LGBT+ people share their traumatic experiences of homophobia on Twitter

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.

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.

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.

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.

The debate for marriage equality has been intense in Down Under over the past few weeks, with anti-gay propaganda being circulated around the country and “scaremongering” adverts airing on TV.

Related: This gay couple are speaking out against same-sex marriage in Australia



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