Drop the London Anti-Gay Bus Adverts
It has been officially confirmed by TfL that the adverts will now NOT be appearing on the buses. We are however still in contact with the relevant bodies, who have launched an investigation into how happened, and will be posting updates on the Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/droptheads/ - this petition is now closed, but please join the group for further information.
We call on the London bus company that has been booked to carry an advertising campaign (starting Monday 16th April) which asserts the power of therapy to change the sexual orientation of gay people to be dropped immediately.
The adverts - which read "gay! Post-gay, ex-gay and proud. Get over it" - are clearly homophobic, and have the potential incite prejudice and discrimination.
Additionally, the British Medical Association (2010) passed a motion condemning conversion therapy advocated in these adverts, stating that such methods were "discredited and harmful to those 'treated'". It has also been condemned by leading medical organisations including the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
In the past week, there has also been a request by the author of a study often used to support conversion therapy (Spitzer, 2001) to be withdrawn.
We also request that any employee of the bus company who refuses to drive the buses displaying these advertisements faces no disciplinary action as a result.
More info about the adverts can be found on the Guardian website: www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/12/christian-anti-gay-ads-buses
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