This week read about a bar in Wyoming selling out of homophobic clothes, and Provincetown, Massachusetts issuing a mask mandate again.

Biker Bar Owner Sells Out of Homophobic Apparel

The owner of a bar in Cheyenne, Wyoming has discontinued the sale of shirts that advocated for violence against LGBT community members as a cure for HIV/AIDS.

After seeing images of the shirt being circulated across social media, representatives from Wyoming Equality reached out to the bar's owner, Ray Bereziuk, to ask him to stop selling the shirts. He refused, but told the Cheyenne Post that he won’t restock the shirts because he is “in the bar business, not the apparel business.”

Wyoming Equality Executive Director Sara Burlingame told the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, “Wyoming Equality tries to make the case every day that we are warm, we are welcoming, and families and businesses should make their home in the Equality State. Messages like the one on this shirt underscore how important it is that we pass hate-crime legislation, support those living with HIV and maintain the fight to make Wyoming the home we all deserve.”

 

 

 

Popular Gay Destination Back Under Mask Mandate

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The Provincetown Select Board and Board of Health reinstated a mask mandate following a spike in COVID-19 cases over Independence Day weekend.

As of July 23, 430 cases of the virus were reported, 153 of which were residents of Provincetown, a popular gay destination in Massachusetts.

Town Manager Alex Morse said in a statement, “If we have a test positivity rate below 3% for a period of at least five days, the mandate will shift to an advisory, and if under 1% for a period of at least five days the advisory will be lifted.”

Current test positivity rates dropped from 15% to 9%, a sign that the outbreak is slowing. Many of those who tested positive reported being vaccinated already.

Sean Holihan, a D.C. resident who visited Provincetown over the July 4 weekend, told the Bay Area Reporter, "Between myself and others, I know of nearly 30 breakthrough cases of COVID that came from visiting Provincetown for the 4 of July. In each and every situation, the symptoms were mild and no one required a hospital visit. The vaccine works."

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