And this year's title goes to...
This is shaping up to be a banner year for the actress, and we’re sure this is only the beginning!
The gorgeous actress voiced her joy at winning the coveted honor, saying:
[Image via People Magazine.]
That makes any talk about LGBT rights in a public forum illegal!
But you don’t need to go to Russia to find ridiculous anti-gay laws that strip citizens of their freedom of speech. Nope, that’s happening right here in America too, folks!
10 United States currently have some form of a ban on promoting homosexuality!
Often called “no promo homo” laws can be found in 8 states: Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah all prohibit schools from teaching about gay rights in the classroom! Some don't allow mentioning homosexuality at all!
Arizona prohibits portrayals of homosexuality as a “positive alternative life-style” and has legislatively determined that it is inappropriate to even suggest to children that there are “safe methods of homosexual sex.” Texas and Alabama take it a step further with sex-education classes that emphasize homosexuality as “not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public.” They also require that children be taught that “homosexual conduct is a criminal offense” even though criminalizing private, consensual homosexual conduct has been unconstitutional since 2003.
Missouri and South Dakota on the other hand have prohibition of enumeration on their books, which doesn’t allow school districts from enacting policies aimed at preventing bullying over sexual orientation or gender identity.
This is happening in America…
The social injustices in Russia are much more far-reaching, with penalties and acts of violence that are putting gay and LGBT supporters at serious risk. But to see indoctrinated hate happening in the “land of the free” makes us sick to our stomachs.
If you call one of these 10 states home, pick up the phone and call your elected representative and tell them you don’t want to live in a place that makes intolerance a legal requirement. Speak up! Not only because you can but because you should!
These despicable laws will someday die; that we’re sure of. But that day should come as soon as possible!