Carson’s viral photo is just the latest incident of internet mockery aimed at Pence from the LGBTQ community.
Just last week, a neighbor of Pence’s Colorado vacation home hung a “Make America Gay Again” rainbow flag on a stone pillar near the vice president’s driveway. The story quickly blew up on both LGBTQ and mainstream media.
Last January, a “queer dance party” erupted outside the then-vice president elect’s Washington, D.C. home. The event was organized by Werk For Peace, a “grassroots movement using dance to promote peace,” BuzzFeed reported.
“This is our dance party!” supporters yelled in the street. “Daddy Pence, come dance!”
The dance parties, rainbow flags, and side-eyes are all in good fun, of course — but LGBTQ people also understand that Pence’s record on queer rights is no joke.
In the past, the vice president has supported conversion therapy — which promotes the lie that LGBTQ sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression — particularly in children — can and should be changed through “therapy.” Many consider it a form of child abuse that can ruin and even end lives.
Pence is fervently anti-marriage equality and opposed the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” He allowed an HIV outbreak to flourish in rural Indiana as governor and once voted against measures to protect LGBTQ people from employment discrimination. Pence also claimed government “has no business” guaranteeing that transgender students have the right to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender.
Now, as the second-most politically powerful person in the U.S., his abhorrent record on equal rights has alarmed LGBTQ advocates across the country. For queer people, his vision for the future of America is certainly worth resisting.
But sometimes, resisting can entail smaller actions, like dance parties, clever “MAGA” slogans, and — yes — some serious side-eye.