It’s A Tutu Party! Wyoming Residents Wear Tutus To Protest Their Homophobic Senator
Last month Republican Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming made some homophobic remarks while addressing middle and high school students.
Enzi told the kids that they were free to be whoever they wanted, but only if they didn’t shove it in anyone’s face. He went on to clarify what he meant, just in case people didn’t understand his original statement:
“I know a guy who wears a tutu and goes to bars on Friday night and is always surprised that he gets in fights. Well, he kind of asks for it.”
Wyoming residents and people across the country decided to do something against the Senator for his homophobic remarks. In response people protested Enzi by wearing tutus to bars, sporting events, and basically everywhere.
Their voices were heard all over and the pictures were posted on social media with the hashtag #liveandlettutu:
— Siobhan Muir (@SiobhanMuir) April 28, 2017
— Nina McConigley (@ninawyo) April 29, 2017
— AMCuprill (@AMCuprill) April 29, 2017
Hey @senatorenzi here is a message from four votes in Lander Wyoming, house district 54. We see your blatant disregard for minorities and your loudly expressed privilege and ignorance – we will raise you three tutu's and a "please show up to any town hall meeting, ever." 😘 #Wyoming #liveandlettutu #wyomei #landerwyoming
I reiterate. No one is ever asking for it. Ever. Not only were your words cruel, and your message discouraging and hurtful, to young LGBTQ youth but it was beyond unprofessional. I have heard the argument for the generational gap, and I can not accept that. We live in a time of change and movement, Wyoming is the "Equality" state. That being said, you sir as a voice for our state should also continue moving forward, and trying to better yourself. The only thing I'm asking for is to be treated as though I have a right to exist in the same space, and time as anyone else. #liveandlettutu #notaskingforit
Enzi’s remarks brought forth harsh memories of the tragic crime that occurred in the University of Wyoming where gay student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten to death in 1998, an incident that brought national attention to hate-motivated crimes.