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.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Chris, Lindy and L.C.

© evan cooper
Date of Commitment - June 1993
"We met playing tennis. We exchanged our vows on 4.3.95"

John and John

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Date of Commitment - 1960
"We like the same things and we love each other."

Craig and Mark, the furry kids Oscar and Lucy

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Date of Commitment - March 1995
"We met through Sydney Spokes.  Craig said he was too old for me, but when I took his shirt off I said I was old enough to decide."

Michael and Justin

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Date of Commitment - October 1987
"We have had a fabulous time and its not over yet"

Friday, December 24, 2010

Lyn and Cass

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Date of Commitment - March 2001
"Finding your soul mate on the net does work"

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Emma and Sarah

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Date of Commitment - March 2001
"We married ourselves on a deserted beach in Lesvos with only the fish as witnesses"

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Jeff and Patrick

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Date of Commitment - July 1981
"Love at first sight.  The first decade was fractured but our differences make it work" 

Jaie, Sam and Alex

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Date of Commitment - February 2001
"We are the definition of "average". We both grew up in suburbia, went to uni, met, fell in love, had a commitment ceremony, bought a house and had a baby"

Jason and Scott

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Date of Commitment - April 1999
"After 12 years we've learned not to sweat the small stuff, to talk openly and honestly and to not take each other for granted."

"Peanuts" - Carmen and Ally

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Date of Commitment - November 1998

Monday, December 20, 2010

Drew and Chris, with Walter and Shirley

©evan cooper
Date of Commitment - Oct 1991

"I wanted to be in the photo with Drew and Chris as I believe their love is no different to my other children's" 

Friday, December 17, 2010

Lee and Sarah

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Date of Commitment - February 1998

"We were married in the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) Sydney on 3-6-2000, the only christian church that recognises our union in Australia" 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Jo, Penny, Jemima, Red and Pippi

©evan cooper

Date of Commitment - May 1993
"When we first fell in love we never anticipated the family we would be able to create. We are very lucky"

Monday, December 6, 2010

PJ and Darren

©evan cooper

Date of Commitment - November 1998, 

"We met in a best butts competition at the Wickham Hotel in Brisbane."

"We had a wedding ceremony on 16th November 2002"