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VP Mike Pence's hometown has its first Pride Festival

Columbus, Indiana celebrated an LGBT milestone; it’s first Gay Pride Festival.
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Not much has been addressed in the Trump administration about LGBT issues other than the president’s trans military ban that keeps getting delayed.

Often noted as the most anti-gay administration in history, the Trump team has been picked apart by LGBT community leaders and political allies who pinpoint the most conservative members of the cabinet and that includes Vice President Mike Pence.

But this past weekend the vice president’s hometown of Columbus, Indiana celebrated an LGBT milestone; it’s first ever Gay Pride Festival.

It was a colorful affair with music, food and plenty of entertainment the likes of which the small town has probably never seen.

It may not seem like much, but considering Pence signed a 2015 religious freedom bill which made it okay to discriminate against LGBT customers, the event says something about where he comes from.

Even more commendable is that the festival was not organized by a huge company or corporation, but an 18-year-old high school senior named Erin Baily who wants to make the town more accepting of everyone.  

“We've never had anything like this in Columbus and were such a town with diversity and we have such a great community," said Bailey. "I thought that I should do something like this for it."

As for what Vice President thinks about the event, he gave accolades to Bailey for her involvement through his press secretary. 

"Vice President Pence commends Erin Bailey for her activism and engagement in the civic process. As a proud Hoosier and Columbus native, he's heartened to see young people from his hometown getting involved in the political process," press secretary Alyssa Farah told CNN.