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.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
A message from Mary-Anne Amies.
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.