It took just 25 minutes to raise enough money to help pay for the repairs to a woman’s home that was vandalized in a homophobic in Australia.
Brisbane’s Olivia Hill tweeted that a man had thrown rocks through her home’s windows. Before throwing the rocks he screamed: “you fucking faggots, you fucking poofters”.
Hill’s home was decorated with rainbow flags and ‘yes’ posters, in solidarity with LGBTI people during the country’s postal vote on marriage equality.
How's that respectful debate going. Someone just threw rocks through the windows on our rainbow house. pic.twitter.com/exoT9jPSJs
— Olivia Hill (@ohill8) September 24, 2017
Hill said she was terrified during the entire ordeal and though she might die in the attack.
‘I was really lucky that the window in my bedroom has a massive sign over it,’ she told Buzzfeed News.
‘But if someone was sleeping in the spare bedroom, they would have been hit.’
‘I was so scared. I don’t think I’ve ever been so scared in my entire life. I thought, “this is it, this is how I’m going to die in this house, with this homophobe”.’
A ‘yes’ sign was also ripped off Hill’s fence overnight.
— Olivia Hill (@ohill8) September 26, 2017
People power to the rescue
It didn’t take long for Australia’s LGBTI community to rally behind Hill and her housemate.
In just 25 minutes, they raised more than what was needed to repair the windows. The extra money will shout the girls a nice dinner and the rest will go to the Equality Campaign.
Breko told Gay Star News that lot of media attention was given to an alleged assault on former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, but not enough was known about the attacks on ‘yes’ supporters.
‘We know incidents like this have been happening to YES supporters and we thought the least we could do was to get Olivia’s windows repaired quickly,’ Breko said.
‘As sad as this moment in our history is, the community is banding together like I have never seen it. I think that’s why we raised the money so quickly. Everyone is supporting each other.
‘We also raised an additional $100 (US$78) for her to have a nice dinner on us – we can’t imagine what it would feel like to have rocks coming into your house.
‘The remaining $160 (US$125) Olivia has said she will donate to the Equality Campaign.’