Today marks International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) and Abbie Jane is leading the way to make sure the LGBTQIA+ community is seen and heard in Broken Hill.
Today, a pride flag will fly at Town Hall after consultation with Council, as well as at Willyama High School after consulting with her school principal to fly the progress pride flag there. For Abbie, she says it’s about “showing our fight against homophobia”, adding that “it’s a struggle”.
“Last year, when I tried to put up the pride flag at my high school, I got yelled at and bombarded with slurs and homophobic comments, which was really tough. But I guess that’s why I’m doing it again this year, and why I’ll keep doing it every single year, because it’s events like this that show why we need to do things like this,” she explained to us.
“Especially living in such remote, rural towns such as Broken Hill, being queer can be really isolating and make you feel quite alone. So, it’s the little bits of representation that can just make you feel seen.”