A picture of a
newborn baby wearing a wristband reading "Homosexual"
will go up soon on billboards across the Tuscan region
of Italy. It is part of a new campaign by the regional
government to end homophobia.
According to a
report from Reuters, conservative politicians and Vatican
officials have expressed disapproval of the image, which has
already run in some area newspapers. The campaign has
received mixed reviews from within the LGBT community
as well, with some saying the image implies that gays
are a different species. Others have praised the message.
"I'm very much in
favor of the advertisement because it expresses a
concept that I've been convinced of for some time -- that
homosexuality is not a choice," Italian gay lawmaker
Franco Grillini told Reuters.
The campaign was
developed by the Canadian foundation Emergence and has
been used previously in Quebec. (The