The hardest thing I had to do over the past twenty-four hours was keep my lips zipped about this, once I’d got the advance word from a friend of a friend:

Shortly after a speech at the RightOnline conference, pro-LGBT activist Rachel E. B. Lang approached [Republican US Representative Michele] Bachmann, threw glitter in the air, and said, “You can run, but you cannot hide! Keep your hate out of our Constitution!” — a reference to the “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide” ministry for which Bachmann has helped raise money and to a proposed ban on same-sex marriage in Minnesota. The ministry, a brainchild of rabidly anti-gay Bradlee Dean, charges thousands of dollars to speak at public school assemblies and evangelize young people based on a shocking and offensive anti-gay program.

Personally, I think it would have been better if Ms. Lang had been able to really glitter up Bachmann the way Nick Espinosa glittered up Newt Gingrich, but from the way the RightOnline crowd reacted you’d think that Bachmann had been hit with holy water and was writhing in pain onstage. Even the minimal amount of glitter used did the trick — it’s drawn public (and legacy media) attention to Bachmann’s antigay record and to her palling around with Bradlee Dean, things that might please the Republican base but which she’s not going to want to have to explain to general-election voters:

After Bachmann concluded her speech at the RightOnline conference, pro-LGBT activist Rachel E. B. Lang approached her and threw glitter in the air saying, “You can run, but you cannot hide! Keep your hate out of our Constitution!”

This was a reference to the “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide” ministry for which Bachmann helped raise money for as well as a stand against the proposed ban of same sex marriage in Minnesota.

The “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide” ministry is an anti-gay ministry that charges thousands of dollars to speak at school and essentially scares students into being straight.

Ken Avidor of Dump Bachmann has more on the Bachmann-Bradlee Dean connection here.