More than 2,000 people turned up to celebrate Pride in Mike Pence’s hometown

(NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images) More than 2,000 people celebrated LGBT equality in the hometown of Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday.

Erin Bailey, an 18-year-old high school student from Columbus, Indiana, organised the Columbus Pride festival in an effort to prove that Pence’s notoriously anti-LGBT views do not represent all of his hometown.

The community turned out in force to celebrate the town’s LGBT community over the weekend, despite its most famous resident’s beliefs.

More than 2,000 people attended the Columbus Pride festival – roughly 5 percent of the town’s population.

The town was coated in Pride flags for the event, as LGBT people and allies flooded the streets to celebrate love. Pence was apparently too busy to attend the festival, although it was attended by Mike Hot-Pence – a Pence impersonator who wears tight hot pants.

The impersonator, real name Glen Pannell, posed for photos with many Columbus residents while collecting donations for the LGBT Indiana Youth Group – raising a total of $658 to help young queer kids.He wrote: “Last year Erin Bailey had a vision. She didn’t want Mike Pence to represent Columbus, Indiana. She wanted Columbus to represent Columbus.“She imagined a party downtown—the city’s first-ever Pride Festival—with some good food and […]