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 - evan.r.cooper@gmail.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.

Friday, April 15, 2011

A message from Mrs Woog

Date of Commitment March 2002
 
We are committed to each other in every way. I am committed to be the best mum and partner I can be. I am committed to my family and watching the choices I have made make me happier each day.
 
I am committed to love, fun, life and exploring.  I enjoy the comfort that my commitments bring me.  It is an unquestionable feeling of belonging and peace.
 
Being committed does not need to be pin-pointed.  It is found in everything you do for each other.  It is an incidental perk of love.
 
I am committed to raising awareness of the unequal rights of gay and lesbian families in our country.
 
And unless the Australian Government starts talking seriously about instigating equal rights for ALL families and couples,  then perhaps they are the ones that should be committed.
 
Mrs Woog, Mr Woog and the Woogettes.
Australian Blogger Mrs Woog

8 comments:

  1. Gorgeous family, gorgeous commitment, Mrs Woog x

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  2. Well said, as always, Mrs Woog.
    P.S. You, Mr Woog and Woogettes are looking mighty fine in that pic... you should be in a Kmart catalogue or something.

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  3. Nice one Mrs Woog! Don't understand why the govt find this so hard to understand. Lovely family pic BTW.

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  4. All you need is love ................ Oh and a few rights. May my five children grow to see a world where love in any manifestation is celebrated! May they be granted the rights to love without prejudice, fear or ignorance. Let there be not just great big melting pots, but smorgasbords before, laden with rainbow colours bright! Can we please look with new eyes and see that diversity is our joy, our lifeline! Let us evolve and embrace a new day. Let such things need no longer be debated but just accepted. I want my grandbabies to shake their heads at the olden days and me to sit with the wisdom of age, smile and say so proud to have witnessed this change.

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  5. My partner and I met in 2003. We're getting "married" in Las Vegas this year and moving to Australia because it's her home - and I feel like we will have a better chance of life there than in the US. At least in Australia we will have a shot at a fair go - we have no chance in the US the way things are headed. Bless you and your beautiful family and hey - we could end up neighbours, you never know!

    "Mr." Smith

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