While we are on the subject of homosexuals.....

Nikki - posted on 05/31/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )




Adshel Gives in to Homophobic Pressure and Removes Gay Safe Sex Advertisements

Adshel, the company that provides advertising in bus shelters around Brisbane, has today given in to pressure from the Australian Christian Lobby and removed a safe sex campaign featuring a gay male couple.

Adshel, Goa Billboards (where the advert is also placed) and the Advertising Standards Bureau have received complaints from a clearly orchestrated campaign from a well organised minority to have the advertisements removed.

The advert has been released by the Queensland Association for Healthy Communities* (‘Healthy Communities’) as part of our Queensland Government funded HIV prevention and sexual health promotion work with gay men.

The ‘Rip & Roll’ advert features a gay male couple (fully clothed) in an affectionate embrace holding an unopened condom packet. The campaign logo “Rip & Roll” is featured with an unbranded condom in its packet. It is accompanied with the strap-line ‘A safe sex message from Healthy Communities’ and provides our web address and 1800 line.

“We are deeply disappointed by the behaviour of Adshel in removing the advertisements, without even notifying us and without proper reason” said Paul Martin, Executive Director of Healthy Communities.

“The advert is in no way explicit or offensive to the average Queenslander. The complaints claim that depictions of gay people and discussion of sexual health are not appropriate for the general community. We reject these claims outright.”

“2010 saw the highest number of people diagnosed with HIV than at any time since testing began in the mid 1980s. 65% of these diagnoses are among gay men. Now, more than ever, it is important that we get the safe sex message out to Queenslanders, particularly gay men, wherever they may be.”

“The advertisement is quite conservative when compared with other public advertisements for a range of commercial products and previous sexual health campaigns by the Australian and Queensland Governments.”

“The Australian Christian Lobby has used homophobia dressed up as protecting children to have an important public education campaign removed. ACL’s Queensland Director Wendy Francis has previously been criticised and forced to apologise for sending out a homophobic tweet likening gay marriage to ‘legalising child abuse’. They are now trying have gay people erased from the public sphere.”


The facebook event

Interested to hear your thoughts


Nikki - posted on 06/01/2011




Well you wouldn't think so Mandy, the Brisbane city council has gay councillors, they approve permits for all the gay bars and they have that big gay day out on the streets of Brisbane. It's just that stupid Wendy woman from the ACL, she is an ignorant bigot. Thankfully I heard on triple J this afternoon that Adshel was not aware that the ACL were behind the complaints therefore they are putting the posters back up. Yay people power!

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Yowzer. I saw the Fb page- people are pretty upset and rightly so. Good lord I would have thought the public safety message was the important part not sexual orientation?? I didnt think we were that backward in Brisvegas??

Jenni - posted on 05/31/2011




Apparently, being a homosexual is the more diabolical of the two 'sins' on the moral compass. *eye roll*

"Matthew 7:1-5

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

Luke 6:37

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;

John 7:24

Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

Romans 2:1-3

Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God?

James 4:11-12

Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

Ephesians 4:29

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Matthew 7:5

You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

James 4:12

There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

Romans 14:1-13

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. ...

John 8:7

And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Luke 6:31

And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them."

Quite a few more passages on passing judgement and condemning others than there is on homosexuality. Interesting.

But the children!!!! Oh the horror!!! It's two men embracing!!!

Doesn't Jesus embrace all of his followers?

Are they afraid their children are going to see two men embracing and think; Hey that looks really cool! I think I want to hop on the gay fad so I can deal with ridicule, hate, biogtry, gay-bashing, condemnation for being gay in our society. Awesome. Sign me up.

It's just 'unnatural'. Well so is hair dye, but we haven't banned that have we?


Amber - posted on 05/31/2011




Once again...Good ol' Christian tolerance....
Why practice what you preach when you can oppress people instead?

Jenni - posted on 05/31/2011




I simply wrote 'bigots' on the ACL press release proclaiming their victory. I'm sure it will be deleted.


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Charlie - posted on 06/01/2011




Adshel are full of shit ...Every "complaint" was exactly the same copy / paste text ACL told them to send in.

Jenni - posted on 06/01/2011




Great! Thanks for that info Nikki. Take that ACL! *karate chop action*

Nikki - posted on 05/31/2011




I just cannot believe they are so close minded. I am really disgusted that this woman's homophobic views have gotten in the way of the very important health message. This is creating so much controversy here in Australia today, since the fb page was created last night it is on every news and radio station.

Johnny - posted on 05/31/2011




Yet more Christians bent on giving Christians a bad name. I'm not too impressed with the advertising space firms either. What kind of losers bow to idiotic pressure from bigoted minority groups? Next there will be racists lobbying to have billboards showing people of different races mixing removed. It's all bigotry and it's all disgusting. So exhausting all this stupidity.

Rosie - posted on 05/31/2011




how fucking idiotic do governments have to be? oh lord, i need more drinks everyday i tell ya!

Tara - posted on 05/31/2011




This is a problem. Why does public health have to curtail their awareness efforts because some Christians got their petticoats all in a twitch. OMG two men embracing!! With a condom in their possession, what will happen to society? Our children will all turn to drugs and anal sex. Our neighbours will start having anal gay orgies in their back yards.
What exactly is the issue with this ad? That it promotes safe sex for gay men? Or that it portrays two men as gay and maybe planning a fun night together?
I don't get it. Does Australia not have separation of state and church?

Jenni - posted on 05/31/2011




Irrate. Sorry, I'm going to have to collect my thoughts and come back to this one. :/

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