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.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Emma and Sarah

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


  1. This is so amazing. Looking through this website is making me so emotional. It is people like you who give me hope. I’m only sixteen, and one day I want to marry the beautiful girl who I love. I hope my generation is privileged enough to bare witness to gay marriage legalisation in Australia. You two look so happy and in love - This really is something that gives me hope in my whole life. Thank you so much.

  2. Laura - We are so touched by your comment. And yes - the way we look is the way it is :-) And will be for you too for sure!
    And you should know that your hope for a better wold is a powerful thing - hold on to it - and work towards it!