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LGBT charity All Out has revealed its first nominations for Homophobes of the Year

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All Out has opened the polls for their new survey - the biggest homophobe of the year.
2016 has been a good year for LGBT rights, however, as always, there is a lot of room for improvement. With this in mind, the charity has launched their survey to name the biggest homophobe of 2016,and voting will take place in three rounds.
 
Who's up for the vote?
 
Each round pins four pairs of homophobes against each other. And in round one we have...
 
Jair Bolsonaro vs Mike Pence
 
Brazillian congressman Bolsonaro gained quite a reputation when he was quoted saying that he would 'prefer a dead son to a gay son'. He has also, worryingly, encouraged the abuse of gay children. He is hoping to run in the next Brazillian presidential campaign. What a joyous thought....
 
Mike Pence is almost a UK household name following the US election, but the vice president-elect has some pretty nasty opinions.  In 2013 he signed a bill that would make it illegal for same-sex couples to apply for a marriage license, and was a big opposer of 'don't ask don't tell' being repealed. 
 
Steven Anderson vs Simon Lokodo
 
Following the Orlando shooting in an LGBT club, US pastor Steven Anderson publically celebrated the deaths of 49 people and was quoted saying that there were '50 less paedophiles in the world'. He was also banned from entering South Africa after he planned to visit the country to share his hateful anti-gay propaganda.
 
It's illegal to be gay in 71 countries, but Uganda is one of the worst countries in the world to be LGBT. Simon Lokodo, the country's minister of ethics and integrity, promised a violent mob if the county's scheduled Pride Parade was to occur. 
 
Vladimir Putin vs Vasip Sahin
 
Earlier this year, Putin signed a law that would cut off funding for crucial LGBT groups within Russia. The country has a dark history with LGBT rights and this is not a step in the right direction.
 
Sahin is the governor of Istanbul, and sadly cancelled all Pride events in the city. When they went on anyway, he launched a violent attack that involved the use of rubber bullets and water canons on non-violent protestors. 
 
Alan Sears vs Donald Trump
 
Sears is the head of the Alliance Defending Freedom. Which sounds like a nice organisation, but is actually an anti-LGBT group based in the US. The group has pushed for bills which allow the discrimination of LGBT people. 
 
And lastly, president-elect Trump - how could we forget? After running one of the most homophobic campaigns in history, it's hard to single out something that stands out. He's openly against gay marriage, which isn't an ideal example for the president of the United States to be setting. 
 
You can head on over to the All Out website and vote for your Homophobe of the Year, and don't forget to look out for round two of the nominations. 



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