Virulently Homophobic Wyoming Biker Bar Shirt Pulled after Going Viral

Tuesday July 13, 2021

A photo of a T-shirt with a homophobic graphic that was being sold at a Wyoming biker bar until early this week.
A photo of a T-shirt with a homophobic graphic that was being sold at a Wyoming biker bar until early this week.  (Source:Facebook)

Please note: the following story contains graphic language that might be triggering for some readers.

"In Wyoming, we have a cure for AIDS, we shoot fuckin' faggots" reads a T-shirt for a biker bar in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

The T-shirts were available for sale until earlier this week when Ray Bereziuk, the owner of the Eagle's Nest, told The Cheyenne Post on Monday afternoon that his bar has stopped selling them.

"He said that he is 'in the bar business, not the apparel business,' and that he would not be reordering the shirts," the newspaper writes.

The homophobic T-shirt became known to the public after Wyoming Equality made a social media post about it on Monday.

"We are sad to say that we failed to convince a local bar to pull these shirts from circulation. We hoped that they would choose to stop selling them when they realized the harm it did to the LGBTQ community and those living with AIDS," the group wrote. They also refused to mention the business's name "because we do not want them to gain notoriety/ sell more shirts off the pain of our community. It is a sad day. Wyoming Equality understands that...this sucks."

In her own Facebook post, Wyoming Equality director Sara Burlingame also urged people not to identify the bar's name.

"Do me a favor and don't share the name of the bar. I'm tired of giving people notoriety for the hateful things they do to hurt our community. Want to make it unpopular to be a bigot? Donate to Wyoming Equality or Wyoming AIDS Assistance. Put a pride flag up in your business or home. Wear one of our cool AF shirts. Pass a Hate Crime bill. Invest in queer joy and resilience. Let the haters hate in their own misery. Keep Wyoming queer and wild."

"The shirts display a mark that says 'The Vigilante,' which is not known if that is the image designer or screen printer who made the shirts," writes the Cheyenne Post.