Prominent celebrities have joined forces with Stonewall to support its campaign against homophobic bullying in Britain’s schools.
In September’s issue of Attitude magazine, Hollyoaks actor James Sutton, screen icon Sir Ian McKellen, singer Danni Minogue, comedian Alan Carr, Westlife’s Mark Feehily, and The Feeling’s frontman Dan Gillespie Sells have been photographed wearing t-shirts which depict the campaign slogan:
‘Some people are gay. Get over it!’
Chris Gibbons, Stonewall’s senior education officer, said:
“As pupils return to school, it’s fitting that Stonewall’s campaign to tackle homophobic bullying has been given such a boost.
“Celebrity support is a way of getting the message out – especially to younger people – that homophobic bullying is unacceptable.”
Matthew Todd, editor of Attitude, told PinkNews.co.uk:
“I don’t consider this a ‘gay issue.’
“Most gay people will not have kids.
“These are the children of straight people. We are the children of straight people, mostly.
“I think that’s something that’s always fallen out of the debate about homosexuality in the past. It’s not a them and us issue, were all in this together.”
The ‘Some people are gay. Get over it!’ design started life as posters, postcards and stickers which are sent out to schools who want to support the campaign.
Earlier this year, the slogan ran as a billboard campaign in 600 locations across the country.
It recently featured on panels in London’s tube trains as part of Stonewall’s ‘back to school’ campaign.
During the campaign for Mayor of London all the main candidates also gave their backing to the fight against homophobic bullying in schools.
Mayor Boris Johnson announced last month that a £10,000 grant to Soho Pride will instead be re-invested to help facilitate a pan London campaign against homophobic bullying in schools.
The ‘Some people are gay. Get over it!’ t-shirts can be ordered at www.stonewall.org.uk/tshirt for £10 each plus p&p. All funds go to Stonewall’s campaign to tackle homophobic bullying.