'LGBT' flyers — picturing Lady Liberty, Gun, Beer and Trump — sent to Nashville gay bars
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The death of a gay student, tortured and tied to a prairie fence in Wyoming two decades ago, shocked America. As Matthew Shepard's ashes are interred in the nation's spiritual home, those who knew him reflect on his remarkable legacy. Tubes everywhere enabling his body to stay alive. You could see his braces, so of course it's Matt.
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In , a mysterious masked crusader by the name of Orville Peck took the alternative country scene by storm with his debut album Pony. Known for his soaring vocals a mix of Glen Campbell and Roy Orbison , fringed leather mask and haunting, erotic lyrics, Peck felt like a much-needed breath of fresh air in a genre that seemed to have stagnated since the s. And although they may be considered mavericks and outliers in the largely conservative world of country music, the genre actually has a long-standing, though little-known, queer history. Queer country and queer country musicians have arguably existed since the very beginning of the genre in the late s and early s. After all, queerness has been present in all aspects of society throughout human history.
However, flyers sent to Tennessee gay bars last week with the acronym emblazoned on them were not interpreted by the local community to be supportive of gender and sexual minorities. The gun pictured in the flyer, an assault rifle, is similar to the one used in the shooting at Orlando gay nightclub Pulse, advocates pointed out. Chris Sanders, executive director of the Tennessee Equality Project , said the flyers were mailed for intimidation purposes and could be politically motivated. He explained that many gay bars — including Stirrup Sports Bar — host voter registration drives.