Gay Atlanta’s 10 best anti-gay haters of 2012

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Singling out Georgia’s most detestable anti-gay characters of the year isn’t difficult. They tend to show their stripes pretty easily, from tweets to testimony in front of state lawmakers. Sometimes our enemies come from within, too. Loathe them and leave them.


1. Chick-fil-A, America’s favorite anti-gay chicken chain

Atlanta’s chicken chain that loves to hate the fruitcakes gave the finger to its gay haters last summer after they gave their finger to the Atlanta company over its anti-gay efforts. Now, Chick-fil-A’s supporters are doing the same by helping name it America’s favorite chicken chain. Hating on the gays is yummy! Read.


2. Tanya Ditty, Georgia’s Hater-in-Chief

Oh, Tanya Ditty. It took just three minutes to unravel your friendly teacher demeanor and provoke a torrent of reaction from across the country. That’s what happens when your debunked 1990s anti-gay rhetoric meets today’s YouTube age. Read.


3. Lil Scrappy on gay as a ‘doorway to AIDS’

MTV’s “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” continues making headlines at the expense of LGBT stereotypes. The latest is the show’s Lil Scrappy, who fully supports gay Hip-Hop artists like Frank Ocean coming out – because it deters AIDS. Read.


4. Midtown Ponce Security Alliance’s war on ‘thugs in drag’

Midtown neighbors have waged war on the male hustlers who prowl their streets and don’t mind tossing around offensive terms, engaging in hyperbole and suckering media outlets into supporting their battle. But the Midtown Ponce Security Alliance, not content with their own private security force and the ears of Atlanta police commanders, has amped up the rhetoric and exaggerated claims and keeps acting like a bunch of ignorant goons. Read.


5. Jim Mize, defender of ‘faggot marriage’

Chick-fil-A’s diss of gay marriage and those “arrogant” LGBT activists also served as an invitation for the cranks to crawl out from under their rocks. Meet Cobb County man Jim Mize, who’s armed with a video camera, Twitter handle and plenty of opinions. Read.


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6. Sue Ella Deadwyler, frothy-mouthed anti-gay bigot

Finding a rabid, anti-gay activist frothing at the mouth over some equality-minded proposal at the State Capitol is like playing a game of Whac-A-Mole. When one gets whacked, another pops up. Meet Sue Ella Deadwyler, who entered the stage just in time for the opening of the Georgia General Assembly. Read.


7. Doug Collins, zany attack dog on gay marriage

Two conservatives in a north Georgia congressional district are slugging it out to prove who is zanier. Guess what’s in their crosshairs? Yep, gay marriage. Doug Collins is slamming Martha Zoller on the issue. Read.


8. Rev. DL Foster, ex-gay attack dog

Ex-gay pastor DL Foster launched a full frontal attack on gay Atlanta blogger and author Darian Aaron, calling his take on being gay and Christian “piggish thinking,” heresy and a license for immorality. Read.


9. Roddy White, pro jock and anti-gay tweeter

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver and not-so-smart tweeter Roddy White has one thing to say to you panties-wearing gays: I don’t respect you. Read.


10. Sons of Thundr and American Vision, Georgia’s two anti-gay hate groups

Georgia is a hotbed of conservative and religious activism that, well let’s just say, shies away from supporting LGBT issues. We’re looking at you, Tanya Ditty. Turns out, the state is home to at least two anti-gay hate groups, too: The Sons of Thundr at Faith Baptist Church in Primrose, southwest of Atlanta, and American Vision in Cobb County’s Powder Springs. Read.

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