Earlier this month a Christian political pressure group created a controversial billboard that read “Gay aim: Abolish the family.” With that in mind I wondered if a billboard I saw the other day might have been a direct response to that, it read “Some people are gay. Get over it.”


It turns out that the billboard isn’t a response to nutty Christians, but is instead part of a nationwide campaign in schools by charity Stonewall. The campaign which started back in November 2007 has distributed posters, stickers and postcards to all 5,000 high schools across England.

According to Ben Summerskill, Stonewall Chief Executive, “Homophobia is almost endemic in our schools and blights the lives of people throughout society. It makes sense that this zero-tolerance message should be extended to the wider public. Across urban and rural Britain, this plain-speaking slogan will remind people that discrimination against gay men and lesbians is no longer acceptable.”

There are two of these billboard close to where I live, one of which is ironically positioned on the other side of the road to the ‘Bebington Christian Life centre.’ Unlike the “Gay aim” billboard, Stonewall’s “Get over it” billboard raised no objections or complaints.

billboardUnsurprisingly at least one of the 600 billboard that have appeared around the country as been defaced.

George Haworth, secretary of the 4 Health Group, which supports lesbians, gay men and bisexuals, said. “It’s 2008 now and people are still obviously not happy with a poster saying get real and get with the reality of today.” He continued. “There are a variety of reasons why people write such offensive things: sometimes it’s hate, sometimes it’s religiously orientated, but it’s all ignorant.”

As a side, note I still haven’t received a reply to the email I sent to Kensington Temple’s Pastor Colin Dye about the “Gay aim” billboard. Dye is a co-founder of the CCTV, the group that ran that billboard, but he has thus far ignored the email in which I challenged the CCTV’s wisdom in being so openly aggressive toward a section of society. You can see the email in the comments on that particular post.

Gay aim : Are you offended?