Straight “country boy” paints his truck rainbow colors to bring Pride to the Bible Belt

Cody Barlow

Cody Barlow is a proud “country boy” from Hulbert, Oklahoma (population 590). He recently took to Facebook to show off the new tailgate on his pickup truck that he decorated in rainbow colors for Pride month.

Just to be clear, Barlow isn’t gay. Or bi. Or queer. Or trans. He’s straight. He just wanted to show his support to his LGBTQ brothers and sisters because, hey, why not? It’s Pride month!

“Found a way to show my support for pride month,” Barlow recently wrote on Facebook.

Painted above and below the rainbow are the words: “Not all country boys are bigots. Happy Pride month.”

Barlow explains: “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.”

Cody's truck

Barlow says he feels it’s important to send a message of love and support “because countless people have dealt with hatred and judgement simply for who they are, and/or who they love, for far too long.”

He adds, “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.”

Barlow says he likes taking his truck down to the river to go fishing or swimming, mudding, or to do other “country” activities.

“It doesn’t matter what negativity I receive for supporting this,” he explains. “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.”

Found a way to show my support for pride month.I simply bought rolls of brightly colored duct tape and ran them across…

Posted by Cody Barlow on Thursday, June 6, 2019

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