When Cody Barlow couldn’t make the Pride parade in Tulsa he grabbed some duct tape and stick-on letters and created his own rainbow pride flag — on the tailgate of his truck — with the message “Not all country boys are bigots… Happy Pride Month.”

He never anticipated that when he shared the photo on Facebook it would be shared around the world, racking up more than 100,000 views.

“I was trying to reach anyone it would help,” he said. “People are sending me these stories, telling me what they’ve dealt with over the years, telling me they were tearing up and crying while reading this post.”
Here’s what Cody wrote under his post:

Found a way to show my support for pride month.

I simply bought rolls of brightly colored duct tape and ran them across my tailgate in the design of the pride flag, and added some mailbox letters.

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.

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.

Happy pride month!

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