bailey - @erindigsplants - the teenager organizing the first ever pride festival in @VP Mike Pence’s h… https://t.co/x7jsNwxCYc— Anna Carrera (@Anna Carrera) 1523392317.0
@ChadHGriffin @HRC Today, I went to #LGBTQ #Pride in Columbus IN, the hometown of @VP Mike Pence. It was fabulous a… https://t.co/v5mqTb8MOQ— Mark Warden (@Mark Warden) 1523762443.0
very first Pride Festival in Mike Pence's (and my) hometown. This event makes my heart so happy!! Photos by matthew… https://t.co/ghwkWfr5kG— Jill Tatara (@Jill Tatara) 1523746518.0
Columbus, IN 1st annual Pride was today and I couldn’t pass up a pic with Mike Hot Pence! 🏳️🌈🏳️🌈 Also repping my… https://t.co/liuy2OYglT— Stig 👻 (@Stig 👻) 1523728074.0
https://t.co/myesbPB6Gg— Mark Warden (@Mark Warden) 1523723681.0
Mike not Pence and I filled with PRIDE 🌈 #ColumbusINPride2018 #ColumbusPrideFestival https://t.co/xr1nibvuPU— Jen Wright Berryman (@Jen Wright Berryman) 1523757455.0
Columbus, IN. (Pence's hometown) held it's first ever Gay Pride parade. The rain didn't dampen anyone's fun:) https://t.co/qf3ClKErbC— Jane Reed (@Jane Reed) 1523748651.0
Congratulations to all of those involved!