Wyoming lawyers reportedly sold T-shirts defending violence against members of the LGBTQ community.
The bar owner told local paper that the shirts were sold out and would not be reordered.
Controversy arises as Wyoming lawmakers consider state hate crime legislation and extended protection.
Local bars in Cheyenne, Wyoming, have caused anger throughout the state after selling homophobic T-shirts that defend violence against AIDS patients, according to local news reports and state-wide advocacy groups.
The T-shirt depicts a man dressed in a biker pointing his gun.
“There is a cure for AIDS in Wyoming,” it says. “We shoot f — in’f ——.”
Equality in Wyoming, an LGBTQ advocate, posted about shirts Facebook Earlier this week, the organization requested the facility to withdraw the shirt from distribution, noting that management had declined.
“If we realized that we were harming the LGBTQ community and those living with AIDS, we wanted them to choose to stop selling them.”
Advocates have chosen not to share the name of the bar for fear of creating more business for their business.
However, Reybereziku, the owner of the Eagles Nest, a Cheyenne bar Cheyenne Post On Monday, homophobic shirts were “sold out” and are no longer available. Bereziuk told the outlet that he “is in the bar business, not the apparel business,” and will not reorder the shirt.
The bar’s voice mailbox was full and I couldn’t ask for comments.
The shirt caused a backlash on social media following the first post of Wyoming Equality.
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon commented on the issue, saying: Casper Star Tribune “It was incredibly disappointing to know that any company would put a product for sale with such a message,” he said.
“This harmful rhetoric does not reflect our state values, it only promotes hatred and division,” he added.
The bar is less than an hour from Laramie, Wyoming, and gay college student Matthew Shepard died after being brutally beaten in a homophobic attack in 1998. Matthew Shepard Foundation, It works to amplify Shepherd’s story and deal with hatred through regional, regional, and national outreach.
According to the Tribune, the T-shirt controversy occurs a month after Wyoming legislators meet to discuss hate crime legislation. The Joint Judiciary Committee voted to pursue extended hate crime protection after hearing emotional testimony from members of the LGBTQ community, the outlet reported.
Wyoming Equality Secretary-General Sara Burlingame said NBC News Bar T-shirts have helped some state legislators better understand the need for hate crime law in the state. She said she has a reputation for being unsafe for the LGBTQ community.
“When we make this pitch to the global community to come and invest, some of us are very deceived and refuse to see and refuse to deal with-and it disappears. Never, “he told Burlingame Outlet.
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