The comic book was intentionally small – just 12 pages and printed in A5 format – so that a reader could conceal it easily and not incriminate themselves by being caught with pro-SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) literature. The comic was also available for download online and we made a black and white version so it was easily printable and could be distributed at a grass roots level. We also created a video to explain the broader scope of the situation to outsiders and those who worked in NHRI offices, encouraging them to spread the word online.
The project was launched at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Canberra on 3 October 2014, by Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Human Rights Commission; Tim Wilson, Human Rights Commissioner; the South African High Commissioner, Her Excellency Ms Koleka Mqulwana and Senator Dean Smith, Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights. The comic, video, factsheet and website were sent to Human Rights Centres in 16 African Commonwealth countries, most of which have criminalised homosexuality.