By Shawn Rice
Vice-President elect Mike Pence has been tied to a lot of stories recently regarding the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. These include allegations that Pence supports gay conversion therapy to his appearance at a performance of Hamilton. At that performance, Pence was confronted by an audience of boos and a call to engage in conversation by the case of Hamilton that left President-elect Donald Trump asking for an apology.
Now, there is an alleged photograph circulating social media that is supposedly “revealing” Pence’s gay past. However, the photo is manipulated to show Pence side by side with pornographic actor Brad Patton. Indeed, the photograph showing “a young Pence with his chest exposed” is a fake. The photo circulated on social media, along with the claim that it documented the vice president-elect’s “gay past.” Check it out below.
It would certainly be scandalous if true considering Pence’s strong conservative views but it is a hoax. From research done by Snopes, the man pictured on the right of the above-displayed photograph is not Pence. Rather, the photograph is Patton, a porn actor, and the original image was shared on MySpace by a colleague, Martin Mazza.
Regarding the Hamilton performance, Pence said the boos he faced were “what freedom sounds like.” Pence also did not criticize the show’s cast for addressing him from the stage after the play’s end Friday night, saying he was not offended and understood their message.
“I did hear what was said from the stage. I can tell you I wasn’t offended by what was said. I will leave to others whether that was the appropriate venue to say it,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Pence’s comments follow the below conversation started by one of Hamilton’s actors.
“We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights,” said actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, with the entire cast behind him. “We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”
Dixon said he spoke to Pence on behalf of the cast at the request of show producer Jeffrey Seller and has no regrets for being the face of Friday night’s controversial monologue.
“There’s nothing to apologize for,” the actor told “CBS This Morning.”
“When you have a platform, art is meant to bring people together and meant to raise consciousness. And when you have a platform like that, I told Jeffrey Seller after the show, I applaud you all for not ‘throwing away your shot,’ for taking a moment to spread a message of love, to spread a message of unity.”
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