Indiana offers first LGBT license plate in the country

Tue. January 17, 2012 10:42 AM by News Staff

Indianapolis, IN - The nation's first license plate featuring the logo of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization will go on sale in Indiana next month.

The new plates feature the logo of the Indiana Youth Group (IYG), an organization that advocates tolerance and provides training for schools and service agencies.

The specialty plates will be available beginning in February and will cost an additional $40 with $25 going directly to the group.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had sued Indiana's Bureau of Motor Vehicles in September after IYG's request for a specialty plate supporting gay teenagers was twice denied.

The suit was dismissed and the group applied for the new plate a third time.

IYG, which was founded in 1987, says proceeds from the sale of its plate will help support programming for an estimated 3,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youths the group serves at its center in Indianapolis and throughout the Hoosier state. 

Update: Indiana is the second state to offer a license plate featuring the logo of an LGBT organization. Maryland was the first in 2009.

Update: IYG provides with a first look at the mock-up of the new plate (pictured above)