A ‘malicious’ attempt by the Stop Safe Schools Coalition to sabotage an LGBTI event scheduled to take place in Australia in April has gone horribly wrong for the bigots.
The coalition imagined that if their supporters bought up all the tickets for the The Victorian Same Sex Gender Diverse Formal, it would “protect” youngsters.
It declared on its Facebook page:
The more tickets sold to us the more youth we protect.
But what happened next left the coalition with egg all over its face. According to this report, there was a rush for tickets – but from those who support the event.
This has enabled the organisers, the Minus 18 Foundation, a Melbourne youth organisation, to arrange a far bigger event.
As of this evening, Minus 18 had raised $43,150! Minus 18 were only planning on raising $15k for 500 tickets, so they’re now thinking of expanding, and getting a larger venue.
The organisers said they were baffled by the protest, as every ticket sponsored is guaranteed to go to an LGBTI teen, adding on their funding site:
We won’t let hate win! Tickets sponsored …. will continue to go to the Victorian Formal, as well as the South Australian Same Sex Gender Diverse Formal in November 2016
You realise that if the conservatives do buy all the tickets, you can just allow registered people on a waiting list in for free? They’re effectively subsidising tickets for those who can’t buy one.
The Victorian Same Sex Gender Diverse Formal is held annually by Minus 18. It’s an event that allows hundreds teens to be who they are, wear what they want and take whoever they want as their date. For many LGBTQI teens, it’s a safe, inclusive night they can’t have at their own schools.
Minus 18 chief executive Micah Scott described the coalition’s sabotage attempt as “malicious”.
It is one thing to be critical of programs or … organisations, but it is something completely different, something so disappointing … so malicious to attack a young person.
For some of these young people, this is the one night of the year when they feel safe and they feel comfortable.
And this is a group of adults trying to take that away from a marginalised group of young people who already feel bullying and discrimination.