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Women named ‘Gay’ complain acceptance TV ad discriminates

A woman named Gay has lodged a complaint against a gay rights television advertisement claiming it discriminates against people who share her name.

Gay Fairweather made a complaint with New Zealand’s Advertising Standards Authority about the ad from Rainbow Youth, an organisation which supports young LGBTIQ people.

The ad promotes the slogan ‘if it’s not gay, it’s not gay’, aimed at stopping the casual use of the word ‘gay’ in a derogatory way.

‘I am deeply insulted with the slogan as I feel it’s saying unless I’m a lesbian I’m not me,’ she said in her complaint.

 

Gay Fairweather made a complaint with New Zealand’s Advertising Standards Authority about the ad from Rainbow Youth, an organisation which supports young LGBTIQ people

‘I’m 57 and my name is Gay… its meaning is happy and I’m heterosexual.

‘I have never been offended or insulted that my name is Gay. There has been the looks and laughter, which I’m fine with,’ she said.

‘I’ve accepted that I’ve had to change the spelling of my name for emails and other software that requires my name.’

Ms Fairweather said the slogan used in the advertisement was ‘insulting to all the females who’s name is Gay [sic]’.

In considering the complaint chairwoman Heather Roy said the Bill of Rights granted freedom of expression, and said it was unlikely to cause ‘serious and widespread offence’.

The ad promotes the slogan 'if it's not gay, it's not gay', aimed at stopping the casual use of the word 'gay' in a derogatory way

The ad promotes the slogan ‘if it’s not gay, it’s not gay’, aimed at stopping the casual use of the word ‘gay’ in a derogatory way

In considering the complaint chairwoman Heather Roy said the Bill of Rights granted freedom of expression, and said it was unlikely to cause 'serious and widespread offence'

In considering the complaint chairwoman Heather Roy said the Bill of Rights granted freedom of expression, and said it was unlikely to cause ‘serious and widespread offence’

The complaint was then dismissed.

Rainbow Youth spokeswoman Toni Duder told Daily Mail Australia her organisation was happy with the decision.

‘We’re really proud of our ad, and think it tackles an important issue. It’s the top of the iceberg in terms of homophobia in our society, but it’s an important step.

‘[New Zealand is] one of the only countries having a national conversation about this issue and that’s something we’re proud of.’ 

Rainbow Youth spokeswoman Toni Duder told Daily Mail Australia her organisation was happy with the decision

Rainbow Youth spokeswoman Toni Duder told Daily Mail Australia her organisation was happy with the decision

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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