A Brisbane home decorated in rainbows and “Yes” marriage equality signs that was vandalised has been gifted money for repairs by a crowdfunding campaign.
Last weekend, Brisbane housemates Olivia Hill and Larissa Baldwin posted images to social media of rocks that had been thrown through their windows by a man they heard using homophobic slurs.
Hill spoke of her fear during the attack but told Sky News she would continue to advocate for the “Yes” vote.
“I think if we took down the signs we let them win,” she said.
“The last thing I want to do is to let people like this win and I want everyone who walks past our house, whether they are straight or part of the LGBTI community to realise we have their back and we are standing with them.”
DIY Rainbow founder and Sydney LGBTI activist James Brechney started a GoFundMe crowdfunding page to pay for the repairs to the home.
The campaign quickly raised $660 to cover the repairs, a dinner for the Olivia and a friend and a donation to The Equality Campaign.
Hill said in an update on the page: “I want to say a massive thank you for all the love, support and kindness. Now let’s win this thing!”
Last weekend, a group of four houses in inner Brisbane had their rainbow flags spray-painted with swastikas.
Queensland police said all of the attacks are being investigated.
“Officers are investigating whether the properties were directly targeted as all four had rainbow flags flying at the addresses,” police said.
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
— Larissa Baldwin (@Riss_Bundjalung) September 25, 2017
— Olivia Hill 🏳️🌈 (@ohill8) September 25, 2017