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Here are some of the best Pride photos from Mike Pence’s hometown

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Organizer Erin Bailey at Pride | Photo: Twitter @erindigsplants

Over the weekend, Columbus, Indiana held its very first Pride. The place also happens to be the hometown of one Vice President Mike Pence, known for his anti-LGBTQ politics.

Pence said he was ‘proud’ of his hometown.

Alyssa Farah, a representative for Pence, said: ‘Vice President Pence commends Erin Bailey [organizer of Columbus Pride] for her activism and engagement in the civic process.

‘As a proud Hoosier and Columbus native, [Pence] is heartened to see young people from his hometown getting involved in the political process.’

The power to summon an army of queers

Though Pence said he supported the event, he didn’t attend and there was still plenty of references to the Veep throughout the day.

One of the most visibile was Mike ‘Hot’ Pence himself making an appearance!

Mike Hot Pence at Columbus Pride

Just look at those legs | Photo: Instagram @mikehotpence

He came out with his trademark outfit — a suit sans pants and a rainbow tie. He also carried around a jar taking donations for LGBTQ youth.

Plenty of people walked around taking pictures with him too.

Mike Hot Pence with attendees in Columbus

Mike Hot Pence with attendees | Photo: Instagram @emma.the.teal.tiger

Everyone else also brought out their best for the day.

It was a rousing success and a huge win for the town of 46,850 people.

Drag performer August Celestial showed up and had a grand time.

Drag star August Celestial in Columbus

August Celestial in Columbus | Photo: Instagram @august.celestial

‘This weekend Columbus Indiana held their first ever pride ever and they tore it UP!!!’ Celestial wrote on Instagram. ‘I am so incredibly proud of @erinlikesplants who started this whole thing! Girl you now have the power to summon an army of queers!!’

People during the Columbus parade

People during the parade | Photo: Instagram @tony.vasquez_

Friends under a rainbow arch in Columbus

Under a rainbow arch | Photo: Instagram @_.wade_hall._

‘I’m lucky to be living in a time where love is ok to love,’ one user, Wade Hall, wrote.

‘Love comes in colors, shapes, sizes, that’s what so great about it. We all seem to be caught up in it. Though it seems to be as if this world doesn’t have enough. No matter the age, we should be taught to love. Love will make our home a better place.’

There was still criticism of Pence, though.

Organizer Erin Bailey also took to Twitter, thanking everyone for turning out.

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