Hundreds of people met at the Friendship Heights Metro on Wednesday evening, many wearing their best glitter, rainbow, and metallic gear, for a dance party with purpose—to twerk at Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s rental house.
“We are exercising our First Amendment right to express that we feel that homophobia and transphobia is wrong and should be resisted,” Firas Nasr, a founding organizer of WERK for Peace, told DCist earlier this week. They chose Chevy Chase, Pence’s temporary home, to protest his anti-LGBTQ record, including his staunch opposition to gay marriage and signing of an Indiana bill that allowed businesses to discriminate against LGBT individuals in his state.
Nasr’s group co-organized the event with DisruptJ20, serving as the first major action for the D.C. Counter-Inaugural Committee.
And dance they did, for about an hour and a half—though not exactly on Pence’s lawn. Instead, they posted up a few blocks away and quickly drew the attention of neighbors.
“I love this,” 76-year-old Chevy Chase resident Mary Ann Carmody told The Washington Post. “I love the world. It’s wonderful to see people on the street like this. We’re lucky we can do this.”