Brisbane City Council Bans Queer Film Festival Poster

Brisbane City Council Bans Queer Film Festival Poster

Brisbane City Council banned a Brisbane Queer Film Festival poster because of this image of two young men kissing on a beach.

Brisbane’s upcoming Queer Film Festival is a big event, bringing together gay, lesbian, transgender and intersex communities from Queensland and all around the country.

To celebrate and promote the event, organisers have created a series of beautiful poster artworks – one of which you definitely won’t be seeing on the streets of Brisvegas.

Brisbane City Council told organisers of the event that the image was ‘too explicit and confronting’.

Jake Harrison, of My Kitchen Rules fame, features in the poster series. He is justifiably disappointed with the decision.

“It is annoying,…  This type of ad, featuring two gay men is used, it is deemed unfit for Brisbane’s eyes. Of course, the best poster torn down,” he said.

Not too sure what could considered ‘explicit’ about a couple kissing in their swimmers.

There’s no nudity here folks, just some very, very excellent abdominal muscles.

The poster is simply an endearing – albeit sandy and potentially itchy – expression of love.

And as for the image being ‘confronting’.

Surely in 2014, with most national laws discriminating against homosexuality abolished (except that pesky marriage act, which is still in need of some serious tinkering), we can all be un-confronted by a picture of two blokes kissing?

After all. What’s wrong with a sneaky pash in the waves, eh? Seems bloody well Australian.

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