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.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Craig and Leo

© evan cooper
Date of Commitment - September 1990
"We got married in Montreal, Quebec Canada on 1/8/2009 after 19 years together."

Dane and Tommy

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Date of Commitment - March 2000

Monday, May 16, 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Janet, Susan and Alex

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Date of Commitment - February 1998
"We celebrated our 10th anniversary with 120 of our closest friends and relatives and we plan to throw a 20th.....and a 30th......"

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Kerry and Warren

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Date of Commitment - October 1983
"We have been together for 27years and we believe that equal marriage is both a human & legal right.  It is not a religious or political issue.  If the PM of this country can have a partner and the choice to receive all "benefits" then why cant we?" 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Wendy and Shirley

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Date of Commitment -April 1996
"We both had children before we met. They all get along well as adults, just like any other family."

Kathy and Trudi

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Date of Commitment - April 2002
" We formed a Civil Union under British law and are looking forward to the day it is recognised in Australia."

Byron and Jim

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Date of Commitment - February 2001
"We had a British Civil Union, it was held at the British Commission in Melbourne February 2007"

"I hope I die before Jim as I cannot imagine my life without him."

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Swee-Beng and Kerry

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Date of Commitment - September 1989
"We have been together since September 1989, and we are still very much in love. We are lucky in that our interests are quite similar, but we are different enough to still surprise each other sometimes. We have quite different personalities but our differences tend to be complementary. That we come from disparate cultural backgrounds has enriched both our lives, and has probably been an asset to our relationship rather than any kind of barrier. We are also fortunate that both our families have accepted us and our relationship well, and that we are blessed to have our own gay family unit with our godson Bank and his partner Peter."

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

David and Jim

© evan cooper
Date of Commitment - May 1999
"When you know you have found something unique, special and worthwhile you invest in it. The dividends are priceless. Even now, we are still learning more about each other everyday."

Monday, May 2, 2011

Carlos and Jean

© evan cooper
Date of Commitment - November 1978
"It's all good!"
"With all the ups and downs of life, love is about knowing ourselves as much knowing the others we love."