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June 2013

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City of Boroondara IDAHO day planning committee members David Lim, Helen Luxford, Luke Cassell, Liz Landray and Rowena Morrow.

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More than 50 organisations are backing the No to Homophobia Campaign.

‘No’ the word on homophobia

A campaign asking Australians to give their word to stand up against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. Always. was launched live on radio in Melbourne’s CBD.

The launch coincided with International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) 2013.

The campaign has been backed by health authorities and more than 50 organisations ranging from the Department of Health and the AFL to Telstra and the Australian Federal Police.

‘The No to Homophobia Campaign was founded on a growing body of research showing a strong link between sex and gender-based harassment, discrimination and abuse with a range of physical and psychological health issues, including anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide,’ said Human Rights Law Centre Director of Advocacy and campaign spokesperson Anna Brown.

‘Homophobia, biphobia and transphobia should be viewed as serious public health issues that cause great harm, particularly to younger and more isolated members of our community.’

Acting Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Karen Toohey said the commission was proud to support the No to Homophobia Campaign.

‘It is up to all of us to take action to send the strong message that homophobia in all its forms is destructive, unacceptable and often against the law.

‘There is no place for hate, discrimination and harassment in our community.

‘We all have a role to play in standing up to the homophobia and transphobia that exists in our workplaces, schoolyards and businesses, on the sporting field and in and other public places,’ Ms Toohey said.

Ms Brown said asking people to stand together was an important strategy in creating change.

‘It’s hard to stand alone but, together, we can make our community a safe place for everyone.’

•             For more information visit www.notohomophobia.com.au/promise. A full list of supporters is available at www.notohomophobia.com.au/about/organisational-supporters.