Peronalized License Plate Says ‘NOHOMO’
A personalized Alabama license plate lets you know how the driver regards gays.
“No homo” is a phrase used to distance an individual from any implication that the individual might be gay, and its offensive connotation led to a $75,000 fine when the Indiana Pacers’ Roy Hibbert used it in a press conference last year.
The picture of the license plate was actually taken by Scott Johnston, a Facilities Manager in the Atlanta, Georgia area. He spotted the plate in an office parking lot, telling ThinkProgress that he was “first shocked, then angered” that Alabama would permit such a plate to be issued. “How could they allow outright discrimination to be published on a state license plate?”
Amanda Collier, a spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Revenue, informed ThinkProgress that a process is in place to monitor what plates are banned. When a request for a personalized license plate is filed, a three-person review panel considers each application, sometimes offering alternative lettering for the requested message. Some messages are so explicit, however, that “no alternative can be offered” and the taxpayer’s request is denied.[su_csky_ad]