Organisational supporters

Organisational supporters

The following organisations have given their support to the No to Homophobia Campaign and made a public commitment up against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in the community. Ask your workplace, community group, sports club or school to take a stand for a safe community by joining them. See www.notohomophobia.com.au/promise for more information on how organisations can show their support.

Founding partners

Founding supporters

Organisational supporters

Statements of support

 

Hon. David Davis MP – Victorian Minister for Health

“This ground breaking campaign is an example of what can be achieved by the collective efforts of government, community and business partners focussed on making Victoria a more inclusive and equitable society. “The Coalition Government funds a range of initiatives that support GLBTI programs and I’m pleased that the Department of Health is funding the No To Homophobia campaign with the support of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Headspace and the Human Right’s Law Centre. “In addition to GLBTI programs the Coalition Government funds HIV and sexual health, discrimination and diversity programs in both metropolitan and rural Victoria focused on reducing disadvantage and creating more healthy and sustainable communities.”

Hon. Mary Wooldridge MP – Victorian Minister for Mental Health, Women’s Affairs and Community Services

“Homophobia causes real harm and is never okay. “These advertisements send the message that harassment is never acceptable and that those who experience and witness it have avenues of redress that will result in consequences for the perpetrators. “Just as importantly, I hope these advertisements contribute to frank and widespread conversations about what is required to ensure that all Victorians can participate in our society equally and with confidence.”

Andrew Demetriou – CEO, Australian Football League (AFL)

“The ‘No to Homophobia’ initiative is a vitally important campaign that has the full support of the AFL industry. A campaign of this nature promoting respect for each other, healthy relationships and a safe, inclusive environment is imperative if we are to affect positive cultural change.” (Full AFL statement available)

Ken Lay – Chief Commissioner, Victoria Police

“Victoria Police strongly condemns all forms of violence, bullying, harassment and intimidation. There are laws in place to protect the rights of all Victorians and we encourage people to report any acts to police. Our Gay & Lesbian Liaison Officers are stationed at various police stations throughout Victoria, who have special training in GLBTI issues – however people can report a crime to any police member.”

Professor Jane den Hollander – Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University

“A willingness to stand up for the rights of others is a defining quality in Deakin graduates. A preparedness to take advantage of the benefits of a university education by making a difference in the world. Join us in saying no to homophobia.”

Nina Bassat AM – President, Jewish Community Council of Victoria

“The mark of an enlightened society is the ability to allow all its members to live in a cultural climate free from any form of harassment or discrimination. The ‘No to Homophobia’ campaign, by promoting an environment of respect and inclusiveness, seeks to ensure that the GLBTI members of our community can do so.”—7 May 2013

Dr Dvir Abramovich – Chair, B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission

“The B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission has a long standing commitment to protecting civil rights and opposing any form of bigotry, prejudice or hatred of anyone on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity and will fight for individual liberty and freedom from discrimination for all Australians. Although progress has been made, we still have much work to do to create cultures and climates where the GLBTI community feels welcome, included, and safe. No one should be discriminated against or ostracized because of his or her sexual orientation and the No to Homophobia Campaign is an important initiative which we are pleased to support.”—June 2013

Gary Samowitz – CEO, Jewish Aid

Jewish Aid takes an unequivocally firm stance against homophobia and any prejudicial and/or discriminatory behaviour towards LGBTI people, in our community and beyond. Discrimination of this kind speaks to the degradation of our collective humanity. It can cause irreparable mental and physical harm to the victim and has no place in any civilised or democratic society that holds life and liberty in the highest regard. Jewish Aid promotes pluralism, and that includes the right of every person to pursue a life of safety and security, free from homophobia.—1 August 2013