Michele Bachmann Glittered by Gay Activist
BY Advocate.com Editors
June 18 2011 3:05 PM ET
As Rep. Michele Bachmann left the stage after her speech at the conservative RightOnline conference in Minneapolis, a gay activist threw glitter at her, reports the Star Tribune.
The glitter attack was carried out by Minneapolis-based LGBT rights activist Rachel E.B. Lang. Lang rushed toward the stage as Bachmann was exiting and shouted, "You can run, but you can't hide," as she was removed by members of the event's security staff.
Lang released the statement explaining her stunt on the website for COLAGE, an organization for people with LGBT parents: "I’m Rachel E. B. Lang and today I 'glittered' Representative Michele Bachmann to draw attention to her anti-gay crusade against families like yours and mine. As the proud daughter of a lesbian mom living in the state of Minnesota, I know first hand how harmful Michele’s anti-gay rhetoric and policy positions can be.
"When I saw Bachmann today, I threw glitter in the air, and said, 'You can run, but you cannot hide! Keep your hate out of our Constitution!' — a reference to the You Can Run But You Cannot Hide ministry for which Bachmann has helped raise money and to a proposed ban on same-sex marriage in Minnesota. The ministry, a brainchild of rabidly anti-gay Bradlee Dean, charges thousands of dollars to speak at public school assemblies and evangelize young people based on a shocking and offensive anti-gay program.
"Bradlee Dean, the ministry’s founder and chief evangelist, was invited to give the opening prayer during the recent Minnesota legislative session that considered putting an anti-gay marriage amendment on the 2012 ballot. My mom is a Lutheran minister and has taught me the values of love and compassion that I so desperately wish Michele Bachmann and Bradlee Dean would cherish too.
"Throwing glitter in the air was a fun, safe way to draw attention to some very serious issues. Young people deserve the right to feel safe and respected, and have their families reflected at school. And I deserve the right to see my lesbian mom get married one day! I’m not willing to be silent about the vicious attacks on families like ours.
"I learned about Colage at the Netroots Nation in Minneapolis this weekend. I’m excited to be connected to a community of my peers who also have lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer parents and to join you in creating a world that celebrates all families!"
Bachmann is the latest Republican presidential hopeful to be targeted for glitter attacks by activists. In San Francisco Thursday two women dumped pink glitter and feathers on former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty during a book signing. Last month presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, were pelted with glittery confetti during a book signing in Minneapolis.
Watch video of the Bachmann glitter attack below.
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