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People Are Angry With This Newspaper's Graphic That Appears To Show Same-Sex Attraction As Unhealthy

"I live in NSW, drink booze and occasionally take [drugs], but the most unhealthy thing is being a big ol' queer I guess."

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Australian newspaper the Daily Telegraph has prompted a flurry of outrage with the publication of an image on Wednesday morning that appeared to show same-sex attraction as unhealthy.

This morn's Daily Telegraph lists kids being attracted to the same sex as an example of being unhealthy, alongside… https://t.co/6Y2CtBy3Wd

The graphic was created to illustrate a new report from the New South Wales government on the state of the health of NSW's young people. The report covered "everything from obesity to sexuality".

is it just because @dailytelegraph has so normalized its bigotry and social contempt that this seems to have not ma… https://t.co/1uDSlZM3ib

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While the Daily Telegraph article itself is pretty straightforward – there's even a paragraph highlighting the findings regarding youth sexuality – the muddled graphic has drawn criticism from a lot of people on social media.

Wtf @dailytelegraph if I didn't already think you were complete garbage this is the mail in the coffin 😒 https://t.co/haYzVwF2Bd

um @dailytelegraph are there any stats on the number of people responsible for this piece who are still living in 1… https://t.co/fwoL5HNTRw

Being same sex attracted is not a health concern! I repeat, is 👏 not 👏 a 👏 health👏 concern 👏 @dailytelegraph

Hey @dailytelegraph there is zero evidence to put same sex attracted young people in your unhealthy graphic. Kids d… https://t.co/gay8bewHrp

.@dailytelegraph A homo here. I'm pretty stoked to be gay, I have a great friends, a career, a heater! I don't feel like a "health concern."

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i live in NSW, drink booze and occasionally take le drug, but the most unhealthy thing is being a big ol' queer i g… https://t.co/8rRiKvirPS

Some are sharing the graphic with an explanation on how to lodge a complaint to the Australian Press Council.

Anyone with a spare 5 mins, feel free to flick a complaint about the @dailytelegraph about their image below… https://t.co/CCnmtj72x3

To lodge a complaint about the Tele's dangerous rubbish go to Australian Press Council: https://t.co/b8s0Ec0UJd https://t.co/Xsm4XoZbik

Micah Scott, from Minus 18, Australia's largest youth-led network for gay, bi, lesbian, and trans teens, told BuzzFeed News there were two major issues with the Daily Telegraph's reporting.

"The graphic is the first and most obvious issue. The Daily Telegraph suggests being same sex attracted is a health hazard and that is pretty disgusting," he said.

"Articles like this make people feel like there's something wrong with them – couple that with daily attacks on [sexual health teaching program ] Safe Schools and young trans teens as well."

The second major issue, said Scott, was that the report blamed poor health outcomes on young people.

"The irony is lost on the Daily Telegraph that this type of vilification and blame is what can actually cause poor health outcomes in the first place," he said.

"If they approached these issues with any sincerity they would highlight that the best way to address these issues through support programs, not blaming the individual."

On Wednesday afternoon, the Daily Telegraph released a statement saying the graphic had been misinterpreted.

This is the statement from the @dailytelegraph 's editor on today's graphic #auspol

The Daily Telegraph did not immediately return BuzzFeed News' request for comment.

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Contact Brad Esposito at bradley.esposito@buzzfeed.com.

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