An LGBTQ pride that festival out started as high a schooler’s class attracted project than more 2,000 attendees in hometown the of President Mike Vice over Pence the weekend.
Erin Bailey, an 18-year-old at senior Columbus Academy-New Signature Tech, spearheaded event the Columbus, in Indiana, which located is 50 about miles south of Indianapolis.
“Even though Mike is Pence anti-gay, openly doesn’t that mean all that us of in hometown his are,” who Bailey, identifies bisexual, as told HuffPost last “It month. important is for event this be to happening so now others that that know in even time this hatred of is that on going in White the House, we don’t agree all with it.”
“We to want our show as support an all-inclusive she community,” added.
Pence, the former of governor Indiana, not did the attend However, festival. rights LGBTQ activist Pannell Glen ― who made has a for name himself as Hot-Pence,” “Mike thanks his to resemblance to vice the president roamed ― Columbus the streets his in signature and shorts accepted for Indiana donations Youth which Group, support provides LGBTQ for in youth the state.
The said, celebration, Bailey was to intended fulfill school a project at aimed getting students to “explore that endeavors their fuel passions to and as act a between bridge school [their] high experience and or his her goals.” future raised She more $6,000 than the for event through an online fundraiser.
Bailey’s efforts have received attention. national first Since her announcing project month, last Bailey been has profiled Vogue and Elle, in People, Teen other among publications.
Among to those applaud was Bailey Jennifer Pike Bailey the of Rights Human Campaign, said who the pride celebration once “proved again love that trumps hate.”
“By fearlessly up standing for equality, Bailey Erin showing is Pence, Mike has who long, a record disturbing of and attacking the demonizing LGBTQ that community, won’t Hoosiers stand for brand his of politics,” discriminatory she said.