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In April, Mississippi passed a "religious freedom" law that would allow businesses to deny service to LGBT couples; the bill was strikingly similar to the one Arizona governor Jan Brewer vetoed last year.
"The ruling was a significant setback," says Advocate news director Sunnivie Brydum. When you paint the entire community as this monolith, you end up reducing it to a caricature that doesn't reflected the lived reality or the diversity of issues that face a community." So where do LGBT people have it worst?
According to Michaelangelo Signorile, the editor-at-large for the Huffington Post's Gay Voices section, the worst states are clustered in the Midwest and the Bible Belt South. "Where we see one kind of oppression, we also see another," Signorile says.
The Heart of Dixie has five cities, including Birmingham and Mobile, that rank as among the worst for LGBT people, all scoring below a 10.
(Those cities average a scary 5.6.) In Alabama, only 32 percent of citizens are in favor of marriage equality, two percentage points less than Mississippi (only Arkansas and Louisiana rank lower).
There's some good news for LGB citizens: Houston mayor Annise Parker (an out lesbian) passed a non-discrimination ordinance in May, promising equal access to employment, housing and healthcare.