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 - 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.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

A message from Senator Louise Pratt

I commend the Commitment Project for celebrating the lives and long loves of lesbian and gay couples. Thank you to all the couples and families that have shared their stories.

These stories show that nurturing a long term partnership is no small thing, it takes work – but comes with limitless rewards.

When I met my love, Aram, he was a very handsome woman – and now he is a very handsome man. So I know, when you find your soul mate, your love for them is bigger than the box or category others might like to define you by.

It is my hope that one day in the not too distant future all couples, should they choose and regardless of gender should have the right to marry. I am certainly working to that end
Senator Louise Pratt  - Australian Labor Party.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Senator Pratt,

    Thanks for your post on this very inspiring site. Since you posted as a proud member of the ALP and mentioned same sex marriage, I would be interested to know in what ways you are working on getting same sex marriage passed into law, especially in the light of the ALP's continued rejection of the whole idea of anyone apart from a man and a woman marrying, and the Victorian ALP's shocking abandonment of the issue in May. It might also be interesting for readers to know that a post-operative transgendered person would be able to marry a person of the opposite gender under the current marriage act. Thank you in advance for any hope on the issue from within the ALP ranks - there's been plenty of rhetoric, but I'd like to know how the message is being sold to all ALP members. Michael.