A homophobic group that attempted to sabotage a formal dance for gay and gender diverse teens ended up accidentally raising thousands of dollars for the event organizers and LGBTQ charity.
Australian nonprofit Minus18 planned a formal dance for same-sex attracted and gender diverse youngsters, but a conservative group set out to shut the event down.
STOP SAFE Schools Coalition attempted to buy every ticket to the dance and not show up, ruining the entire event as the tickets were non-transferable and non-refundable.
STOP SAFE supporters rallied and spent huge amouts of money on tickets they had no intention of using. With so many tickets purchased, Minus 18 decided to move the event to a larger venue.
But STOP SAFE’s devious plan was a little too successful.
When the false ticketholders didn’t show up, the charity announced that the dance was free for all youngsters to attend — as the tickets had already been paid for.
Minus 18 wrote on Facebook thanking the community (that’s you, STOP SAFE) for effectively subsidizing a bigger-than-planned event for LBGTQ teens.
Now Minus18 have bypassed their $15000 fundraising target and donations have reached an incredible $45000.
As Minus18 wrote in response to the news of STOP SAFE’s attempted sabotage, “Love wins.”