Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims (D), the state’s first openly gay lawmaker, posted a photo on Facebook with a preface of “OFFICIAL WELCOME” ahead of Pence’s visit to Philadelphia on Tuesday for a GOP fundraiser, giving him the middle finger.
“To be clear, we’re a City of soaring diversity. We believe in the power of all people to live and to contribute: Black, Brown, Queer, Trans, Atheist, Immigrant, we want you and we’ll respect you,” Sims wrote in the post.
“So keep that in mind while you’re here raising money to attack more families, spread more lies, blaspheme with your bible, and maybe even talk to a woman without your wife in the room,” he continued. “We have plenty of them, and they’re pretty much all more powerful and more real than you have ever been.”
“So…get bent, then get out!” Sims added.
The Hill added:
The vice president has faced criticism from the LGBTQ community in the past: As governor of Indiana, he signed the 2015 Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law, which advocates said could encourage discrimination against LGBTQ individuals.
And Trump once reportedly joked that Pence “wants to hang” all gay people.