The king of anti-gay, Vice President-elect Michael Pence, is getting an eyeful of disagreement as his Northwest Washington D.C. neighbors fly rainbow flags. Before becoming second-in-command to Donald Trump, the Indiana governor was a rabid advocate against the LGBTQ community.
Residents on NW Washington Street where VP Elect Pence is renting a house are sending him a symbolic message. More residents may hang flags pic.twitter.com/fldYsMoP6i
— Suzanne Kennedy (@ABC7Suzanne) November 30, 2016
When Governor Pence ran in 2000, he wrote on his campaign site that he was in favor of sending money allocated to care for people with HIV/AIDS to organizations that provide conversion therapy. Under the title of “Strengthening American Families,” he wrote:
‘Congress should oppose any effort to put gay and lesbian relationships on an equal legal status with heterosexual marriage.
‘Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homosexual’s as a “discreet and insular minority” entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities.
‘Congress should support the reauthorization of the Ryan White Care Act only after completion of an audit to ensure that federal dollars were no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus. Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.’
One of his new neighbors on the block where Pence is renting a home, Ilse Heintzen, responded to Pence’s harsh LGBTQ stance, according to ABC’s local affiliate WJLA:
‘A respectful message showing, in my case, my disagreement with some of his thinking.’
Pence moved near Heintzen’s home where he will live on a temporary basis until he makes the move next year to the Vice President’s mansion, which is located on the Naval Observatory grounds.
When one of Heintzen’s neighbors suggested ordering a pride flag, she and other neighbors agreed and ordered their own. Heintzen has gay and lesbian friends:
‘I have no idea what (the Vice-President-Elect) will think about, but I hope he will change his mind.’
Right now there are about half of a dozen pride flags hanging on Pence’s new block, and more will be appearing soon. Heintzen is exercising her First Amendment right of free expression and said:
‘This is one way that I can show my disagreement.’
When ABC7 contacted the transition team’s public relations people for a comment from Pence, there was no response.
Check out this video about Pence and his new neighbors: