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Hundreds of young queers and allies marched through the Washington D.C. suburb of Chevy Chase neighborhood Wednesday evening as part of a queer dance party protesting Mike Pence, the anti-LGBTQ Vice President-elect. Attendees waved rainbow flags, held protest signs, wore pink crocheted pussy hats while hundreds of cameras and mobile phones recorded the action.
You can watch Alejandro Alvarez’s hour long broadcast of the queer dance party protesting Mike Pence (at the time of publication it had over 9,500 views). Here are some of his video’s highlights:
— Alexander Rubinstein (@AlexR_DC) January 18, 2017
Early into the march, one of the party organizers—a bespectacled man in rainbow suspenders, black leotards and denim booty shorts—turned down the volume of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” to address the crowd. He said in part:
We have a nice small army of Trump supporters. We are gonna smile and send them love and compassion. Is that okay? The police chief for the city is here—he wants us to dance! That’s right love wins!… We do not need to interact with the Trump supporters. We do not need to feed their energy. We do not need to feed their bigotry and hate.
Later on, this person climbed onto an elevated platform above the crowd and began twerking, much to the crowd’s delight. Here’s a video of said twerking:
— Michelle Basch (@mbaschWTOP) January 19, 2017
Alvarez’s footage then shows young queers bouncing and singing along to Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance”, Madonna’s “Vogue” and Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” as they make their way down the street.
Eventually, the party came to a standstill in front of several residential houses, though Alvarez said that Pence’s house was further down the street protected behind police line. The aforementioned organizer later got on the mic and lead the group in a chant of “Daddy Pence, come dance!” and “We are here, we are queer, we will dance, (clap, clap, clap).”
The party eventually moved to Cobalt, a multilevel D.C. gay club. But before the crowd dispersed, the organizer said, “Remember, in times like these, you are loved, you are worthy, you are valuable, you are powerful and you are queer!”
The queer dance party protesting Mike Pence was organized by WERK for Peace and DisruptJ20. You can also watch about an hour and forty minutes of party footage posted by FOX 5 below.
(featured image via Michelle Basch)