Indiana Governor Mike Pence has issued a brief letter welcoming attendees of Indianapolis' 9-day LGBT Pride festival.

Indy Pride kicks off Friday with a performance by Lady Bunny, the legendary founder of Wigstock, and runs through Saturday, June 13. Leading Saturday's parade will be Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.

Earlier this week, Chris Morehead, president of Indy Pride, Inc., which organizes the yearly event, told media outlets that Pence, a Republican, had not sent a welcome letter to his group.

The governor's letter, shared on Wednesday, was most notable for what it overlooked, in particular a mention of Indiana's LGBT community or the event's purpose.

Pence instead welcomed visitors by saying that he was confident they will come to know the state's “famous Hoosier Hospitality” and suggested visits to the Indianapolis Zoo and White River State Park.

The Indiana Democratic Party described the letter as “just another bland, ill-fated, and out of touch attempt at trying to restore his favorability after he nearly destroyed Indiana's reputation,” a reference to Pence's support for a so-called religious freedom law that opponents claimed would allow businesses to discriminate against gay couples. After various businesses threatened to boycott the state, Pence asked lawmakers to rewrite the bill to include LGBT protections.