Anti-Homophobic Protest Erupts on Eastern Avenue
WORDS BY JACK FOSTER
A snap protest has erupted along Eastern Avenue this afternoon, following the Catholic Society’s decision to erect an “It’s Okay To Vote No” stall.
A crowd of approximately 300 students gathered to condemn the society’s stance on the upcoming Same-Sex Marriage Postal Survey.
USYD Queer Collective’s Will Edwards was seen leading chants such as “we will fight, we will win, put the bigots in the bin”.
“We as the Queer Officers condemn and abhor stalls proposing homophobic rhetoric. The USU should not allow hate speech on campus. That’s why this protest was important” said Queer Officer, Connor Parisis.
Pulp understands that the USU provided no direct funding to the Catholic Society stall.
A broad range of University students were seen participating in anti-homophobic chants including USyd Queer Collective.
Representatives of the Society were seen participating in arguments with protesters.
Some protesters alleged that members of the Catholic Society compared homosexuality to bestiality and paedophilia.
The protest was attended by approximately 10 NSW Police officers along with several members of Campus Security.
This protest has erupted on R U OK Day – a day which is aimed promote awareness of mental health issues.
LGBTI young people aged 16 to 27 are five times more likely to attempt suicide in their lifetime, in comparison to other Australians.
The Australian Marriage Postal Survey was released earlier this week.