In a state that birthed the notorious "Don't Say Gay" nickname, Knoxville, Tennessee's Mayor Madeline Rogero stuck her neck out to support the gay community in a recent speech devoted to inclusion (and saturated with Instinct-approved sauciness directed at homophobic lawmaker Stacey Campfield).
"I have purposely and strategically put together a very diverse and inclusive leadership team and with City Council we have begun to tackle these issues head on. That's why in April I announced a non-discrimination ordinance that would ensure that the city did not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. I am so very proud that our City council passed that with a vote of 9-0. In our City Hall, it's okay to say gay."