A recent safe sex campaign has revealed the depths to which homophobia continues to damage the health, safety and general wellbeing of many ordinary Australians. Straight or gay, we each share a fundamental right to live without prejudice.
For those who may not be aware of this campaign, this advertisement appeared on bus shelters and what followed was that advertising organisation Adshel made the decision to remove these following a tirade of complaints from a ‘concerned public’.
Following is a sample from one of the complaints made:
To promote this lifestyle to our youth is NOT in the interests of HEALTHY COMMUNITIES. The only place this message should be seen would be to practicing homosexuals, NOT to impressionable youth in our general public spaces.
The complainant clearly does not understand that ‘practicing homosexuals’ are a part of our community. The logic or rather lack of it from the complainant appears to be that if you do not advertise condoms then somehow ‘vulnerable youth’ will not be lured to this ‘lifestyle’. I personally have never known the lack of a condom as a preventative to stop young people having sex – gay or straight.
Anyway, the offending advertisements were duly taken down from bus stops. However I am pleased to report – and this comes from youngest daughter in Brisbane – something of a People’s Revolution occurred and people started to print out the advertisements and paste them over the spaces where they had been removed.
And in further good news…
ADSHEL REINSTATES QAHC’S ‘RIP AND ROLL’ CAMPAIGN FOLLOWING ORCHESTRATED COMPLAINTS
Following ACL Queensland director Wendy Francis’ acknowledgement that the complaints received by Adshel, Brisbane City Council and the Advertising Standards Bureau regarding QAHC’s campaign have been orchestrated by the Australian Christian Lobby, Adshel is reinstating the ‘Rip and Roll’ campaign.
Adshel earlier responded to a series of complaints by removing the campaign from its media panels yesterday. None of the complaints indicated any liaison with the ACL, so Adshel was made to believe that they originated from individual members of the public.
Adshel CEO Steve McCarthy comments: “It has now become clear that Adshel has been the target of a coordinated ACL campaign. This has led us to review our decision to remove the campaign and we will therefore reinstate the campaign with immediate effect.”