This Project documents long term gay and lesbian committed relationships. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics the median length of an Australian Marriage is 8.7 years so I have used this number as the minimum length of time to be part of this project.

I believe that Gay,Lesbian and Transgendered relationships deserve the same legal rights and public respect as heterosexual ones.

But this project is about more than just "gay marriage" I really hope that these simple images of loving couples will help reduce homophobia, will inspire young people to keep their romantic dreams and for parents to know that their gay, lesbian and transgendered children have just as much chance of having a long term and happy family life as anyone else.

The Commitment Project is aimed to show the wider community that gays and lesbians, for all our differences we still fundamentally want the same thing, to be allowed to love who we love.

If you are gay, lesbian, queer (or however you wish to identify yourself) in a relationship longer than 8.7 years (which is about 8 years and 10 months) and would like to be involved in this project please send me an email - and put "the commitment project" in the subject line.

Please do not use any of the images contained with this website for any purpose without the written permission of Evan Cooper AND the people within the photograph.

Everyone who views this blog is welcome to leave comments, in fact I encourage people to do so.

After speaking to the NSW based "The Gender Centre" to seek some clarification (but this doesn't make me an expert) I really encourage any transgendered people that are not able to marry due to their gender identity and their birthday certificate being different to be part of this project. They just need to be in a committed relationship for 8.8 years or longer.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Travis and Obi

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Date of Commitment - Sep 2001
"We married in Canada on a 5th anniversary. We came to Sydney on our honeymoon and never left."

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Geoff and Jason

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Date of Commitment - Dec 1992
"We have had a marriage ceremony in Australia, despite the fact it is not legally recognised"

Augie and Andy

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Date of Commitment - February 1994
"We were the first American same-sex couple recognised by the U.S. State Department to travel abroad as a diplomatic family"

Glenn and Tony

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Date of Commitment - Oct 2000
"We met on the internet in 2000, early adopters of technology"

Walter and Thang

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Date of Commitment - April 1990

Scott and Christopher

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Date of Commitment - June 1999
"We were the first gay couple in Australia to be married in a proper Jewish ceremony"

Bernard and Edward

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Date of Commitment - November 1977
"Edward is Armenian. This has both enhanced and challenged our relationship because of family commitments, but generally has been very enriching"

Michael and Dale

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Date of Commitment -  March 1997
"We had a British Civil Union on our Tenth anniversary on 02.03.2007"

"The Rents" Cindy and Gab.

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Date of Commitment- July 1995
"We knew from the first kiss it was going to be a pash that lasted forever."