Australians have taken to Twitter to share their experiences of homophobic and transphobic abuse as part of the campaign for equal marriage in the country.
A postal vote was opened earlier this week for citizens to vote either ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on whether they would like to see same-sex marriage legalised in Australia.
Comedian Josh Thomas decided to start the #TheyGetToVote hashtag in order to remind the people who vote ‘no’ what side they are on.
New hashtag: #TheyGetToVote. Where you say the homophobic abuse you've received or witnessed and remind the 'no' people what team the are on
— Josh Thomas (@JoshThomas87) September 13, 2017
The subject quickly started trending with LGBT+ people from all over the country sharing their harrowing experiences.
Here are just a few of the stories that were shared.
I recall a random stranger on a tram proudly telling me "I put one of you in hospital last week." #theygettovote
— Matt (@Matt_in_London) September 13, 2017
A whole class peer pressuring a girl into wearing a dress to the formal bc a girl in a suit would have "ruined the picture" #TheyGetToVote
— JustineRose (@justinerosieee) September 13, 2017
"As soon as you're 18, I'm kicking you the fuck out, Poofta." – My Father. #TheyGetToVote
— Crazy B ????️???? (@CrazyBTweets) September 13, 2017
i was told by a trusted church leader when i was 11 that "it's okay if you're gay, you're just never allowed to love anyone" #TheyGetToVote
— sarah (@underrexposed) September 13, 2017
From 14-19 I was so convinced by school/homophobia if outed I had to run, I had packed bag and money permanently in wardrobe #TheyGetToVote
— Graham Brown (@DrGrahamBrown) September 13, 2017
My brothers put cigarettes out on my skin to try and burn the gay out of me #TheyGetToVote
— chloe ???? (@itschloedaisy) September 13, 2017
Getting told by my former good friend I wasn't invited to her wedding because her husband hates gays #TheyGetToVote (not friends anymore)
— Whiskey Houston (@RobCoco) September 13, 2017
I held a boys hand at school and was pelted with rocks then they threw me in the urinal. Teacher told me to, "be more aware." #TheyGetToVote
— BM (@macleanbrendan) September 13, 2017
#TheyGetToVote I was told I couldn't date anyone because I liked boys and girls and I had to be single until I chose one
— Mackenzie Wilson (@MackEWilson) September 13, 2017
Australia will take part in a postal vote into November, and while the result won’t be binding, it will give politicians a better idea of what the public wants when they perform a vote in parliament.
The result will be announced on 15 November.
A recent poll suggested that 63% of Australians intend to vote in favour of same-sex marriage, but LGBT+ activists have criticised the $122 million procedure, as it will likely give homophobes a platform to voice hate – which it already has.