An American from the state of Oklahoma has found a very original way to express his support for the LGBTQ + community. On the occasion of “Pride Month”, the month of June calling attention to the rights of LGBs and other sexual and gender identities throughout the US, he covered the back of his pickup truck with a striking rainbow flag. His post has been tagged tens of thousands of times on Facebook.
Above and below the flag that the 28-year-old Cody Barlow put on his jeep is the text “Not all country boys are bigots”, and the sentence “Happy Pride Month”. He made the rainbow flag with brightly colored duct tape.
“This is important to me, not only because I have family and friends that are LGBTQ+, but also because countless people have dealt with hatred and judgement simply for who they are, and/or who they love, for far too long. Obviously doing this isn’t going to change the minds of those who are intolerant, but hopefully it can help drown out the hatred with love.”, says Barlow on his Facebook.
Barlow, himself a heterosexual, explains that he lives in a rural region in Oklahoma, a state in the middle of the US.
“I live in a rural area in Oklahoma, surrounded by small towns in every direction, and I’m sure this is not a very welcome message around here, but this is going to be displayed on my truck for the entire month of June in support of pride month. I don’t think it is necessary to say, but for all intents and purposes I am a straight man that grew up here in Oklahoma. I love taking my truck mudding, going fishing, swimming at the lake, floating the river, and several other “country” activities. It doesn’t matter what negativity I receive for supporting this. I hope that this can help even the slightest bit to encourage and support at least one person that needs it. I hope everyone finds their inner strength to finally live life loud and proud without regard for the negativity of ignorant people.”