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Why is online homophobia being ignored?

A shocking campaign shows how real life homophobia and transphobia is dealt with in minutes by law enforcement, but online hate can fester for years and years.

A brand new campaign has set out to show the impact of online homophobia and transphobia.

Every day thousands of homophobic and transphobic messages are posted online and some of these vile messages made their way onto a disturbing billboard in real life.

Passersby were shocked by what they read and within twenty minutes the police had been called and the removal of the printed messages was underway.

However, the filmmakers are keen to stress that these same messages still appear online.

The powerful video, filmed in Canada, dubbed “Brutal postings” was created for the International Day against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and is asking people to flag and report hate they see online.

The video starts with a stark fact, that every 23 seconds an anti-LGBT message is posted online.

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Filmmakers set out to show what happens when homophobic and transphobic messages that have been published online are printed onto black and white cards and then pasted to a huge billboard.

The result is a shocking wall of hate, which soon attracts the disgust of passersby, who remark at how vile the words are and that the huge billboard needs to be removed.

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Some of the messages target the trans community, while others focused in on the gay community.

Within minutes the police are called and the messages are removed – but why doesn’t that happen online?

Recently UK reality star, Bobby Norris shared some horrific anti-gay online hate directed at him. In early 2019 he started a petition which he delivered to 10 Downing Street asking the government to make online homophobia a specific crime.

He managed to garner over 100,000 signatures to support his campaign.

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