Anita Bryant

American singer

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".[1] She was also a former Miss Oklahoma beauty pageant winner.

Anita Bryant
Bryant in 1971
Bryant in 1971
Background information
Birth nameAnita Jane Bryant
Born (1940-03-25) March 25, 1940 (age 82)
Barnsdall, Oklahoma, U.S.
OriginTulsa, Oklahoma
GenresPop, Christian
Occupation(s)Singer, anti-gay activist
Years active1956–present
LabelsCarlton, Columbia, London, Word

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.[2]


  1. "Anita Bryant". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  2. Tobin, Thomas C. (April 28, 2002). "Bankruptcy, ill will plague Bryant". St. Petersburg Times. Archived from the original on 2011-01-23. Retrieved June 14, 2011.