When you think of protests, you’d be forgiven for not immediately thinking of dancing and glitter – but this wasn’t any old demonstration.
Instead this was a Queer Dance Party, held outside Ivanka Trump’s house to protest the Trump administration’s executive orders about the environment as well as its attitude towards the LGBTQ community.
— remmagolds (@rg0lds) April 1, 2017
Last week, Trump signed an executive order regarding the environment. Officials told CNN it prioritised protecting American jobs over regulating climate change, and it also rolls back many Obama-era executive orders geared towards curbing climate change and cutting emissions.
The logistics of the Gay Dance Party in front of Ivanka's house. pic.twitter.com/xobAtv5oKE
— Ashley Rae (@Communism_Kills) April 1, 2017
In protest against this, nonprofit group WERK for Peace staged what they call a Queer Dance Party outside Ivanka Trump’s house in Washington DC, days after she became an official employee of the White House.
— Martha Neuman (@MWNeuman) April 1, 2017
The event’s Facebook page says: “The reality is that the people most affected by the administration’s bad climate decisions are our most vulnerable friends: our poor, working class, native, trans & POC siblings. We must put our bodies on the line for our earth and for all who depend on its resources.”
— Anthony Torres (@avtorres4) April 1, 2017
The organisers definitely held the event with a healthy helping of humour. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson lives next door to Trump, and the Facebook page says protesters are going “to Rexi and Ivanka-poo’s neighbourhood to send the clear message that our climate and our communities matter.”
— (((Evan Weber))) (@evanlweber) April 2, 2017
WERK for Peace was created in the aftermath of the June 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, and uses dance to promote peace. So this is by no means the first time it has organised a queer dance party – days before he was sworn into office, protesters boogied in front of Mike Pence’s DC home.
WUSA reported that police put barricades in front of Trump’s home and the event had ended peacefully.
— Alexis Goldstein (@alexisgoldstein) April 2, 2017
And don’t worry: the glitter used during the dance party was biodegradable.