A new anti-homophobia ad has come out in Australia and it made me tear up a little bit.
Here’s a tissue. Let’s talk about it.
No To Homophobia is a new campaign in Australia to educate the LGBTQ community and their allies about discrimination and harassment and the laws in place to prevent it. The ads include workplace, school, and sport harassment examples, but also extend to ”employment and employment-related areas, education, where goods and services are provided, land sales and transfers, accommodation, clubs, sport and local government.”
The campaign focuses on harassment in Victoria, but No To Homophobia:
sends the message to all Australians that homophobic, transphobic and biphobic harassment are never acceptable, and that those who experience unlawful harassment have official avenues to respond to it, including the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and the police, which can result in consequences for perpetrators.
But these ads aren’t just suggesting we shame the people who harass us; they’re calling upon us to actually report that discrimination to the police as a crime, and implying that there will be consequences for the harasser if they do so.
Had a discussion recently about a radscum harassing a trans* woman at work only yesterday with a Melbourne woman. Glad to see trans and bi folks in the ads.
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