LGBT Activists In Savannah Rained On Mike Pence’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Plus: In New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo marched alongside Ireland's first gay prime minister.

This weekend, Mike Pence paid a visit to Savannah, Georgia, for the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, but LGBT advocates made sure the vice president know he wasn’t welcome.

The waved pride flags and signs that read “Mike Pence is a homophobe!” and “The devil went down to Georgia!”

As governor of Indiana, Pence recommended that AIDS funding would be better spent on conversion therapy. He also supported conversion therapy for minors and endorsed an amendment to ban same-sex marriage in the state, and signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law, allowing businesses to discriminate against LGBT people.

Advocates say he’s fueling much of President Trump’s anti-LGBT agenda, including removing protections for trans students in schools.

One protestor boasted about a donation they’d made in Pence’s name to Planned Parenthood.

On Friday, Pence and Trump hosted Leo Varadkar, the openly gay prime minister of Ireland, for a closed meeting where the topic of LGBT rights was reportedly discussed.

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On Sunday, Varadkar and his partner joined Governor Andrew Cuomo at the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which once barred LGBT groups from marching.

“We’re all immigrants,” Cuomo declared. “Unless you’re a Native American, you’re an immigrant. And it’s immigrants together.”

An Irish LGBT group actually marched at the front of the New York parade for the first time, when the Lavender and Green Alliance led off the procession.

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