Prizm News / August 13, 2018 / By Bob Vitale
Vice President Mike Pence campaigned in Toledo in September 2016. Hes coming back to raise money for Republican Jim Renacci, who’s running the U.S. Senate. (Above: Trump campaign photo via Facebook; top: White House photo)

For the second time this summer, the anti-LGBTQ vice president is visiting Ohio right as Pride begins in his host city.

 

By Bob Vitale

For the second time this summer, Vice President Mike Pence is visiting an Ohio city just as it kicks off its annual Pride celebration.

And for the second time this summer, he’ll be greeted by a dance party/protest calling attention to his record.

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The notoriously anti-LGBTQ Republican, dubbed “one of the greatest threats to equality” by the Human Rights Campaign, is heading to Northwest Ohio on Tuesday to raise money for a fellow Republican who’s challenging U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in the Nov. 6 election. It’s the same day as the official kickoff party for Toledo Pride.

There’s another party on the agenda now, too, though.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio is sharing plans on Facebook for a “Resist Pence ResistDance”—as in resistance, get it?—scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday on a public sidewalk near the junction of State Rt. 23 and I-75 in Perrysburg.

Pence is scheduled to attend a fundraiser for Republican Jim Renacci at an undisclosed private home in Perrysburg.

“Time and time again VP Pence has demonstrated his extreme beliefs about reproductive rights, LGBT+ rights and women’s rights,” organizers of the protest dance said on their event page. “Let’s stand up for the freedom to love who we want and to choose our own health care!”

Organizers say they’ll bring the tunes and water for participants. “All you have to do to participate is bring your signs, booties and bodies in the spirit of a dancing LGBT+ friendly protest!” The place is subject to change, so keep checking that event page.

In June, Pence visited Columbus to speak to a right-wing political group on the opening day of Columbus Pride. About 500 people attended an LGBTQ protest dance party on Gay Street across from the hotel where he spoke.

In Toledo, the Pence protest won’t be the only part of the day.

Equality Toledo will host the official Toledo Pride Kickoff Party on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Collingwood Arts Center. (Details here.)

It’s the first of a number of Pride Week events in Toledo:

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15

Bring your own white shirt or buy one at this event to tie-dye for a rainbow-colored fashion statement for the weekend. 6 p.m. at the Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo, 43620.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16

A Pride Week Multi-Faith Service for all faiths and all ages will honor and bless the start of Pride weekend. 7 p.m. at St. St Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1201 Madison Ave.,
Toledo43604.

 

Before all the fun starts on Friday, a 9 p.m. Candlelight Vigil will let everyone take a moment to honor the origins of Pride, the struggles and celebrations, those we’ve lost and those we support.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17

You Will Do Better in Drag is a show to raise money for Northwest Ohio Community Shares and Harvey House. The party starts at 7 p.m. at Promenade Park in Downtown Toledo.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18

Happy Pride, Toledo! The parade starts at noon and heads down Adams Street between Warren Street and Promenade Park. The festival runs from noon-11:45 p.m. at Promenade Park.

Georgjz After Pride Street Party will take place inside and outside the Adams Street gay bar. And 100% of the proceeds from the sale of beer, wine and liquor on the street go directly to Equality Toledo.

Mojo’s will host a Pride Weekend Foam Party from 9 p.m.-midnight.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19

The Big Rainbow Brunch Crawl, presented by the Village on Adams, runs from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Bob Vitale
A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, Bob has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, as a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.