Iraq has homosexuals. I've read that Saddam was in some old videos when he was younger. Plus our military is over there, so you know there are a big bunch of queers in Iraq (I used to web cam with one-- fun times). It's Iran that has no homosexuals, and there was no holocaust.
I am not surprised. I left Ohio 5 years ago because it has been shifting to the right and finally went to far. (of course now I'm in Virginia, so go figure!) I read the article link that Rocco posted, and this comment posted afterward is really telling about how uninformed much of the population there is:
"Why do we need to spend 1.5 million dollars to tell teenagers that if they inject illegal drugs into themselves or if they have pre-marital sex they will be exposing themselves to HIV/AIDS? Shouldn't their school health classes already be telling them this? My gosh, when did this federal spending spiral so out of control? The shame is not that Ohio didn't take the money, it's that the money is even being offered!"
I moved from California to Ohio about two years ago and its not as backwards as it appears most of the time.
Ohio has one of the worst educational systems in the country so I'm not surprised that they do not have the staff or structure to maintain HIV prevention programs in highschools. Make sure to reread that article (the plain dealer is a great paper), the educational system does not believe they qualify not they don't want to qualify. The legislature having control over the educational system is an unfortunate problem.
Check out the Aids Resource Center of Ohio or the Cleveland Free Clinic and The Aids Clinic. A student intern position being cut so they can keep more staff positions or better supplies isn't a horrible thing.
As far as this state turning right, we have an awesome governor who has balanced the budget and enacted an executive order banning state employment discrimination for gays and lesbians and has publicly said he would sign legislation for the private sector if it got to his desk.
Miami of Ohio as well as many of the other Ohio state schools has partner benefits.
Cougar: Other positions in the ACTU were cut as well (I suppose I should have mentioned that), though I think it came from the national group and not the state, but I can't be certain. And I still get some culture shock from being in Ohio (I also moved out here about 2 years ago), though like you said, it's improving. I mean, how conservative can a state be that has Kucinich representing them in the House!