Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong MP, and NSW Greens spokesperson on Sexuality and Gender Identity has condemned the article in today’s Daily Telegraph which includes same-sex attraction in young people as ‘unhealthy’. She has made a formal complaint to the Australian Press Council.
“The portrayal of same-sex attracted young people in today’s Daily Telegraph as a ‘health concern’ is nothing short of blatant vilification”, she said.
“Given the high risk of mental health challenges LGBTIQ young people face as a result of discrimination and bullying in our society, this graphic in the Daily Telegraph today is appalling.
“The real health threat for LGBTIQ young people is the vile, homophobic, transphobic and queerphobic attacks promulgated by some media commentators, politicians and so-called community leaders.”
“The Greens stand by young people and will defend their right to live free from discrimination and vilification. I look forward to standing with people who share this view at a snap action outside the Daily Telegraph offices in the electorate of Newtown tomorrow.”
“There should be no place for homophobic journalism in today’s society – and there should certainly be repercussions for any company that chooses to publish these offensive views.”
Details of the snap action available here