Another horrific homophobic poster has appeared in Australia following a Melbourne laneway image depicting two men holding rainbow-coloured nooses over a cowering child was spotted earlier this month.
The latest vile poster was allegedly spotted in Brisbane’s West End on Monday and was shared online by Reddit user jilly32.
‘In West End. This is the vile hate the plebiscite is unleashing’, the post read.
The plastered sign features a man and woman with a baby, while below was a man with a young boy on his shoulders, with another man leaning in to kiss the child.
The top image was captioned ‘this is a family’ while the bottom photo ‘this is not’.
Another horrific homophobic poster has appeared in Brisbane (pictured) following the Melbourne poster found earlier this month
Dozens of Reddit users took to the site to slam the poster and the creator of the sign
At the bottom of the poster, it reads: ‘ A vote for gay marriage is a vote for child abuse’.
The post was quickly awash with comments lambasting the creator of the poster and the decision to put it up.
‘Its the hatred that drives them insane. Rather produce this than sleep’, one user wrote.
Another wondered what would happen if the creator were to have a gay child in the future.
‘What happens if the person who made this poster has a kid one day that is gay? Will they disown their own child? Ridiculous. We are all human and deserve the same rights and respect’, they wrote.
One user pointed out the irony of which picture was more likely to be a ‘real’ family.
‘Its funny because the stock image family is almost definitely not a real family anyway’, they joked.
It follows another hateful image allegedly spotted in Heffernan Lane in the heart of Melbourne’s central business district on August 19.
A horrific homophobic poster (pictured) appeared earlier this month depicting two men holding rainbow-coloured nooses over a hunched-over and cowering child
The posters were spotted by a Twitter user (pictured) in the heart of Melbourne’s central business district
A photo of the poster provoked an outraged response on social media, even attracting the ire of opposition leader Bill Shorten.
The poster, titled ‘Stop the F*gs’, claims 92 per cent of children raised by gay parents suffer from abuse.
It says that 52 per cent are depressed and 72 per cent are obese.
The poster referenced a discredited 2016 study by Reverend Paul Sullins from the Catholic University of America.
Gay rights activist Rodney Croome said the Australian Institute for Family Studies found children raised by same-sex couples had the same outcomes as other children, contradicting claims made in the poster.
Opposing posters (pictured) telling people to vote ‘Yes’ can be seen in other parts of Melbourne
One social media user rushed to the scene (pictured) to remove the offending posters but found a clean-up already under way
‘Overall, research evidence indicates that children raised in same-sex parented families do as well emotionally, socially and educationally as other children,’ he said.
Some Twitter users were quick to take action, with one person arriving at the scene to take it down only to find a clean up already in progress.
Mr Shorten retweeted an article about the offending poster, apologising to those who might have been hurt by it.
‘Labor opposed this postal survey because we feared exactly this kind of hurtful filth would emerge,’ Mr Shorten wrote.
The posters appeared just days after Sydney was hit by similar anti-gay marriage leaflets, posted in letterboxes in the southern Sydney suburb of Hurstville (pictured is the rainbow flag flying over Sydney’s Town Hall.
“This kind of garbage isn’t “debate”, it’s abuse. I’m so sorry that LGBTI Australians have to put up with it. Let’s make sure there’s an overwhelming ‘Yes’ vote in response.’
Former prime minister Tony Abbott warned of potential consequences for religious educators, adoption agencies and school programs if same-sex marriage was legalised.
‘If we have officially sanctioned de-gendering marriage, it’s very hard not to see de-gendering come in in so many other areas as well,’ he said.
‘It isn’t just about marriage. Sure, marriage is the immediate focus, but there are lots and lots of implications here, and we’ve got to think them through before we take this big leap into what I think is the dark.’
Bill Shorten (pictured) tweeted about the offending poster, apologising to those who might have been hurt by it
Australia is preparing for a postal plebiscite on gay marriage, and voters have until August 24 to update their details or enrol.
The posters appeared just days after Sydney was hit by similar anti-gay marriage leaflets, posted in letterboxes in the southern Sydney suburb of Hurstville.
The flyers, written in English and Chinese, stated: ‘Homosexuality is a curse of death in terminating the family line and without decedents.’ (sic)
The letter also warned of HIV/AIDS and a risk to women’s safety in public bathrooms.
Australia is preparing for a postal plebiscite on gay marriage, and voters have until August 24 to update their details or enrol (pictured is the rainbow flag flying over Sydney’s Town Hall)