Stonewall, a British LGBT group, has launched a nationwide billboard campaign to fight homophobia.

Six hundred billboard panels will present the phrase “Some people are gay. Get over it!” in giant, tabloid-style capital letters, on a bright red background at sites in England, Scotland and Wales.

“A clear, bold message is being sent out by Stonewall over the next fortnight in a nationwide billboard campaign.” said the organisation.

The billboard advertising panels are a continuation of Stonewall’s striking poster campaign which began in schools in November 2007.

The statement and design were developed in collaboration with 150 secondary school pupils and teachers for Stonewall. They were originally launched by Dr Who and Torchwood star John Barrowman as part of Stonewall’s Education for All campaign to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.

The posters, stickers and postcards, distributed to all 5000 secondary schools across England, were so well-received by pupils and teachers that the message has gone beyond the school gates.

“Homophobia is almost endemic in our schools and blights the lives of people throughout society. It makes sense that this zero-tolerance message should be extended to the wider public. Across urban and rural Britain, this plain-speaking slogan will remind people that discrimination against gay men and lesbians is no longer acceptable,’ said Ben Summerskill, Stonewall Chief Executive,

The posters will appear on billboards for two weeks, from Monday 11 February 2008.

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