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On the Lockhart town square, business owners plastered rainbow stickers on their storefronts declaring “Everyone Is Welcome Here.” At Lone Star Workshop, a window sign framed in sheer, rainbow-hued curtains declared “Love Wins.” A block away, on a stage outside a music store in a Victorian-style former residence, transgender bluegrass musician “Creekbed” Carter Hogan regaled the crowd with a rendition of Willie Nelson’s “The Woman With the Rose Tattoo.” Later, a group gathered in a truck bed backed up to the venue and began clapping in time with the refrain.“Man, I’m gonna bring a truck full of queers to all my gigs! You guys are great!” said Hogan, who uses he/they pronouns. The event, a queer artist showcase, was one of many during Lockhart’s (population:…

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