Antigay Christian Extremists Picket Queer Band PWR BTTM’s Mississippi Show

Derek de Koff

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In case their name didn’t tip you off, PWR BTTM is a proudly queer punk act (and one that excels in empowering, defiant rock that’s quite good.)

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As we settle in to our now-daily bombardment of  antigay protests and hate crimes across the US, it comes as no real surprise that the band’s show at Big Sleepy’s bar in Jackson, Mississippi was intercepted Thursday by men wielding picket signs with Biblical references and homophobic sloganeering:

The band relayed their 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.

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Via Twitter, band member Ben Hopkins further explained:

They were like baiting us to hit them, they wanted to be able to sue us. 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. It won’t deter us, nothing will.”

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