Indiana Governor Mike Pence Makes No Mention of LGBT People In Pride Proclamation

6a00d8341c730253ef01b8d0f3a16f970c-800wiIndiana Governor Mike Pence has just issued his first LGBT Pride proclamation welcoming residents and visitors to Indianapolis' Pride Celebrations taking place this month. Yet Pence oddly failed to make any mention of LGBT people, sexuality or gender identity in the letter. As Bil Browning of The Bilerico Project notes, "The words 'gay,' 'lesbian,' 'bisexual,' or 'transgender' aren't included anywhere."

The letter reads:


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.

Pence's failure should perhaps not be surprising given that he was behind "the most dangerous anti-LGBTQ law in the country" enacted earlier this year. Yet his very blatant erasure of anything LGBT from his Pride proclamation is made even more stunning when compared to Pride proclamations from past Republican governors as The New Civil Rights Movement notes:

In 2005, GOP Governor Mitch Daniels' Pride celebration letter began "Dear Friends," not, "Greetings."

"This celebration seeks to foster understanding and acceptance of individuals without regard to gender, gender identity, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any of the differences that too often divide us, in a state that urgently needs to confront its challenges with urgency of purpose," Daniels wrote.

And that was a decade ago.

[h/t Bilerico Project]


  1. Tim says

    Even with Caitlyn Jenner’s Golf Country Club welcoming her back with open arms this morning, simply being a gay male does not qualify for travel on rarified “Towleroad” So what’s the big deal?

  2. TampaZeke says

    ANYONE who goes to Pride in Indianapolis this year should be ashamed of themselves! Especially now that Pence has issued this insulting “proclamation”.

  3. John says

    Having been to Indianapolis for a conference a couple of years ago, this “‘proclamation” fits right in with the way my husband and I were treated. It is NOT a welcoming or inviting place. It is a dirty city filled with rather hateful and rude people.

    I hope to never return and I feel great pity for any LGBT folks who have to live there. My thoughts and hopes for a way out of that state are with you.

  4. StanD says

    Pence maintained a consistent 0% HRC score during his entire tenure in congress before he became governor. This should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to who the most anti-gay people in government are.

  5. Chris says

    I’m from Indianapolis, and John’s description of our city and its people is not accurate. We have work to do here, yes, but not everywhere is Portland or NYC. Indy is a lovely city with many amenities and a huge Pride festival that attracts over 100,000 people. The strong pushback against the RFRA bill by Hoosiers of all creeds is more representative of Indiana than our foolish governor’s ideological crusade.

  6. Rich says

    Used to live in Indiana and have been back to Indy for meetings. It remains about the dullest place imaginable and one of the most backward cities anywhere. the state and the city have horrible jingoist histories and there’s little evidence of forward movement.

  7. Acronym Jim says

    Are we sure this isn’t the standard yearly solicitation of convention business for the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce?

    Because that’s certainly the way it reads. Maybe Mikie screwed up and sent the real Pride Proclamation to the Indy CofC. It probably starts out “Dear Deviants…”

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