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Cheyenne Tavern Selling ‘Pride’ Shirts In Response To Sale Of Anti-LGBTQ T-Shirts

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A Cheyenne tavern has created T-shirts to sell in response to another bar’s past sale of a T-shirt some found offensive because of its depiction of gun violence and use of a derogatory term to describe homosexuals.

The Midtown Tavern will soon be selling “Pride” T-shirts which depict a rainbow-colored bison with the tavern’s logo and “Wyoming Pride” and “Wyoming Proud” written on one sleeve, according to a posting on the bar’s Facebook page.

All of the proceeds raised from the sales will be donated to pro-LGBTQ organization Wyoming Equality, the Midtown announced. It wasn’t clear when the shirts would be available for sale or how much they would cost. The tavern’s staff did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

The shirts are being made as a response to T-shirts sold by the Eagle’s Nest, a Cheyenne bar that primarily caters to motorcyclists, that was roundly criticized on social media last week when a photo of the T-shirt it sold began circulating. The T-shirt depicted a man pointing a pistol and a caption reads “In Wyoming, we have a cure for AIDS, we shoot f—–‘n f—–s.”

Wyoming Equality executive director Sara Burlingame posted her thanks to the Midtown on its Facebook page.

“Oh golly. Wow. What a thing. I can’t even tell you how surprised and grateful I am. Thank you,” she wrote on the tavern’s 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 Midtown tavern for stepping up — we’re so honored and grateful by how some folks are responding. You know where we’ll be this rodeo. #midtownpride,” the organization wrote.

The Eagle’s Nest’s owner told The Cheyenne Post last week that the shirts had sold out and he had no intention of getting any more.

Ray Bereziuk said that he is “in the bar business, not the apparel business,” and that he would not be reordering the shirts.

It marked an abrupt change as Wyoming Equality previously asked the bar to stop selling the shirts, but the staff refused.

It wasn’t clear how long the bar had been selling the shirts.

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Cheyenne Mayor Disappointed In Biker Bar’s Sale Of Anti-LGBTQ Shirts

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The mayor of Cheyenne on Friday expressed his disappointment with a local bar that was selling offensive T-shirts up until this week.

Mayor Patrick Collins addressed the offensive shirt that was sold by the Eagle’s Nest, a bar that primarily caters to motorcyclists, in his weekly column on the City of Cheyenne’s website.

“This week I have had many folks write with concerns about the homophobic tee shirt that was being sold at the Eagle’s Nest bar here in Cheyenne,” Collins wrote. “I cannot tell you how disappointed I am that any one in Cheyenne would espouse thoughts like these, let alone put them on a shirt to sell.”

The Eagle’s Nest was roundly criticized on social media over the weekend when a photo of the shirt the bar sold began circulating. Many commenters opposed what they called the shirt’s violent imagery and use of a derogatory term for homosexuals.

The shirt features a man pointing a pistol and reads “In Wyoming, we have a cure for AIDS, we shoot f—–‘n f—–s.”

“I know Cheyenne people to be loving and accepting and this abhorrent episode is in no way reflective of our people,” Collins said. “We are the capitol city of the Equality State, and it is important to let our LGBTQ neighbors know we believe they are a valued part of our community.”

The bar’s owner told The Cheyenne Post on Monday that the shirts had sold out and he had no intention of getting any more.

Ray Bereziuk said that he is “in the bar business, not the apparel business,” and that he would not be reordering the shirts.

It marked abrupt change as over the weekend, pro-LGBTQ organization Wyoming Equality asked the bar to stop selling the shirts, but the staff refused.

It wasn’t clear how long the bar had been selling the shirts.

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Cheyenne Biker Bar Stops Selling Threatening Anti-LGBTQ T-Shirts, Legislator Calls Shirts “Despicable”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A Cheyenne bar that was criticized for selling a T-shirt that contained an offensive term has decided to no longer stock the item, the business owner said this week.

The Eagle’s Nest, a bar that primarily caters to motorcyclists, was roundly criticized on social media over the weekend when a photo of a shirt the bar sold began circulating. Many commenters opposed what they called the shirt’s violent imagery and use of a derogatory term for homosexuals.

The shirt features a man pointing a pistol and reads “In Wyoming, we have a cure for AIDS, we shoot f—–‘n f—–s.”

However the bar’s owner told The Cheyenne Post on Monday that the shirts had sold out and he had no intention of getting any more.

Ray Bereziuk said that he is “in the bar business, not the apparel business,” and that he would not be reordering the shirts.

This marks an abrupt change as over the weekend, pro-LGBTQ organization Wyoming Equality asked the bar to stop selling the shirts, but the staff refused.

“We hoped that they would choose to stop selling them when they realized the harm it did to the LGBTQ community and those living with AIDS,” a post read on the group’s Facebook page. “It is a sad day.”

It wasn’t clear how long the bar had been selling the shirts.

The shirt also drew the criticism of a state legislator as offering a message contrary to the state’s actual attitudes.

State Rep. Landon Brown, R-Cheyenne, said that although he supports the bar staff’s freedom of speech to sell such shirts, all involved should be aware that consequences exist for selling such goods.

“This shirt is despicable and does not represent Wyoming in any way shape or form,” Brown told Cowboy State Daily on Tuesday. “In a time where we need to grow our economy and welcome new industries to our state, this type of action causes consequences, not only for the bar, but our state as a whole. Businesses see this type of action in Wyoming and don’t even blink when offered options in our state. I’m disappointed and frankly I’m hurt that anyone in Wyoming feels this way against EITHER of the communities named in the shirt.  I stand in solidarity with those affected and condemn the sale of such an egregious and irresponsible item.”  

Wyoming Equality executive director Sara Burlingame and Cheyenne Mayor Patrick Collins didn’t respond to requests for comment by press time.

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