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Gay Rights in the South

Gay in Alabama

Ian Oriol | Posted 04.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Ian Oriol

For a while after I came out, everything was OK. The bullies couldn't call me gay as an insult, because I was gay, and I was finally opening up. But I discovered that the moment I stopped acting straight is when people began getting uncomfortable. Once I stopped acting the way they wanted, they stopped treating me the way I wanted.

Lila Shapiro

Alabama's Openly Gay Lawmaker Discusses Reelection, GOP Colleagues And Why She'd Never Leave Her State | Lila Shapiro | Posted 03.27.2014 | Gay Voices

This winter hasn't been a great one for LGBT rights in the South. Even as public opinion continues to shift toward marriage equality, and as courts ar...

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Lesbian Teen Brings Shocking Claims That Teachers Harassed, Bullied Her | Lila Shapiro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

On her first day at Magnolia Junior High in 2011, Destin Holmes remembers hearing whispers among other students asking if "it" was a boy or a girl. Ac...

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They're Not All Chick-fil-A: Southern Companies Evolving On Gay Rights | Lila Shapiro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

In the early 90s, Southern restaurant chain Cracker Barrel drew criticism from gay-rights activists for firing openly gay employees under a policy tha...

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How An 'Anti-Gay' Mississippi Town Stopped A Gay Bar From Opening | Lila Shapiro | Posted 11.04.2013 | Gay Voices

Last spring, Pat "PJ" Newton applied for a local business license to open a bar and cafe in Shannon, Miss., two hours away from her Memphis, Tenn., ho...

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State Denying Same-Sex Couple's Name Change Could Be Just 'Tip Of The Iceberg' | Lila Shapiro | Posted 10.17.2013 | Gay Voices

When Danielle McCollum and Shakira Tucker decided to get married in Boston this summer, the women had low expectations of how their home state of Geor...

Lesbian Opens Lawsuit Against Mississippi Town For Denying Gay Bar Permit

AP | HOLBROOK MOHR | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

JACKSON, Miss. — A woman is suing the leaders of a north Mississippi town, accusing them of conspiring to prevent her from opening a gay bar by ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Mississippi Town Repeatedly, Unconstitutionally, Refused Gay Business Licenses | Lila Shapiro | Posted 10.02.2013 | Gay Voices

SHANNON, Miss. -- For years after O'Hara's bar closed, old customers and friends would implore Pat "PJ" Newton to reopen. There were no other gay esta...

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Openly Gay Deep South Lawmaker Sees Uphill But Winnable Fight | Lila Shapiro | Posted 01.15.2013 | Gay Voices

Alabama state Rep. Patricia Todd said she knows that same-sex marriage isn't around the corner in her Deep South state, but believes there are other g...