April 25, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHEYENNE – On Thursday, April 20, Senator Mike Enzi (R) visited Greybull Middle School in Greybull during an assembly with 6-12th grade students. Senator Enzi took questions from the gathered students, and was asked by a High School sophomore student (identity is being kept private) what the Senator is doing to support Wyoming’s LGBTQ community. His response was to provide an anecdote that if a man wears a tutu to a bar, he shouldn’t be surprised if he got beat up and inferred that he asked for it.
Sara Burlingame, the Public Education and Outreach Coordinator released the following statement:
“We’re grateful to Senator Enzi for his swift apology to the Greybull students and his constituents. We were deeply disappointed to hear of Senator Enzi’s remarks to students and teachers at Greybull Middle School and felt confident that it did not reflect his commitment to all students, including Wyoming’s LGBT population. A recent PREP Report Card cited 14% of all Wyoming 9th graders identify as either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning. These students are counting on our elected officials to stand up for them, particularly our transgender students who are the most vulnerable. We applaud the Senator for correcting his statement and look forward to working together to provide much needed education on the rights and safety of Wyoming’s LGBT population.
Senator Enzi took the time to personally call our office and apologize for his remarks. We think Wyoming is unique in our ability to sit down and speak to one another and find common sense solutions. We look forward to sitting down to a meal with Senator Enzi and transgender students when he returns to the state. Together, we can meaningfully address bullying and represent the values Wyoming should be known for: our fairness and live and let live lifestyle.”
For more information, please contact Sara Burlingame at (307) 214-2556 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wyoming Equality is the state’s oldest and largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing rights for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Wyomingites and their families.Share: