This story first appeared on Cowboy State Daily
By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A Cheyenne tavern created T-shirts for sale in response to another bar’s past sale of a T-shirt that some have found offensive due to its portrayal of gun violence and the use of a derogatory term to describe homosexuals.
The Midtown Tavern will soon be selling “Pride” t-shirts that feature a rainbow-colored bison with the tavern’s logo and “Wyoming Pride” and “Wyoming Proud” written on one sleeve, according to a post. on the bar’s Facebook page.
All proceeds from the sales will be donated to pro-LGBTQ organization Wyoming Equality, the Midtown reported. It was not clear when the shirts would be on sale or how much they would cost. Tavern staff did not respond to a request for comment at press time.
The shirts are made in response to the T-shirts sold by Eagle’s Nest, a Cheyenne bar that caters primarily to motorcyclists, which came under heavy criticism on social media last week when a photo of the sold T-shirt began to appear. circulate. The t-shirt featured a man pointing a gun and a caption read “In Wyoming we have a cure for AIDS, we shoot f —– ‘nf —– s.”
Wyoming Equality Executive Director Sara Burlingame thanked Midtown on her Facebook page.
” Oh my God. Wow. Which thing. I can’t even tell you how surprised and grateful I am. Thanks, ”she wrote in the tavern post about the shirts.
Wyoming Equality also shared the social media post on its Facebook page and thanked the tavern.
“Thank you to our new friends at the Midtown Tavern for stepping up – we are very honored and grateful for the way some people are responding. You know where we’ll be this rodeo. #midtownpride, ”the organization wrote.
The owner of the Eagle’s Nest told the Cheyenne Post last week that the shirts are sold out and he has no plans to buy more.
Ray Bereziuk said he was “in the bar business, not in the clothing business” and would not be revamping the shirts.
This marked an abrupt change as Wyoming Equality had previously asked the bar to stop selling the shirts, but the staff refused.
It was not known how long the bar had been selling the shirts.
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