Bil Browning

IN Guv Issues Pride Welcome, Forgets LGBT People

Filed By Bil Browning | June 03, 2015 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Politics
Tags: Circle City Pride, Indiana, Mike Pence, pride festival, welcome letter

Indiana Governor Mike Pence, the far right conservative who signed and defended the state's controversial "religious freedom" bill that allowed businesses to deny service to LGBT people, issued his first pro-LGBT proclamation this morning - a welcome letter for the Indianapolis pride festival.

One problem: He forgot to mention anything at all about LGBT people.

The words "gay," "lesbian," "bisexual," or "transgender" aren't included anywhere in the letter. Instead, the Governor put out a cut and paste welcome traditionally given to out of state conference organizers that welcomes local residents as if they were visitors to Indiana.

It encourages attendees to visit local attractions "during your stay." "I am confident that you will come to know a vibrant city," it says as if attendees had never been there before.


Is it any wonder that adding nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people "is not a priority of this administration?" Hell, Governor Pence can't even be bothered to say the name of our community. He has words for out of state visitors, but nothing for the locals he supposedly represents.

A copy and transcription of the letter are after the break.



On behalf of the people of Indiana, welcome to Indianapolis. I am confident that those of you who traveled from out of state will come to know our famous Hoosier Hospitality.

Our state's capital city is well known as a destination for conventions, festivals, business meetings and other events. In fact, a recent USA TODAY Reader's Choice digital poll ranked Indianapolis as the Best Convention City in the country.

Like so many other organizations who continue to use Indianapolis as their destination of choice, I am confident you will come to know a vibrant city.

During your stay, please explore the many entertainment options Indianapolis has to offer such as our museums, restaurants, theaters, historic landmarks, White River State Park, and the Indianapolis Zoo, just to name a few.

So, once again, welcome to Indiana. We hope you enjoy your stay.


Mike Pence

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