Londoners will hug each other in Soho next Monday (23 October) to show solidarity for marriage equality in Australia.
Australia is currently holding a non-binding postal survey on whether same-sex couples should be able to marry.
But the last day to vote is 27 October. So organisers of the UK event hope it will be a final reminder to Australians to return their survey form. They are particularly keen that Australians living in the UK who have the right to vote do so.
The Equality Campaign, which is leading the efforts to secure a ‘Yes’, has backed the day of solidarity.
Organizers of the Soho event want people to gather from 6.30pm on Old Compton Street. At 7pm, they will count down to a mass Public Display of Affection.
We will show Australia they are not on their own
They told GSN:
‘We want as many people as possible to come together and all together, give their partners, friends or fellow attendees a big hug. Then we will raise a cheer we hope will be heard in Australia.
‘We will show the community in Australia that they are not on their own in their fight for equality.
‘It will show the world that love is love and that the choice to marry should be a basic human right, no matter what your sexuality or gender.’
And even people who can’t make it to London’s Soho can take part. The team asks:
‘If you can’t make the event, be sure to post a picture of you hugging a friend or partner with #GiveOzAHug.’
The organizers are part of the team which coordinated the Soho vigil after the Orlando Pulse shooting in 2016. GSN is also supporting the event.
Follow the latest on our dedicated page for Australian marriage equality.