A cornucopia of gayness descended upon Mike Pence’s doorstep on Wednesday night.
It was a lively dance protest against the bigotry and hatred Mike Pence is notorious for supporting through his policies.
There were rainbow flags, glitter, Beyoncé blasting through speakers and tons of passionate LGBTQ members and supporters busting a move through the streets of Washington, D.C. If dancing is a form of expression, this one made its point very queer.
The queer cavalcade started at Friendship Heights Metro Station around 6 pm and sashayed a couple of miles until the party hit its stride right in front of the home where the vice president-elect is staying in the neighborhood of Chevy Chase, before his move into the Naval Observatory.
The event, billed as “queer dance party at Mike Pence’s house,” was put together by activists “WERK for Peace” and “Disrupt J20” as part of a weeks-long series of protests leading up to the inauguration on Friday.
WERK for peace describes itself as a “queer-based grassroots movement that uses dance to promote peace,” and was founded by Firas Nasr, in response to the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
Nasr explained to The Advocate about the power of dance:
Dance as a form of protest is a really powerful form of protest,
especially in the queer community because dance and the dance floor has
always been a sacred space for us. It’s been a safe space, a
space for self expression, for connection, for love, for self-love, so
Werk for Peace is taking the dance floor to the streets and assert that
we are queer, we are here, and we will dance.
WERK for peace founder, Firas Nasr (CREDIT: wagingnonviolence)
Participants were invited to the event via a Facebook post for Queer Dance Party At Mike Pence’s House. The description read:
The homo/transphobic Mike Pence has
graciously invited us to shake our booties and bodies in front of/around
his house in Chevy Chase. We plan on leaving behind [biodegradable]
glitter and rainbow paraphinalia that he can NEVER forget. #WeAreQueer #WeAreHere #WeWillDance That’s right, get ready to WERK it and tell Daddy Pence: homo/transphobia is not tolerated in our country!
In 2015, Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which permitted discrimination towards the LGBT community. In 2000, he showed support for conversion therapy, an attempt at reversing one’s sexual orientation. Pence also opposed repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, and he continues to support legislation’s ban on same-sex marriage.
In response to his policies perpetuating hatred, the peaceful protest encouraged “Daddy Pence” to come out and join the party.
The police and the Secret Service were making sure the demonstration remained peaceful, and after about an hour, the festivities dwindled by 8:30 pm.
Unfortunately, the vice president-elect was out with his wife having dinner with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
So did the festivities outside his vacant home make an impact? Nasr would say “yasssss.”
We’ve gotten so much press and we really appreciate it because it really
shows that love wins, regardless of whether or not he’s home. His
neighbors supported us; the community has really come out to really say
that we are here, we are queer, and we will dance.
If you weren’t able to attend the queer revelry, click on over to the next page for the video that puts you right in the middle of the action.