Iceland’s President and First Lady Greeted Mike Pence Wearing Rainbow Bracelets

The vice president was also greeted by a row of Pride flags.

When Vice President Mike Pence visited Iceland this week he was greeted with signs of Pride in response to his well-known anti-LGBTQ record.

Pence arrived at Höfði House in Reykjavík on Wednesday and technology company Advania, located across the street, took the opportunity to fly Pride flags from their poles.

“We just felt the need to celebrate diversity today and wanted to show that by flying the flags,” the company’s director, Ægir Már Þórisson, told the Iceland Monitor.

The headquarters of the Efling union, which is also nearby, also flew rainbow flags.

Iceland President Guðni Jóhannesson also brought Pride to the meeting, donning a rainbow bracelet.

He did the same when he met Russian President Vladimir Putin, another notorious anti-LGBTQ leader.

Putin, Guðni Jóhannesson
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First Lady Eliza Reed also wore a rainbow bracelet, as well as a white suit, reminiscent of the fashion choice Democratic U.S. congresswomen made during this year’s State of the Union address, which was a nod to the suffragettes.

As HuffPost noted, the couple wears the bracelets with some regularity, so it was unclear if the accessory choice was in relation to Pence’s visit, but it seems safe to say they made a clear choice not to leave them at home.

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