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There’s A Gay Glitter Bomb Dance Party At Mike Pence’s House

LGBTQ activists plan to swarm the vice president-elect's home to protest his anti-gay record.

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Activists hold a queer dance party outside the NRA's headquarters in August — Jean van devanter White
Jan 18, 2017 at 4:08 PM ET

Update: Video from the dance party now included below.

Time to taste the rainbow, Mike Pence!

Hundreds of glittery LGBTQ activists plan to descend on the vice president-elect’s home on Wednesday evening, turning his bucolic block in Chevy Chase, Maryland, into a massive queer dance party.

“Expect to see rainbow suspenders, glitter, short shorts, and people spreading love and connection with one another,” said Firas Nasr, a founding organizer with WERK For Peace, one of the groups behind the blowout. “I personally will be twerking.”

 

 

Nearly 900 people are expected to join in the revelry, which doubles as a protest against Pence’s record on issues important to the gay community. A religious conservative, he remains an opponent of same-sex marriage and has supported the use of conversion therapy, a controversial treatment designed to change a person’s sexual orientation. As governor of Indiana, Pence also signed a religious freedom bill that allowed individuals and companies to refuse service to same-sex couples based on religious grounds.

“His record really speaks for itself,” Nasr told Vocativ in an interview. “It’s quite alarming.”

Started after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida last June, WERK For Peace aims to promote tolerance and cooperation through dance. The group has previously staged flash mobs on Capitol Hill as well as die-in to advocate for stricter gun control measures. In August, more than 100 people showed up for a dance-out in front of the NRA’s headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia.

“We’re using the street as our dance floor and using our bodies to assert that we are here,” Nasr said. “The government needs to respect that and support us.”