Enhancing the wellbeing of Victoria’s GLBTI communities.

“Coming out” footy posters

Footy poster #1

“Which team do you barrack for?” took on a whole new meaning, with the launch of Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria’s (GLHV) “Coming out” series of 6 footy posters.

The posters take a humorous look at a serious issue, how young people tell their parents and other family members that they are lesbian, gay or bisexual.

“We know that for many same-sex attracted young people coming out to their parents and family is still a difficult and frightening thing” said Professor Anne Mitchell, Director of GLHV. “A lot of these young people are unsure of how their parents and families will react. At the same time, we know that for many families the news comes as a shock not because they’re homophobic but because they’ve just never considered that one of their kids might be lesbian, gay or bisexual”.

Professor Mitchell said that the posters are intended to give parents and families a space to consider the possibility that a child may be same sex attracted and to see this as part of everyday life and not as something scary or threatening.

The posters draw on the unique place of football in Victorian family life and how barracking for the same team is an important part of bonding within families and across generations. Each of the 6 posters has a young person talking to one or both of their parents in the context of a footy match. The team colours are clearly on display. In one of poster a relieved father, wearing a Collingwood scarf, says to his son, “Thank god, I thought you were going to tell me you were switching to Carlton”.

Professor Mitchell thanked the AFL for allowing GLHV to use club colours and names and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gay Men (PFLAG) for their support. The photography, design and layout of the posters was by Sunil Patel and include GLHV’s contact web address where parents and young people can get information and support if needed.

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Number 1
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Number 2
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Number 3
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Number 4
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Number 5
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Number 6

To order your free copies of the poster email info@glhv.org.au. Please tell us if you want the whole series or the specific poster by its number as listed above. We're happy to send out multiple copies to Victorian based people and organisations.

Photos from the launch - Thursday 22 July 2010

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Format:
Resource, GLHV resource
Obtaining printed stock:
Copies of this GLHV resource are currently in stock . To obtain a printed copy, please contact us.