Anti-Gay Protestors Picketed a PWR BTTM Show in Mississippi Last Night

Proudly queer punk duo PWR BTTM performed at Big Sleepy’s bar in Jackson, Mississippi last night, where several men with signs picketed the venue with signs bearing Biblical references and anti-gay slogans:

The band described the experience in a statement to SPIN:

We played at Big Sleepys in Jackson, Mississippi, which is an all ages DIY space. As I was eating dinner in the van, I saw four men with giant signs walking up to our show. They posted up outside and proceeded to yell homophobic stuff at the crowd the entire night. We moved the entrance to the show to the back of the venue and blocked off the windows at the front. It was a freaky ass night, but the local police helped us keep things safe.

In addition, PWR BTTM’s Ben Hopkins said, the picketers were wearing Go Pro-style portable cameras. “They were like baiting us to hit them, they wanted to be able to sue us,” Hopkins wrote via Twitter message. “Like they’re not Christians, they’re crooks. I grew up with so many amazing kind Christian folks, and it’s important not to even give these men the dignity of that title. They’re fucking con artists in tacky outfits.”

“We haven’t ever received threats, but I have a feeling this isn’t the last time this will happen,” Hopkins continued. “It won’t deter us, nothing will.”

The anti-gay protest at PWR BTTM’s performance comes during a wave of targeted harassment and hate crimes reported since the election of Donald Trump. Incidents of anti-black, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and anti-LGBT harassment and hate crimes lead the Southern Poverty Law Center’s catalogue of more than 200 incidents reported last week.


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