We did it!
Together, we’ve achieved this amazing landmark moment.
This moment belongs to everyone – to everyone who organised campaigns, who phone-banked and door-knocked and ran stalls, everyone who had a difficult conversation with a friend or family member, everyone who voted for a fairer and more equal society. Importantly, this moment is for everyone who was ever made to feel less than equal because of who they happen to love.
The last two months have been a dark time. This survey has brought out the worst in people and shown the cruelty that others are capable of. At the same time, it’s shown how much we can achieve when we stand together against prejudice and intolerance. Today, we have seen the change that can happen when young people mobilise about an issue they care about. We’ve seen how love trumps hate, and it’s absolutely amazing.
Yet, this is only one small step in the fight for equality, both for the LGBTI community and beyond. We need to keep fighting to make sure that Parliament passes a fair bill that supports equality and does not subject this community to further discrimination.
So please celebrate this victory for as long as you want – we have so much to be happy about. Hold onto that feeling and let it live as a reminder of the good things that happen when we stand together for each other.
When you’re ready, come and stand with us in tackling the many other issues facing marginalised and vulnerable groups right now. UMSU will always have your back and will continue to fight for equality for all. As long as the Government continues to enact policies that deny people their basic humanity, you can be the voice of change with us.
This plebiscite has shown that we can change the world when we stand together. So let’s do it again.
For today, we’d like to invite you all to a rainbow luncheon in the UMSU Student Bar from 2pm (Level 1, Union House).
And if you need support, there are services available.
Even though the result is out, the debate will continue to rage on social media and in the media. It’s important for everyone to look after themselves and each other in this time. It’s okay to step away if you need a break.
- UoM Counselling and Psychological Support: 8344 6927
- UoM Safer Community Program: 9035 8675
- UMSU Student Advocacy Service: 8344 6546
- QLIFE: 1800 184 527
- Beyond Blue: 1300 224 638