Bachmann takes glitter protest in stride (with photo)

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 18, 2011 - 2:53 PM

Michele Bachmann was sprinkled with glitter by a gay-rights activist while leaving the stage.

Photo: Jim Gehrz, Dml - Star Tribune

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Michele Bachmann is the latest presidential hopeful who has been "glittered."

The Minnesota Congress member was the target of a one-woman glitter toss Saturday as Bachmann strode across the stage in downtown Minneapolis after giving a speech during the two-day pump-up of conservatives at the RightOnline Conference.

The protest was carried out by Minneapolis gay-rights activist Rachel E.B. Lang, who approached Bachmann and twice flung glitter toward her.

Bachmann continued her stride unbroken and kept her eyes fixed on people she intended to greet.

"You can run, but you can't hide," Lang shouted as a member of security hustled her away.

"My response to Michele Bachmann's hateful and anti-gay rhetoric was light-hearted, but these issues are very serious," Lang said in a statement issued in a news release. "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's choice of words was in reference to the "You Can Run But You Cannot Hide" ministry that is pushing for a ban on same-sex marriage in Minnesota.

On Thursday in San Francisco, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty was the target of two women who dumped pink glitter and feathers on the presidential candidate as he signed copies of his book, "Courage to Stand."

A similar scene played out last month at a Minneapolis hotel, when GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista were showered with glittery confetti by a protester during a book-signing.

Lang, who is straight but has numerous gay relatives, said she's pleased to welcome 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."

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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