As Mike Pence prepares to enter the White House, his new neighbors in Washington D.C. are making their stances clear by hanging rainbow flags outside their houses.
The VP-elect is currently renting a house in Chevy Chase, a swanky part of town, and won’t move into the official governmental residence until he takes office. Yesterday, Suzanne Kennedy from ABC 7 posted a picture of rainbow flags cropping up around the neighborhood, and CNN confirmed that there were about half a dozen flags on the street.
Pence is notoriously anti-LGBT; this will be a vice president who believes in gay conversion therapy and criticizes transgender bathroom rights. The flags make a tasteful yet direct statement: that Pence’s anti-LGBT ideas are not welcome. Local resident Ilse Heintzen called the display “a respectful message showing, in my case, my disagreement with some of his thinking.”
This also isn’t the first time Pence has faced public defiance against his policies; recently, the cast of Broadway hit Hamilton addressed Pence directly after the show, expressing their hopes that the VP will “uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.” [CNN]