Aussie comedian Josh Thomas created a simple hashtag #TheyGetToVote that has snowballed into a social movement as LGBTI Australians share their homophobic abuse stories on social media.
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
#TheyGetToVote shines a light on the type of people who will be given a free vote on same-sex marriage in the government’s postal survey.
Some of the tweets contain horrific and graphic descriptions of homophobic abuse and violence.
When I was 16 I went through gay conversion therapy at my local church. I was told I was broken and damaged because I’m gay. #TheyGetToVote
— Ben Gresham (@bengresham) September 14, 2017
Disowned by my family and kicked out of my family home because of Islamic homophobia. Taught gays will burn forever in hell. #theygettovote
— Jimmy Bangash (@Geemme) September 14, 2017
last week i heard a gaggle of middle-aged women lecturing a lesbian couple on ‘why they should be embarrassed in public’ #TheyGetToVote
— daniela 🎈 #VoteYes (@virgomattel) 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
Told I would no longer be welcome next semester at BYU because I would “infect the whole dorm with your gayness” #TheyGetToVote
— Michael T. Armstrong (@michaelofquoz) September 18, 2017
My family sent me to the Middle East for six month to try and cure me; because I was taught that I was ‘sick’ #TheyGetToVote
— Abdul Sarhan (@AbdulSarhann) September 17, 2017
The other night on the way home on a train i was screamed at and called ‘poofter’, ‘faggot’ and many other awful things. #TheyGetToVote
— David Simpson 🏳️🌈 (@DavidSimpsonTV) September 17, 2017
Was assaulted by my 25yo brother at 17 to bash the gay away, my sister believes if they had done it early it might of worked #TheyGetToVote
— Martin Baldock (@MartyGBal) September 17, 2017
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