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TV, Radio And Football Stars Sign Up To Fight Homophobia and Transphobia

6 May 2011

Network Ten, ABC's triple j youth network and the Parramatta Eels are lending their support to a campaign aimed at reducing discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people.

To mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) on Tuesday 17 May, a selection of Network Ten presenters, triple j personalities and Eels players will appear in national TV, print and online advertisements encouraging people to get involved in This Is Oz, an online photo gallery where participants can upload pictures of themselves with messages that challenge homophobia or celebrate diversity and social inclusion. The web address is www.thisisoz.com.au

Network Ten has produced a 30 second community service announcement which will start screening nationally from May 10 and will continue to be screened after IDAHO. triple j will host a This Is Oz portal on its website (www.triplej.net.au) and promote the project on air. And some of the leading players from the Parramatta Eels will appear in a range of print and online ads to promote the project.

Participating celebrities include newsreader Sandra Sully, MasterChef judge Matt Preston, 7PM Project hosts Charlie Pickering, Carrie Bickmore and Dave Hughes, The Circle co-host and Gold-Logie nominee Chrissie Swan, The Biggest Loser trainer Michelle Bridges, triple j presenters Tom Ballard, Nina Las Vegas, The Doctor, Alex Dyson, Lewis McKirdy and Brendan Maclean and Eels players Taniela Lasola, Joel Reddy, Chris Walker and Etu Uaisele.

To help people make a contribution to the campaign, special This Is Oz photo booths will be operating at selected locations around Sydney on May 17 including the Parramatta Mall, Macquarie University's Ryde campus, the University of Western Sydney's Bankstown campus and the Blue Mountains Family Support Service in Katoomba.

This Is Oz is a project of ACON, Australia's largest community-based GLBT health and HIV/AIDS organisation. ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill says he's delighted that Network Ten, Triple J and the Parramatta Eels are supporting IDAHO and This Is Oz.

"IDAHO gives us an opportunity to reflect on the serious impact that homophobia and discrimination has on the health and wellbeing of our community, especially on young GLBT people who are up to 15 times more likely to attempt suicide than the general population," Mr Parkhill says. "Our This Is Oz initiative offers people throughout Australia a simple yet powerful way to speak up and show their support for a society that respects human rights, embraces diversity and accepts people on face value."

"We're extremely grateful for the support of all our This Is Oz project partners. This kind of publicity from high profile organisations and personalities is a really effective way of getting ordinary Australians to engage with the issue of GLBT discrimination, face up to the impact of homophobia and then hopefully do their bit to help make Australia a place where everyone belongs."

Visit www.thisisoz.com.au to view the community service announcement and the images of the participating celebrities as well as lots of other famous and fabulous folk.



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Contact: Andrew Hamadanian, Media and Communications Officer, ACON

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Email: ahamadanian@acon.org.au