Anti-homophobia campaign targets AFL fans

Days after AFL player Jason Akermanis controversially  urged gay players to stay in the closet, the code has renewed an anti-homophobia campaign.

Last week, Akermanis used his column in Melbourne’s Herald Sun to suggest that the code was not ready for openly gay players because team-mates would be uncomfortable in the showers.

The campaign has been created by the Youth Mental Health Foundation, Headspace and the AFL Players Association.

The video features the words of North Melbourne player Drew Petrie and Hawthorn Premiership player Brad Sewell, along with previously-released images of past and present AFL players and coaches holding signs voicing their views on homophobia.

The images were originally used in an internet campaign in the lead up to the recent International Day Against Homophobia.

The campaign had been organised before Akermanis’ comments.

Headspace CEO Mr Chris Tanti, said: “AFL players standing up to homophobia will go a long way to removing the stigma some sections of our community still attach to gays and lesbians. We congratulate the AFLPA and the players for their stance against homophobia and hope that other members of the community will show the same integrity as these men,” Mr Tanti said.

The agency behind the campaign is Freedom Media.


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