Bryant in 1971
|Birth name||Anita Jane Bryant|
|Born||March 25, 1940|
Barnsdall, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Singer, anti-gay activist|
|Labels||Carlton, Columbia, London, Word|
Anita Jane Bryant (born March 25, 1940) is an American singer and anti-gay rights activist. She scored four Top 40 hits in the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including "Paper Roses". She was also a former Miss Oklahoma beauty pageant winner.
In the 1970s, Bryant became known as an outspoken critic of gay rights in the U.S. In 1977, she ran the "Save Our Children" campaign to repeal a local ordinance in Dade County, Florida which prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Her involvement with the campaign was condemned by gay rights activists.
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