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.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Date of Commitment - August 2002
“Adam is a born Australian, while Clay is a transplant to Sydney from the US in 2000 (and has since become an AU Citizen).
We met in (approximately) August of 2002 at a dinner party at the home of a mutual friend. The minute I saw Adam walk through the door I just knew he was the one…and he felt something similar.
By March the following year we were living together and have been together ever since.
Unfortunately no ceremony…and obviously no marriage in Australia…but we fervently hope that our day in Australia will happen soon.”
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Date of Commitment - October 1986
"Twenty-five years ago it was a commonly held belief that same sex relationships didn’t last. Back then we simply agreed that we’d stay together as long as we were both still enjoying it.
Well, we’re both still enjoying it."
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Date of Commitment - February 2002
"We met at "Panthers" in 2002 and moved in together after a week! We got married in San Francisco in 2008 and hope to have our marriage recognised in Australia one day."
Monday, April 4, 2011
Date of Commitment - 1989
"We met at a friend's birthday party. I impressed Lil with my fantastic cricket skills.
We were together for 13 years before Mary met my parents"