A gay pride event that organizers believe to be the first of its kind in Vice President Mike Pence’s hometown of Columbus, Indiana drew a crowd of more than 2,000 people Saturday.
According to The Associated Press, the festival was organized by 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.
The vice president has a long reputation of holding anti-gay views and as governor used his power against the LGBTQ community:
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.