I came across this article by Michael Lamber "Want to Help LGBTs in the South: Move Here". It's an opinion piece about dealing with criticisms, prejudices from others (he lived in New York City) about being from the South. It's an interesting article and made me think about my time away from New Orleans. I went to university in the Mid-West (Northwestern and University of Michigan). I don't recall being "looked down" upon because I was from the South.
For most people they didn't or couldn't believe I was from the Deep South, and only because I didn't have an accent. I never could get people to understand that not everyone in the South has an accent, and that there are different types of dialects with regards to accents. Other than that I never experienced and criticisms because I was from New Orleans.
Like most people, Southerners hate being talked down to—and that includes progressive Southerners. Every time an LGBT issue comes up, the criticism of Southerners overtakes the many efforts and yes, even successes, of progressives in the South. Michael Lamber
Do you think being from the South we are "looked down" upon? Do people in other parts of the country think we are ignorant and what do we say? No sure I agree that having people move to the South would change attitudes.