If you saw Cody Barlow's 1991 Chevy Silverado driving through rural Oklahoma, one of the last thing's you might expect to see on the tailgate would be the rainbow gay pride flag.
And that's exactly why a photo Barlow, who is straight, posted of his pickup truck went viral.
In lettering above and below the tailgate-length 6-colored rainbow flag reads:
Not all country boys are bigots. Happy pride month.
The 28-year-old lives in rural Oklahoma, a place he says may not be the most welcoming of his rainbow flag made of rainbow duct tape and mailbox lettering.
Barlow's Facebook post has more than 75,000 shares at the time of publication.
Barlow plans to leave the flag on his truck for Pride Month, which is the entire month of June.
His entire Facebook post reads:
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!