LGBT campaigners from Iceland ask not to let Mile Pence come


The president of the biggest LGBT rights organization in Iceland believes that letting the VP of the United States, who has represented himself as a prominent opponent of LGBT rights, visit their country would be considered as nothing rather than the act of disrespect towards the Icelandic queer population. Þorbjörg Þorvaldsdóttir, the leader of the biggest national queer organization, Samtökin ’78, says that she and the whole community she represents is deeply offended that a person who has signed so many laws limiting LGBT people in their basic rights is now going to come to their country for a polite conversation about business and politics. People from Iceland have also spoken out on social media, with one writing on Twitter: “I hope my fellow Icelanders will join me by telling him that he is NOT welcome in our country!” “Iceland had been a leader in LGBTQ rights. Given the repressive beliefs of [Pence] and his wife when it comes to the rights of anyone to celebrate love, I strongly urge [prime minister of Iceland Katrín Jakobsdóttir] to dis-invite them and ban them from visiting Iceland,” wrote another.


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