To protest an insensitive comment by U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, residents around Wyoming celebrated diversity with Live and Let Tutu day April 28.
Enzi, who later apologized, told students in Greybull that a guy who wears a tutu into a bar “kind of asks for it.” Coming from a senator who represents the state where Matthew Shepard was murdered, his comment brought immediate condemnation across the nation.
To show the world they don’t agree with Enzi, who has a record of statements and votes against LGBTQ rights, numerous Equality State residents participated in Live and Let Tutu. In Laramie, it was capped by a pub crawl to which participants donned tutus. Eric Krszjzaniek took the photograph above at Laramie’s Crowbar & Grill. It was widely republished, along with a gallery of other photographs, even overseas, where French men and women read “Des tutus contre les remarques homophobes d’un sénateur du Wyoming.”
“The entire evening was an incredible example of how not all Wyomingites agree with Sen. Enzi’s comments,” Krszjzaniek wrote in an email describing his picture. “In Wyoming, just as anywhere else, a person’s clothing — or identity — does not justify harm befall them.”