An Idaho radio station takes a stand against homophobic listeners, and this song is on point.
Classic rock station 96.6 The Eagle regularly blesses the airways with tunes from queer maestros like Elton John, Pete Townshend and Michael Stipe, to name a few.
The station or its catalog of feel-good hits aren’t just LGBTQ-focused, of course, but the proud ally traditionally changes its logo in June to rock the rainbow.
This year, the inclusive banner received several complaints from homophobic rock fans.
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The station‘s response? One more month of Pride, and maybe more.
“The flag stays on for another month, do it,” The Eagle posted on Facebook. “If we lose fans, that’s fine. If we continue to be harassed, it’ll be fine for another month. Plus Freddie Mercury rules.
The post office received over 18,000 likes and 4,000 comments, like this one from user John Payne:
“As someone who grew up as a gay kid in a small town in the Bible Belt listening religiously to my local classic rock station, I love that so much. Rock belongs to strangers.
However, not everyone is as happy as John. The station responded directly to enemies and shared exchanges. Here is a particularly absurd conversation:
We’ll leave you with Queen’s iconic performance at Live Aid in 1985, because it never goes out of style: