A queer woman called her mom to ask how she’s voting in an upcoming same-sex marriage public vote.
In an emotional video series on Instagram, Tania Safi wrote: ‘It’s still hard for me to talk to my mum or my family about being gay.
‘And I really didn’t want to have this chat, but I have to,’ she added.
She starts the video chat with her mom: ‘Hey, um, I just wanted to call to speak about something.
‘It’s a little bit out of the blue and I wasn’t actually going to do this, but after seeing the “Vote No” in the sky in Sydney – obviously I’m here in LA and it feels really weird to watch all of this stuff happening back home.
‘A lot of my friends are really sad right now and dealing with quite a bit.
She asks: ‘I’m just wondering, have you got your postal vote yet?’
Her mom replies: ‘No, it hasn’t arrived yet. I check my mail three times a day because I’m worried someone might take it.’
She responds: ‘What will you be voting?
‘Oh, I’ll definitely be voting yes,’ her mother replies.
‘Everyone is sick of talking about it but holy shit are we sick of feeling it’
The beautiful exchange continues with a chat about equal rights, the ‘Vote No’ skywriting and persuading her mother’s friends.
On the skywriting, Safi’s mother said: ‘It just sickened me… but I’m hopeful.’
In a lengthy caption under the video series, Safi wrote: ‘Counseling services have spiked with an increase of 40% since the plebiscite was announced.
‘Everyone is sick of talking about it but holy shit are we sick of feeling it,’ she said.
Safi urged people to spark conversations with friends and family on the issue and convince them that way.
She pleaded: ‘So reach out and speak to people.
‘Remind them that allowing lesbian and gay couples to marry will 100% not interfere with religious sacrament, curriculums or any bullshit scare tactics that haters are putting down,’ she said.