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Iceland Trolled Mike Pence By Greeting Him With Rainbow Flags

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Iceland's president and first lady were wearing rainbow bracelets for their meeting with anti-LGBTQ Pence. 

Notoriously anti-LGBTQ Mike Pence was trolled in Iceland by a row of rainbow flags as he arrived Wednesday to meet President Gudni Johannesson.

The tech company Advania, located in the capital city of Reykjavik across from Hofdi House where Pence's meeting with Johannesson was set, purposefully swapped out its flags for the VP's visit, according to theIceland Monitor.

"We just felt the need to celebrate diversity today and wanted to show that by flying the flags," said AEgir Mar Thorisson.

Beyond Advania purposefully hoisting rainbow flags, social media users noted that Johannesson and First Lady Eliza Reid wore rainbow bracelets. Although, the president often wears the bracelet in support of LGBTQ people, so it's not clear if he donned it especially for Pence's visit.

Earlier in the week, Pence visited Ireland, where he met with the country's gay taoiseach, Leo Varadkar. There, Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, who works for an anti-LGBTQ school, dined with Varadkar and his partner, Dr. Mike Barrett.

Pence's anti-LGBTQ history includes signing a "religious freedom," a.k.a. "license to discriminate," bill as governor of Indiana. He also suggested funneling funds from HIV programs to those dedicated to changing sexual behavior, opposed marriage equality, and voted against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act while serving in Congress. Earlier this year, Pence defended his wife's decision to work at a school that does not accept LGBTQ kids or staff members.

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