The lawsuit from a gay Atlanta man who hopes to show GAYPWR on his license plate has exposed dozens of queer-influenced vanity plate suggestions that the state has rejected. Georgia won’t do GAYSEX, but rejects STR8 hate, too.
From GAYGUY to GAYBOI, MSGAY, LEZI, AQUEER and BISEX, the Georgia Department of Driver Services has rejected them all. That prompted Cyrus Gilbert (second image), an Atlanta hair stylist, to sue on Jan. 11 over his requests for a vanity plate with 4GAYLIB, GAYPWR and GAYGUY. All three were denied and Gilbert’s lawsuit says that stifles his political and social speech and “reflects viewpoint discrimination” that violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
The 15-page federal lawsuit includes the state’s “Bad Tag List,” a 426-page collection of vanity plate suggestions that state officials have rejected. Among the thousands of denied requests are dozens that express pro-gay views and others that take on an anti-gay bent.
Vanity plates can include up to seven characters. Among the most popular LGBT suggestions are ones that include GAY. Nearly 50 are included in the state’s list of rejected suggestions, from rather bland declarations to more pointed sexual ones.
And the bad:
Some 15 lesbian suggestions have been requested (and rejected):
Some queer ones, too.
And let’s not miss out on BI pride (and hate), too:
And then there are the fags:
If GAY won’t pass the state’s muster, how about straight with a twist? Nah. Also rejected:
License plate images via Buzzfeed