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Oklahoma Guy Who Decorated His Truck for Pride Month: Not All Country Boys Are Bigots

‘I remembered there were colorful duct tape at local stores and I went and picked it up’
By Grabien Staff

EXCERPT:

BARLOW: “It made me feel like I needed to do something, especially seeing a lot of the negativity in the media. The Pulse nightclub shooting was one that I remembered, and recently having the Neo-Nazi groups going to the rallies and messing with them. I felt like I needed to do something and I wanted to do something that really helped. I didn’t know what it was and I didn’t know how I could do anything in the middle of nowhere in Oklahoma, so I just got the idea. I remembered there were colorful duct tape at some of the local stores and I went and picked it up and put that in the Pride flag design, put some mailbox lettering above it stating not all country boys are bigots. The whole goal with this is having friends and family that are LGBTQ. A lot of people in that community, people I have worked with in the past, a lot of great people that have dealt with a lot of bad things in their lives, especially, you know, knowing people that even their own family turned their back on them. I’m sure in many other places it is like this, but around here you don’t turn your back on blood. So that really struck me and I just couldn’t stand that somebody that I know personally, I couldn’t take it. I had to do something. I had to say something. Like I was saying, it was a lot of different things."

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