Recently, a new campaign was launched here in Australia (funded by the Department of Health) called No To Homophobia. It's basically a series of TV ads - they're all on their website if you want to have a look - that give examples of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in all sorts of situations, with a message that this kind of behaviour is unacceptable.
It's great to see this issue being addressed in a very mainstream way...but do you think it will actually make a difference? What do you think of the ads?
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I don't think that these ads are particularly powerful. On the other hand, it's amazing that they're government funded. And it's significant that they include transphobia because often queer activism doesn't do that. I feel that what can be more effective in stopping homophobia among young people are groups like the Safer schools coalition and QSAs within schools. PS- good job on your interview about Scarleteen, it was interesting to read
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While their impact isn't something that will change the world overnight, it's this trickle of exposure that people get that will eventually change the world. When something is acknowledged and made mundane, it'll eventually become more acknowledged, and more mundane.
It may be a long road, but every step counts.
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