Vice President Mike Pence was greeted by a row of fluttering rainbow flags as he was driven to meet Iceland’s President Gudni Johannesson on Wednesday.
The Advania technology company ― located in the building opposite Hofdi House in the capital Reykjavik, where Pence convened with Johannesson ― swapped its own flags for Pride ones on the morning of Pence’s visit.
“We just felt the need to celebrate diversity today and wanted to show that by flying the flags,” said Ægir Már Þórisson, the company’s director, according to the Iceland Monitor website. Bloomberg’s White House correspondent Justin Sink shared photos of Pence’s convoy passing the display to Twitter:
so at his stop at Höfði (house where Reagan-Gorbachev summit in Reykjavík occurred), @vp was met by this not-so-subtle display and then the mayor said he grieved the loss of the INF treaty that emerged from the summit but was recently withdrawn from by the trump administration pic.twitter.com/89P8nQmupc
— Justin Sink (@justinsink) September 4, 2019
People on social media also noticed how Johannesson and first lady Eliza Reid donned rainbow bracelets while meeting Pence:
Johannesson often wears the bracelet, however, so it is not known whether it was a specific commentary on Pence’s history of pursuing an anti-LGBTQ agenda.