The Victorian Government is under fire for spending $300,000 on a mobile phone game app that will teach people what it feels like to be gay.
In association with Victorian AIDS Council, Victoria University and games studio Mighty Games, the app will give players of all ages insights into the experiences of LGBTI people and the prejudices and discrimination they can face.
In the Government announcement, they suggested research shows family acceptance is the biggest factor influencing the health and wellbeing of LGBTI people and this project will provide a new way for families and others to approach these issues.
The gamified app will see players navigate through experiences faced by LGBTI people in order to build understanding, modify behaviours or change perspectives.
The project is supported through the Victorian Government’s Combatting Homophobia initiative which sought ideas for creative projects aimed at countering LGBTI discrimination and homophobia in the community.
Minister for Creative Industries and Minister for Equality Martin Foley said the app was part of the Government’s Creative State strategy, to support creative projects that deliver social benefits.
“Creativity can play a powerful role in promoting understanding, and this project is one of the ways we are working to bring about positive social change for the LGBTI community and for all Victorians.”
“We look forward to working with Mighty and the project partners to create a game which will be available to people across the state, the nation and the globe.”
The app will be completed by the end of 2018 and will be free to download.