Michele Bachmann has just joined Newt Gingrich and Tim Pawlenty as the latest anti-gay politician and presidential hopeful to get glittered. Bachmann was speaking at RightOnline, a conservative conference taking place in a nearby hotel at the same time as Netroots Nation, when she got her turn to feel the rainbow.
Pro-LGBT activist Rachel E. B. Lang said, “You can run, but you cannot hide!” as she glittered Bachmann. The statement was in reference to “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide” ministry, an anti-gay group in Minnesota for which Bachmann has helped raise money. The group has used deception to spread their in public schools, funded by public school dollars.
Rachel explained the motivation for glittering Bachmann in a statement put out by GetEQUAL:
“My response to Michele Bachmann’s hateful and anti-gay rhetoric was light-hearted, but these issues are very serious,” said Minnesota resident Rachel E. B. Lang, today’s glitterer. “Bachmann’s support of groups like You Can Run But You Cannot Hide show exactly how extremist she is — she in no way represents the values of Minnesota and certainly does not represent the values of America.”
Lang is straight and a lawyer in Minneapolis, and has several gay family members, including her mother and her 75-year-old uncle who recently married his 75-year-old same-sex partner in Iowa.
“As long as Michele Bachmann and other out-of-touch politicians are attacking my family and limiting my freedom, there will be more and more glitterings across the country,” said Lang. “Today I welcomed Bachmann into the Glitter Hall of Fame and, until these politicians stop their anti-gay attacks on families like mine, people will continue to stand up for equality and the freedom to love whoever they want.”
Update: Check out this video via Bilerico of Rachel talking about the glittering:
Rachel: My mother is very happy with what I did. I’m very proud to have a lesbian mother and I wish that she could get married in this state, but politicians like Michele Bachmann have prevented that from happening.
Reporter: Barack Obama is opposed to. Would you throw glitter on Barack Obama?
Rachel: I disagree with Barack Obama on a lot of things. If he were here I would glitter him too. I think it would be harder to get that close to the president, though… Any politician who doesn’t want gays to be able to get married should be glittered… I hope that people across America will take the glitterati movement to every politician who won’t stand up for gay rights.