Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd is the latest public figure to lend his voice to global anti-homophobia campaign It Gets Better.
In the video Rudd said Australia has a zero tolerance to bullying.
“This message is for the young folk in our schools who are bullied because they are gay.”
“In Australia it’s reported that one in two LGBTI teens experiences bullying at school. It’s got to stop.
“Let me say quite simply, it’s not okay.”
Rudd joins US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and a host of community leaders and celebrities lending support to the anti-homophobia campaign.
“Together we can work to fight discrimination,” Rudd said.
“Australia is a country that prides itself on diversity and that is why we need to challenge homophobia in schools and in our communities.
“Because if we say it is unacceptable then it will get better.”
Rudd’s It Gets Better message appeared following discussions at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth in which Rudd raised the issue of criminalisation of homosexuality.
A spokeswoman for Rudd’s office told the Star Observer Rudd yesterday raised the issue with Commonwealth foreign ministers.
“He strongly declared Australia’s position on decriminalisation, and our determination to continue to advocate for LGBT rights within the Commonwealth and more broadly,” she said.
It’s understood Canadian foreign minister John Baird was the only other foreign minister to join Australia’s calls.