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 - firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
“TheCommitmentProject featuressomeloving Australian couples that, like heterosexual couples, want the opportunity to have their love and commitmentcelebratedthrough marriage.
My Marriage Equality Bill would remove discrimination under the Marriage Act, allowing consenting adult couples to marry, irrespective of their gender or sexual orientation.
With a majority of Australians clearly in favour of marriage equality, I will continue to campaign for Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott to grant their members a conscience vote on this issue – so the will of the community can finally be reflected in the Parliament.”
- Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Australian Greens Spokesperson for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
"We discussed the possibility of having a British Civil Union with the British Consul in Sydney. She was very eager to conduct the ceremony but when we stepped out of the consulate we would no longer be married. There seemed to be no reason to be married until it was legal in Australia"
Geoff and Joe are standing in front of their portrait which celebrates their tenth anniversary in 2004