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If you pay attention to the news, it's hard not to get swept up in the feeling that things are getting better for America's LGBT citizens.However, after riding a wave of momentum in the courts this year, marriage equality hit a new roadblock in November, when the Sixth Circuit Court upheld bans in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee.When it comes to being unfriendly to LGBT people, Texas' cities have the rest of America beat by a country mile.Eight Longhorn towns rank among the worst for LGBT people, with a whopping four (Lubbock, Mesquite, Mc Allen and Irving) receiving a zero score from the Human Rights Campaign.New Orleans is a highlight of gay culture in the south, with the city's six-day Southern Decadence festival among the best pride celebrations in the world.
Hattiesburg and Gulfport don't score much better, with a respective 6 and 10 rating on the index. For anyone following Mississippi politics, this shouldn't be a huge surprise.The home of the Crimson Tide is also continues to be one of the most racist states in the nation, per social media data mapping from Floating Sheep.The geographical research team searched tweets from Obama's 2012 reelection to track where America's racist tweets were coming from.In addition, a survey from the showed that the state has almost no protections for LGBT people, outright banning marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples.(A Daily Beast survey gave the state a -1 score on gay rights.)Mississippi is also home to Southaven, one of the few cities in the country to score a zero out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index.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.