You can’t vote, but there’s still plenty you can do.
Did you hear they’re having an expensive, time-wasting postal survey to see what Australia thinks about legislating marriage equality? Shut up, yes you did. Maybe you’re under 18, and furiously pacing back and forth because you don’t get to have your say in something that affects you, your family, friends and/or your favourite hostess from that one time you snuck into Scruffy Murphy’s for Drag Queen Karaoke and they didn’t even check ID!
Well, here are five things you can do to help the YES vote:
Talk to your family
Forget all those weird ads where mums freak out about their boys wearing dresses. You have direct contact and a relationship with the adults in your family, which means you have the power to change their minds about this subject. (Even if they’re never going to accept LGBTQI people, they might be convinced to “get it over and done with”, for example.) This isn’t going to be appropriate in all cases – sometimes it might even be dangerous – so use your judgment.
Steal their ballot from the letterbox
This is a joke ha ha ha who would ever seriously tell you that if your family’s planning to vote no that you should get to the letterbox before them and steal the ballot and burn it or tick the yes box and mail it back without telling them ha ha ha don’t do that it’s probably illegal and you could get in trouble.
Combat the hysterical nonsense
If you see someone talking garbage or harrassing people on social media, call them out. Have a bit of fun with it. You’re helping your LGBTQI friends by standing up for them in the face of keyboard warriors.
Show your support
The Marriage Equality rallies in our major cities last weekend were a heartwarming sight in a time where people’s sexualities are being compared to bestiality, paedophilia and worse. Even if you’re not gay yourself, positioning yourself as an ally is a strong move that might save someone’s life. Plus, you’ll be doing your bit to combat the hysterical nonsense the No camp is putting out there. (If you’re not allowed to attend or can’t get to a rally, there are always Yes supporter badges!)
Talk to your LGBTQI friends
You’re probably already doing this, but asking the people close to you how you can help is a good way to get some guidance on what they need in these stressful, distressing times. It might be a hug, it might be backing them up in a social media battle or they might want you to join them in some activism (obviously you need to take your own comfort level into account). They might even want to talk about anything else as a self-care break.