By Nick Cummins (left), creative partner, The Royals
looks like we are going to have a plebiscite in some form on marriage
equality. And that means our LGBTQI friends are going to be surrounded
by hurtful and potentially harmful messages. But as as a group of people
who are in the business of making messages we can do something about
If we all come together as an industry and say No to
making or publishing these messages we can have a huge positive impact.
So a group of us have launched Say No to No.
An honour role of companies and individuals who pledge they will not
work on the harmful vote No campaign. So please take a moment and
register your name as one of the companies or people who are taking a
stand and support your LGBTQI colleagues, friends or family.
Australians have always been quick to define ourselves as a
country where we help each other out. We pride ourselves on being fair -
our national anthem even has it in the title, for God's sake. But when
it comes to marriage equality somehow we have forgotten that a fair go
for all is at our core. Even worse, our elected officials don't have the
backbone to make the call on our behalf.
This means we are
likely to have a plebiscite in some form. And with this plebiscite will
come a whole lot of hurtful messages from the No campaigners. Messages that will upset many in our community. Messages that may push
some of us into depression or, even worse, to take our own lives.
on the research you look at, people who identify as being gay or
lesbian are 3 to 4 times more likely to experience anxiety and/or
depression, largely due to homophobic harassment and violence. A report
called Growing Up Queer, conducted by the University of Western Sydney
and Twenty10, proves that the unfair treatment of non-heterosexual
people is a life-and-death matter. The study found 16 per cent of GLBTIQ
young Australians had attempted suicide and a third had harmed
themselves, largely again due to homophobic harassment.
we can do something. After all, we are in the business of making
messages. Imagine if every agency, production company, sound designer or
illustrator said No to working on these harmful ads. Imagine then our
friends in media also standing up and saying No to the No campaign. And
brands also joining in to pledge that no harmful ads will appear on
their sites or channels.
Yes, the No campaigners will find a way
to make their hurtful divisive messages. But we can make it difficult
for them. And more importantly, we as an industry can show our friends
in the non-heterosexual community that we still believe in them and in
Help stop the harmful messages and Say No to No.
or send an email to email@example.com
and pledge that you won't work on the No campaign and tell us why. We
will then add you to our honour roll and keep you up to date on how our
movement is progressing.