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'No to Homophobia' Ads to Air in Australia: VIDEO


A 'No to Homophobia' campaign will begin airing on Australian television this week meant to stamp out homophobic and transphobic  harassment in sport and the workplace, and has the endorsement of the Australian Football League.

No to Homophobia is an independent body supported by organisations including the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby.

The AFL has signed as a major backer, along with the State Government, mental health advocates and the police force.

The campaign will be launched today by Health Minister David Davis.

Watch the ads, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Wow. Why is our advanced country so behind, in so many ways, on issues like this?

    Posted by: jsb | Aug 28, 2012 1:41:48 PM

  2. The problem I always faced was that unless you where an IM A FAG!!!!!! T-Shirt not everyone at work will clue in your gay even if you are out.

    Many times I would have to listen to homophobic lanquage, jokes and slurs and then have to figure out whether to just silently steam and let it go or jump all over people.

    Its often a hard choice to make when it can effect your job security.

    Thankfully, I have never had to deal with actual harrassment

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Aug 28, 2012 3:14:37 PM

  3. The voiceover sounds like Ewan McGregor.

    Posted by: jimstoic | Aug 28, 2012 3:33:49 PM

  4. to JSB,

    Most western nations don't have a rabidly idiotic christian right to contend with.

    Posted by: CHAD | Aug 28, 2012 4:03:25 PM

  5. I hope special copies are being sent to Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard and Bob Katter. The Australian Christian Lobby will just pretend it doesn't exist.

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 28, 2012 5:41:44 PM

  6. I love this, esp. since it shows caring, concerned straight people and letting them know they can help. I'd love it even more if it were in English. :-)

    Can anyone tell me what the very first guy said to the very hot guy with the red beard?

    Posted by: David R. | Aug 28, 2012 6:48:37 PM

  7. @David R. "You'd be loving this, mate, wouldn't ya?"

    Posted by: ST | Aug 28, 2012 7:15:44 PM

  8. @CHAD: Australia definitely has that (search for the Australian Christian Lobby) , but the dynamics of religion and conservatism are different here.

    Most political discourse is secular on the surface, but there are definitely religious underpinnings that shape major party policy and the opinions of many Australians.

    This is why our atheist, unwed Prime Minister is delivering the keynote at a major Christian conference soon and opposes marriage equality for undisclosed reasons. In reality, she relies on the support a Catholic powerbroker to maintain her position in her party.

    On the plus side, policy has evolved to grant many rights and protections to all non-married couples.

    On the negative, it makes the debate around things like marriage quite difficult to have because the foundations of people's opinions are often not clearly stated.

    Posted by: vs | Aug 28, 2012 8:56:05 PM

  9. Australia is not that progressive on gay rights. The awful Prime Minister at the moment is not a supporter of us at all. She is pathetic. There is no gay marriage in Australia and they are way behind on other gay issues too. The current Labor government is supposed to be left wing but they are not supportive of gay people at all. The Labor Prime Minister they just pushed out WAS a supporter of gay rights but the current Prime Minister stabbed him in the back and pushed him out of the job.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Aug 29, 2012 4:00:49 AM

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