90 gay license plates banned in Georgia

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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.

The good:

BEENGAY
BENGAY
BGAY
BINGAY
COPGAY
GAYBLO
GAYBOY
GAYBRD
GAYB0I
GAYB0Y
GAYCOP
GAYDCVR
GAYFCK
GAYFK
GAYFUK
GAYFUX
GAYGAL
GAYGUY
GAYING
GAYLAY
GAYLIB
GAYMAN
GAYPWR
GAYRU
GAYRYTS
GAYS0K
GAYSEX
GAYSOK
GAYSR0C
GAYSR0K
GAYTR
GAYTR6
IMGAY
LAGAY
MSGAY
NOTGAY
PALGAY
RUGAY
RUGAY2
ROGAY
SFGAY
UBGAY
USAGAY
IMGAY
4GAYLIB

And the bad:

GAYSCK
GAYSUK
GAYSUX
IH8GAYS

Some 15 lesbian suggestions have been requested (and rejected):

IGOTLEZ
LEZBIUN
LEZBN
LEZBN14
LEZI
LEZIUS
TOPLEZ
LESBAN
LESBIAN
LESBIE
LESBIN
LESBON
LESBOS
LESB1AN
LESTUD

Some queer ones, too.

AQUEER
IQUEER
QUEER1
QUEER2
QUEER3
QUEER4
QUEER5
QUEER6
QUEER7
QUEER8
QUEER9

And let’s not miss out on BI pride (and hate), too:

ARABBI
BIHATER
BIH8TA
BISEX
BISEXE
BISEX3

And then there are the fags:

FAG
FAGBAG
FAGGOT
FAGHAG
FAGU2
FAG2
IH8FAGS
IMAFAG
PFAGS
UFAGU

If GAY won’t pass the state’s muster, how about straight with a twist? Nah. Also rejected:

NOTSTR8

License plate images via Buzzfeed

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