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TODAY is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) which was created to unite millions of people in support of the recognition of human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has been a vocal supporter of his state’s LGBTI people including marching in Pride March, extending funding to Safe Schools and confirming funding for a number of LGBTI initiatives in this year’s budget.

 In honour of IDAHOT, and to demonstrate why it is important to recognise the amount of discrimination, homophobia and transphobia that still exists in the world, Andrews shared a small sample of the homophobic hate mail his office receives with website pedestrian.tv.

Below are screenshots of some of the emails Andrews shared. But he has a clear message for homophobes and transphobes: “Take your best shot, haters. These emails are going in the bin, because equality is not negotiable.”

“If this is what these people are prepared to say to a Premier, I shudder to think what they would say to young people who are hurting no one and who are just trying to be themselves,” Andrews told pedestrian.tv.

“Homophobia, prejudice and hate still exist in every country in the world and we have to call it out wherever we see it. These emails and letters serve only to remind us exactly why we need law reform, leadership and programs like Safe Schools.”

Below are some of the emails he shared:

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Facebook users replied to Andrews’ post thanking him for his support, and shared their stories of bullying, discrimination and depression as a result of harassment they had received.

If you have experienced bullying or need someone to talk to, beyondblue offers LGBTI services and counselling. You can visit their website or call 1300 22 4636.

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