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More than 2K attend gay pride event in VP Pence’s hometown

April 15, 2018

Spencer Powell, of Bloomfield, Ind., takes part in the first-ever Columbus Pride Festival in downtown Columbus, Ind., Saturday, April 14, 2018. The festival was organized by Erin Bailey, a senior at Columbus Signature Academy New Tech High School, for her senior project. The Indiana high school student organized what's believed to be the first gay pride festival in Vice President Mike Pence's hometown. (Mike Wolanin /The Republic via AP)

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — A gay pride festival in Vice President Mike Pence’s Indiana hometown attracted more than 2,000 revelers who watched bands and drag queens perform.

Saturday’s festival in Columbus was believed to be a first for the city about 50 miles south of Indianapolis. The event was organized by local high school senior Erin Bailey, who identifies as bisexual.

Bailey tells The (Columbus) Republic she’s thrilled that between 2,000 and 3,000 people converged on Columbus’ downtown for the festival that featured bands, vendors and a drag queen competition.

Pence, who’s a conservative Christian, grew up in Columbus. He signed a 2015 law as Indiana’s governor that created a legal defense for businesses that objected to serving the LGBTQ community.

Lawmakers changed that law after it provoked a national backlash and boycott threats.

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Information from: The Republic, http://www.therepublic.com/

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