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LGBT Truckers gain momentum for their drive to ride with pride

Posted at 3:35 PM, Dec 26, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. — There's a group of truck drivers gaining momentum for their drive to ride with pride.

They call themselves LGBT Truckers and they are in Tampa over the holidays with their new truck, the Rainbow Rider.

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“In general, the positive comments, people wanting to take pictures of it, with it, and just saying thank you,” said Shelle Lichti, truck driver.

Lichti has been driving the Rainbow Rider all over the country. She said it’s more than a truck, it’s a message of awareness.

“We are in an industry that our community in general is overlooked,” said Lichti. “This is their truck, I just happen to drive it for them.”

Truck drivers Ricky Coffey and Bobby Loy are married. They said they spend more time on the road than they do in their actual home, so they want to feel comfortable behind the wheel.

“Going through that together and being truckers on the road together as husbands can be challenging,” said Loy.

The cab of the truck is wrapped in a rainbow road map, it’s a symbol that LGBT Truckers are on every highway in every state.

“You’ll get a lot of responses back from people in the community that like, ‘I was having a really bad day but then I just seen this truck rolling by,’ and it just made their day,” said Loy.

The Rainbow Rider will be at VFW Post 39 in St. Pete on Dec. 28 at 7 p.m.