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.

Media

Listen to my first chat with JOY FM's Bek-fast on Feb 12th bek fast

The Commitment Project gets mentioned on both After Ellen and After Elton  After Ellen  and After Elton

"Born this Way"  is probably the most amazing blog I have ever seen,  to be mentioned on the blog is a huge compliment  Born this way - Video page,  but you really should check out the blog and do that here born this way

Blog  "High Riser"  mentioned the project here High Riser

Blog St. Murphy   mentioned us here St Murphy  (and has become a massive supporter of the project)

The biggest surprise was having an article in the Sydney Star Observer without me knowing about it,  it connected so many of the couples  Sydney Star Observer 10/11/2010  and in Star online Feb 18 2011

Seminal lesbian magazine LOTL  interviewed me here LOTL 23 feb 2011

It is really great having the queer press support the project,  This is my interview with MCV in Melbourne MCV 2 March 2011

Another great Aussie Blog written by all an all round nice guy, Aussielicious,  posted about the project here Aussielicous March 12 2011

Another cool Aussie Blog Mikey Bear  wrote about the project Mikey Bear 16 March 2011

I was interviewed by journalism student Linda Sirimanotham from University of Canberra about the project.

The Commitment Project was mentioned on blog Thangblog  - Thang also has a great food blog  so you can check that out as well. 2 Aprill 2011

There is a great blog Inner West Live, and here is the post I wrote for them  Inner west live . 4 April 2011

Walter Mason is a writer and blogger AND he and his partner Thang have appeared as part of The Commitment Project.  He was kind enough to have me write a guest blog  Walter Mason . Also Walter has written a great book about his experiences in Vietnam called Destination Saigon.  You really should read it.

Mia Freeman's website have just posted an article I wrote about the project Mamamia 7 April 2011  Feels really nice being mentioned in the same article as Michael Kirby.

I was interviewed by Bathurst Community radio stations youth public affairs program Never Talk Politics


On May 27th The Commitment Project got featured on Time Out's website,  check it out here Time Out

I get a big burst of happy when someone blogs about The Commitment Project  here yummymummy blogger Glowless "flogged the blog" Where's my Glow

It still spins me out that people around the world find out about and are moved by it, The everyday gay is a really interesting website that shows a bit more diversity of the gay community, check it out The everyday gay


The Star Observer has run another feature on the project and you can read Here