When one Australian journalist decided to start an uplifting hashtag on Twitter she had no idea it would become so popular.
Amy Coopes started the ‘most lesbian hashtag ever’, #moggos4yes , in response to Wednesday’s #TheyGetToVote trending hashtag.
The latter hashtag went viral after thousands of people shared their heartbreaking experiences of homophobia and transphobia. It was started by comedian Josh Thomas who wanted to shed a light on homophobia during Australia’s postal survey on marriage equality.
‘I actually started it in response to # TheyGetToVote because, while I get where it was coming from and in response to, after a day of seeing mates receiving their ballots in the post and all the emotions that entailed, I just needed something uplifting,’ Coopes told Gay Star News.
Wait, what’s a moggo?
‘A moggo is a cat, bastardising the popular term doggo,’ Coopes explained.
Not long after she launched the hashtag, people started sharing photos of their cats who were definitely supporters of marriage equality. The hashtag has been trending for about 10 hours on Twitter.
Anyway I've started possibly the most lesbian hashtag ever #Moggos4Yes so jump aboard with yer… er… felines pic.twitter.com/LOnfu0QtI8
— Amy Coopes (@coopesdetat) September 13, 2017
But how can Coopes be so confident cats are pro-marriage equality?
‘So long as you’ve got a bowl full of food, pats (BUT ONLY WHEN REQUESTED AND THREE EXACTLY NO BELLY RUBS) and a warm place to sleep, cats give exactly zero fucks about your cohabitation requirements,’ Coopes said.
‘Moggos are Yes for equality because equality means more waitstaff.
‘Also when you’re a lesbian it’swell known that three things are true in life: Cats, Angst and a U-Haul.’
And what about dogs?
Coopes started a hashtag for dog owners last week, but it hasn’t been as popular.
She explained why:
‘I kicked off a # Doggos4Yes thread last week, but as we all know, cats are the undisputed masters of the Internet so I’m not surprised to see this gathering much more momentum,’ Coopes said.
In all seriousness the hashtag has provided some much needed light to Australia’s LGBTI community during the postal survey.
‘I’m so happy to see people jumping onto the hashtag to say how nice it is to see something positive and joyous in our community when many of us are feeling so embattled right now,’ Coopes said.
‘The Equality Campaign say the way to win this is by celebrating our stories, and # Moggos4Yes are just one, furry, part of that.’
Check out the top posts below and dog owners get to posting!
This is Norman. He hates everyone, but especially No voters. #Moggos4Yes pic.twitter.com/zisU0l5q5u
— Anna Spargo-Ryan (@annaspargoryan) September 13, 2017
Vote yes or get in the bin #Moggos4Yes pic.twitter.com/e2lSFvCCK7
— Hopzilla (@trinnybopper) September 13, 2017
@coopesdetat #Moggos4Yes this Rex says please be diligent & #VoteYes pic.twitter.com/ZObeoP3XmT
— ScriptedChaos (@lovethatloaf) September 13, 2017
This is Ms Fancycat. She enjoys sleeping and joy drooling & wants everyone to vote YES because her human is British. #Moggos4Yes pic.twitter.com/eeaCw3Audd
— Gemma Mahadeo (@snarkattack) September 13, 2017
This sunny child is confused as to why equal rights are even in question. #Moggos4Yes pic.twitter.com/PclRpRut9l
— Nicole votes YES (@faerywhimsy) September 13, 2017
Sigmund is just waiting for a soul beautiful enough to share his favourite chair with. #Moggos4Yes pic.twitter.com/NRfHSmf8ff
— Zoë Krupka (@zoekrupka) September 13, 2017
Join me on the slippery slope to Meowrriage Equality #Moggos4Yes #MarriageEquality #VoteYes #PostYourYes pic.twitter.com/b6kgKg8ENo
— Amy Coopes (@coopesdetat) September 13, 2017
Fine. Fine. Hand me the Yes sign. #Moggos4Yes pic.twitter.com/tqKkKMXyAY
— Chris Gentle (@crgentle) September 13, 2017
Ginny implores you all to vote yes #Moggos4Yes #MarriageEquality ️ pic.twitter.com/n3jzmexR3L
— Felicity Gray (@felicityegray) September 13, 2017
This is Loki. He likes hugs, pats, being The Baddest Cat in The Universe, and people who vote YES. #Moggos4Yes pic.twitter.com/BsmNZBTXTo
— Public Serpent (@PublicSerpentOz) September 13, 2017
Charlie says vote yes or I'll turn up in your nightmares in these bunny pyjamas. #Moggos4Yes pic.twitter.com/JxoASdK1aW
— Megan Maurice (@meganmaurice) September 13, 2017
1. And some doggos for the canine inclined.
This is Lucy. She loves everyone (including cats – but mostly food). Interests are: inclusion, diversity & fairness. #Moggos4Yes pic.twitter.com/YqjkMrC1bE
— Lyn ✊ (@landersonqlder) September 13, 2017
Eat food, chase cats, VOTE YES. #Doggos4Yes pic.twitter.com/Lgod9EUpuj
— tex (@base_element) September 13, 2017
*We stand against breed discrimination and all discrimination and injustice. #Doggos4Yes Thanks Lisa. pic.twitter.com/5c3hfKYwiB
— Vicki B (@humusbeings) September 8, 2017
Hannah Hunt believes love is love! ❤️ #MarriageEquality #VoteYes #Doggos4Yes pic.twitter.com/iv9xL6ILtF
— Pride Puppers (@PridePuppers) September 7, 2017
Of course Spikie & Vlad are in the #voteyes camp. They were raised right #Doggos4Yes #moggos4Yes pic.twitter.com/OlJjwsQvHs
— Shannon Power (@shannonjpower) September 13, 2017