Australia Fights Homophobia with TV Ads

By: Jase Peeples

No To Homophobia is a new initiative in Australia that is not only tackling the issue of LGBTIQ harassment, but also educating those directly affected by it with informative new television ads. 

According to the campaign’s website:

[No To Homophobia] aims to challenge all forms of harassment and discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (GLBTIQ) people, whether it happens in the workplace or in social situations. The campaign aims to reduce the incidence of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic harassment in Victoria (and beyond) by empowering both GLBTIQ people and the broader community to respond to and speak out against this harassment.

No To Homophobia is the first campaign of its kind to be broadcast on mainstream national television. While the campaign focus is on harassment in Victoria, 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.

Do you think the U.S. is ready for a campaign like No To Homophobia?

Check out the Australian ads below and sound off with your opinion in the comments underneath the video.