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“Some people are Gay. Get over it!”

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Holly Peacock
WVoN co-editor 

As part of its Education for All campaign, Stonewall (a lesbian, gay and bisexual charity) worked with some London secondary school pupils and teachers to come up with the slogan ‘Some people are Gay. Get over it!’

Supporting the charity, Titan Outdoor Advertising Ltd published 600 bus adverts displaying the slogan across London buses.

As part of a counter campaign, religious groups Anglican Mainstream and the Core Issues Trust cashed in on the success of the campaign using its exact format to inform the residents of London that it is possible to repent and be cured of homosexuality.

Their counter slogan read ‘Not gay! Ex-gay, post-gay and proud. Get over it!’

Just days before the posters were due to appear on London buses the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, intervened and pulled the campaign.

Speaking to The Guardian Newspaper Johnson said:”London is one of the most tolerant cities in the world and intolerant of intolerance.

“It is clearly offensive to suggest that being gay is an illness that someone recovers from and I am not prepared to have that suggestion driven around London on our buses.”

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