One of the greatest things about the swearing-in of the 116th Congress this week was the incredible diversity of the new class.
Much was made online of just the photos of the new House of Representatives alone—filled with far more than we’re used to seeing.
The majority GOP Senate, of course, was a different story.
But it wasn’t without some newfound diversity of its own—and one freshman Senator in particular made Vice President Mike Pence almost visibly strain to remain upbeat.
And it was… delicious.
Homophobe Mike Pence had to swear in Kyrsten Sinema, the first out bisexual Senator in history, on a law book and not a bible. He seems uncomfortable and she’s having fun with it. This is everything. pic.twitter.com/1VxBsK1l0u
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) January 4, 2019
New Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema is everything Mike Pence can’t abide:
not only openly bisexual, but openly uninterested in Jesus.
In fact, she’s the first Senator to be openly religiously unaffiliated—and only the second to be openly queer (after Senator Tammy Baldwin, who is a lesbian).
Sinema was even sworn in differently—not on a Bible, but on a simple volume that contained the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Arizona.
Even Sinema’sElle Woods-ian outfit drew attention for being low-key subversive—Huffington Post even provided a detailed explanation of how Sinema’s ensemble—from the form-fitting skirt to the platinum curls—delves into the “high femme” esthetics of queer and lesbian culture.
So if you’re taking tallies, that’s an openly bisexual, openly irreligious woman dressed in high femme queer regalia being sworn in by a virulently homophobic, wildly misogynistic, Christian extremist advocate for gay reparative therapy.
*presses play on national anthem*
Oh—and she even made a veiled gay marriage joke about the tape marks on the floor, one of which is for the Congressperson’s spouse.
“Can I get a spouse?” she asked the crowd as Pence tried to seem game and laugh along.
LOL MIKEY YOU’RE THE BUTT OF THE JOKE THO LOL.
And the internet was DELIGHTED:
Kyrsten Sinema, the first openly bisexual Senator in U.S. history, has been sworn into office. By anti-queer Pence. While swearing in on a law book instead of a bible. This whole picture is poetic. #ChangeIsComing pic.twitter.com/r51ytfKc62
— Gabrielle Faust (@Gabrielle_Faust) January 4, 2019
TWENTYBITEEN IS HERE AND QUEER https://t.co/ihJCsYO4ko
— funky fresh father (@villatrach) January 5, 2019
Best moment of week for America.
Worst moment of the week for Mike Pence.https://t.co/zGUTsEsESo
— Punish Mike Pence (@PunishPence) January 5, 2019
OMG, Pence’s soul must be melting away at such a “scandalous” swear-in. If people put a hand on the bible then they should know what it teaches!
— chris watson (@chriswatson1229) January 4, 2019
Good Lord almighty. Marry me, please? https://t.co/UaOl0ZC2Vr
— Ashleigh Robertson (@ashleighdiane86) January 4, 2019
I’m surprised Mike Pence’s hand didn’t burst into flames
— Pedro G (@StPeterGates) January 3, 2019
As it should be done. This is a legislative branch not a church.
— Kim Piazza (@kikigolf69) January 4, 2019
God bless her God bless her family and God bless all of her friends and the courage to come forward and be open about who she truly is amen. https://t.co/jMWQheQ7cn
— FRANKIE CASTELLUCCIO. (@FRANKIECASTEL15) January 4, 2019
I have such a crush. https://t.co/BD0WG3oaBN
— Dr. Tassy (@tassynicole) January 4, 2019
I’m so happy to see @SenatorSinema sworn in by Mr Conversion Therapy. Not only is she the first openly bisexual senator, but secondly openly LGBTQIA senator! I hope he hated it! Give them hell Senator! We’re all rooting for you! You rock! https://t.co/CgeKvyifPl
— Sr Mari Avon Trapp (@MariAvonTrapp) January 4, 2019
Looks like the queerest and most diverse Congress in history is off to rollicking start!