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by Paul Karp
Materials labelling homosexuality a “curse of death” and claiming 92% of children of gay parents suffer abuse have surfaced in two separate incidents of homophobic campaigns against same-sex marriage.
Advocates have condemned the material, which included a poster urging Australians to “stop the fags” in Melbourne and a leaflet printed in English and Mandarin found in Hurstville, Sydney.
The poster, found in Heffernan Lane in the Melbourne CBD, claimed that children of gay parents are disproportionately abused, suffer depression and are obese.
The vast majority of studies show children with LGBTI parents are no worse off than those with heterosexual parents, including a survey of academic literature by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.
The poster depicts two figures menacing a blond child with rainbow belts.
The leaflet, targeted at English- and Chinese-speaking Australians, warned that homosexuality is “a curse of death in terminating the family line … without decedents [sic]”.
“Homosexuality is a tragedy of a family, a grave to the family bloodline, a curse of family sonlessness!”
The pamphlet also claimed that same-sex marriage would lead to “transexual ‘counterfeit’ women” having access to women’s bathrooms which it said would make it easier for rapists to target women.
It said that “anal sex among some homosexuals is the main source of HIV/Aids transmission”. The highest prevalence of HIV is still among gay men in Australia, however one-quarter of new infections in the four years to 2013 were attributed to heterosexual sex.
Long-time LGBTI rights advocate and Just Equal spokesman, Rodney Croome, said: “The hate displayed in these posters will shock and disgust the overwhelming majority of Australians.
“We call upon prime minister Malcolm Turnbull to condemn this vilification and set out the parameters for respectful debate.”
Croome said advocates had warned the government a plebiscite or postal survey “would amplify extremist and hateful views, yet the prime minister assured us of a respectful debate”.
“It is now incumbent on the prime minister, who initiated the postal vote campaign, to take responsibility and denounce anti-LGBTI vilification like this poster.”
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