When asked by students at Greybull High School in Greybull, Wyoming last Friday what he could do to improve the lives of LGBTQ people living in the Equality State, Sen. Mike Enzi replied:
In Wyoming you can be just about anything you want to be, as long as you don’t push it in somebody’s face. 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. That’s the way that he winds up with that kind of problem.
Did you catch that, folks? Enzi basically told a group of kids that (gay) men wearing tutus deserve whatever they get, even if it’s violence.
Did we mention the comments were made in Wyoming, the same state where Matthew Shepard was killed in a horrific antigay hate crime that made international headlines back in 1998?
After the comments received backlash, Enzi released a hasty, half-hearted apology:
It is such a simple lesson–it is never permissible to hurt another. Hatred in any form is destructive to the very foundation upon which our society is built. No person, including LGBT individuals, should feel unsafe in their community.
Still, that didn’t stop folks from trolling the 73-year-old senator on social media.
Men (and a few great women, too!) all across the nation spent their weekends posting pictures of themselves wearing tutus in public using the hashtag #liveandlettutu…
"I know a guy who wears a tutu and goes to bars on Friday nights and is always surprised that he gets in fights. Well, he kind of asks for it a little bit. That's the way that he winds up with that kind of problem." Senator Mike Enzi @senatorenzi (R-WY) April 20th, 2017. Thank you @skic_set_free @enmyers @johnjackphoto and @stonewallkickball for hosting a special day in response to those unfortunate remarks. It allowed the stonewall community to stand up for individuality and common decency. #liveandlettutu #stonewallkickballdc #stonewallsports #dcgays #mirrorthemission #instagay #gaysofinstagram #expressyourself #FirstLadies #beyourself #lgbt #lgbtqa #pride
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