Reporting from Clarion, Iowa — Protesters crashed Michele Bachmann's meet and greet with voters at a Pizza Ranch restaurant in this small Iowa town Sunday, waving rainbow flags and signs to draw attention to what they say are a high number of LGBT suicides in Bachmann's Minnesota congressional district.
"I'm very opposed to a lot of her stances on social issues," said Quentin Hill, 18, a University of Iowa student who organized the protest, bringing about 10 friends to sit among the crowd of about 40 in Bachmann's third event of the day, where she shook hands and signed autographs.
In one area, he said, there have been 12 teen suicides in the last two years, and nine have been LGBT students. "Her congressional district has one of the highest suicide rates in the country and over and over again, she's been addressed at events about it, and she has always beat around the bush as to why she hasn't taken action."
As Bachmann passed through the room, shaking hands, signing autographs and exhorting people to vote Jan. 3, the students waited for Bachmann to take questions. When she didn't, they waited outside with two rainbow flags, waving them as Bachmann boarded her big blue bus and pulled away. An older woman, Luann Krabbe, waved a sign that said "gay-friendly iowan," which Bachmann had signed in black pen.