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 - email@example.com 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.
"When we began our lives together, there was no thought in our minds that marriage would ever be an option. Our relationship has survived for over thirty years primarily as a result of our commitment to each other. Without a doubt, though, the support of our families and friends has made this much easier.
The world has changed a lot in that time. Many nations now recognize same-sex marriages. While our government now recognizes us as a couple in virtually all areas (particularly where it is in their economic benefit to do so), they still refuse to view our relationship as a partnership worthy of their formal recognition.
The time has come to end this last bastion of discrimination, and give us the right to publicly celebrate our relationship through marriage."
“We’ve been together for 12 years and had a wonderful wedding in New Zealand 9 years ago. For us, we don’t feel we’re in a “same sex marriage” we’re in a marriage – it feels as wonderful, loving, fun-filled and strong as any of our friends marriages. Moving to California 3 years ago we became the “newbies” as some of our friends here have Commitments of 35 years, 30 years and 15 years”
The Commitment Project is an inspiring collection of relationships of all different shapes and sizes. These personal insights into love touched me, I believe they have captured what most people seem to miss, and that is that no matter who you choose to love, love itself should not need permission from others to be validated. There should be no yard stick to measure your love against to see if it is worthy enough, it is hard enough to find someone to love for a lifetime, and a couple that finds that should be able to celebrate it. Evan's belief in love is simply beautiful and this project is so moving, I truly hope, it helps to turn the rusty wheels.
" We became 'civilly partnered' under British law in March 2007. Our families and friends (gay and straight) came to the party afterwards - some came from Singapore and Sydney. A wonderful day for the public celebration of our partnership."