Activist groups hold 'Queer Dance Party' near VP-elect Mike Pence's D.C. house
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
Wednesday night several hundred protesters got as close as the Secret Service would allow to Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s house. They say they came to send a message about gay and transgender rights.
Advertised on Facebook as the “Queer Dance Party at Mike Pence’s House,” the protest featured far more music and dancing than angry chants.
“[Dance] is very powerful in spreading happiness, love, and acceptance I think,” said protester Dimitry Meister.
Protesters say they are upset about past actions by Pence on gay rights, including his signing of an Indiana law meant to keep businesses from having to participate in gay weddings. Pence later signed a modification of that law that made it less upsetting to gay rights groups.
Many of the protesters met at the Friendship Heights Metro Station, then walked more than a mile northeast on Western Avenue until arriving at Tennyson Street, where the Pence family has been living temporarily.
DC Police and the Secret Service blocked Tennyson and kept the protesters about a tenth of a mile from the home.
One reporter told ABC7 News that Pence’s vehicle was seen leaving the neighborhood before the protesters arrived.
Pence returned to the home a little after 10:00 p.m. after attending an inaugural dinner.
ABC7 News was live on Facebook during the dance party. Watch below: