Abuse against LGBT people doubled during Australian equal marriage postal vote
The number of assaults against LGBT people doubled during Australia’s equal marriage postal vote, new research has revealed.
Over 9,500 LGBT people and allies participated in a survey conducted by the Australia Institute and the National LGBTI Health Alliance to investigate the impact of the postal vote.
Preliminary results were released this week, and it found that the vote took a massive toll on LGBT citizens.
Most respondents of the survey claimed that experiences of verbal and physical assaults had more than doubled in the three months following the announcement of the postal vote, compared to the prior six months.
The study also found that respondents experiencing depression, anxiety and stress increased by more than a third after the announcement of the vote.
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