Horrific homophobic posters have appeared depicting two men holding rainbow-coloured nooses over a cowering child.
The hateful image was spotted in Heffernan Lane in the heart of Melbourne’s central business district on Saturday.
A photo of the poster provoked an outraged response on social media, even attracting the ire of opposition leader Bill Shorten.
The poster, titled ‘Stop the F*gs’, claims 92 per cent of children raised by gay parents suffer from abuse.
It says that 52 per cent are depressed and 72 per cent are obese.
The poster referenced a discredited 2016 study by Reverend Paul Sullins from the Catholic University of America.
Gay rights activist Rodney Croome said the Australian Institute for Family Studies found children raised by same-sex couples had the same outcomes as other children, contradicting claims made in the poster.
This is all the anti-LGBT people have against us: lies and hate. That foundation is crumbling, and they have nothing else to stand on.
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One occasionally forgets – Australia is still crude oil as a nation
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