Mike Pence’s notoriously anti-marriage equality, pro-conversion therapy, and generally homophobic policy positions have inadvertently wrought one small but sweet reward: Activists are planning a glitter-infused gay dance party outside of his D.C. home tonight.
Pence, who once said that allowing same-sex marriage would lead to “societal collapse,” has already been more subtly protested: His neighbors in Chevy Chase have hung rainbow flags outside their homes, while a Pence impersonator has been collecting money for progressive charities in New York.
The Vice President-elect and his family plan to move to the Naval Observatory following Trump’s inauguration, so tonight’s fete is an unofficial sendoff.
“We plan on leaving behind [biodegradable] glitter and rainbow paraphernalia that he can NEVER forget,” the Facebook invite reads. “Get ready to WERK it and tell Daddy Pence [that] homo/transphobia is not tolerated in our country!”
The party is being co-organized by WERK for Peace, a queer collective that uses dance to promote peace, and #DisruptJ20, which is planning more creative events and actions to protest the inauguration.
“Even before the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub, during which 49 individuals were massacred on a dance floor, nightclubs and dance served as critical cornerstones of queer/trans activism and expression,” WERK for Peace’s Firas Nsar told The Huffington Post,
“In taking dance to the streets, we use our bodies to occupy space and assert that will embrace each other, our diversity, and our differences. We will send a very clear message to Mike Pence on his doorstep: #WeAreHere, #WeWillDance, and we refuse to tolerate bigotry and hate in this country.”
According to the invite, anyone interested in joining should bring “your flyest rainbow gear and your booty/body shaking skills!”