The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare made these beautiful t-shirts to brighten up our lives.
100% of the proceeds from the shirts will go to Minus18 and Switchboard, to support LGBTIQ+ communities.
Grab one while you can! https://www.cfecfw.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/love-wins-product-photo.jpg
Thanks to CFECFW for supporting our LGBTQI communities at this time. #switchboardvictoria#cfecfw#lovewins#lgbti#lgbti_power#plebiscite#somewhereovertherainbow
😻LIKES: Bickies, marriage equality, naps.
😾DISLIKES: Everything else. 😂
In all seriousness though, as someone who is engaged but not currently able to marry, my human rights are (quite literally) in your hands. If you haven’t done so already, the time to return your survey is running out. Please vote, it could make all the difference. X
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Just one last thing to do before holiday... #voteyes#loveislove#marriageequality
Now off to New Zealand, where they were able to hold a parlimentary vote in 2013 and amend the marriage laws to reflect equality... not waste $122m on a non binding postal survey when human rights shouldnt be subject to popular opinion.
I honestly have put this off as long as I could, out of a combination of disgust and fear.
Although it’s great that things are “hopefully” moving along, the fact that I hold an envelope like this means that every person that made high school difficult for me hold one too.
I went from being called a faggot, being told to kill myself or that I’m worthless and hating myself for a decent amount of years, to building myself up to the confident, resilient person you all know.
It makes me sick knowing that these excuses for humans have their final jab in my rights as a human being. If you’re even thinking of voting no for whatever reason, let’s have a conversation about it. I’d love to know how you feel my future happiness will affect your current misery.
The rain was heavy and the wind was strong as I drove through Indiana yesterday. While on my way to the next stop on my fall college speaking tour, I decided to take a detour and visit Winamac Cemetery, where Tom is buried.
Every time a car drove by me while I stood at his grave, I held my breath, worried that it was someone from Tom's family: the family from whom I've been estranged since his death; the family who threatened me with violence if I dared to show up for Tom's funeral. I got angry at every car driving by, projecting my fear and resentment of some of his family onto the unassuming inhabitants. I felt like I was being robbed of my time with Tom, which made me more upset.
It took a long time for me to accept that Tom's body would forever rest in the ground, in a place from which he had felt completely disconnected during the years before his death. But I've finally come to terms with the fact that where his physical remains lie is of no consequence. I know that my connection with him—his spirt and soul—can't be buried, and the memories we shared travel with me wherever I am, transcending time, space, and six feet of dirt. Sometimes I am overwhelmed by my desire to see him again, even just one more time. I would give anything to give him one more hug, to have one more conversation, to share one more laugh. I know it's impossible, but I'll never stop wishing he was still here, for my sake and the world's. Fortunately I know that in a way, he will always be here, making the world a better place, through everyone he ever met and/or inspired.
Tom's grave serves as a potent reminder that life is fragile and tomorrow is never promised. I hope that by sharing this photo and these thoughts with you, you'll be reminded to tell those who are special to you that you love them. Kiss your loved ones. Hug them. Cherish every moment. You can never show too much love to the people who matter because one day, you may not have the chance.
Even though we’re smiling, this has been something we have put off. Neither of us were excited or happy when we received our voting forms. I was honestly surprised they hadn’t been stolen from our letterbox. So many people I have spoken with don’t truly understand the negative power these pieces of paper hold. I’m lucky that my family and friends are so supportive, but many don’t have that safety net. Some seem to believe that when the results are announced, if they show that the majority of Australians do want marriage equality that all of a sudden I’ll be able to grab @stingramy and run and get married that afternoon. It won’t happen like that. This is not binding. Nothing will change unless we keep fighting for equality. So far throughout this mess I have been made to feel disgusting and worthless, I have been made to feel like I don’t deserve to love or be loved. I have driven past countless signs and graffiti ranting about my identity and my relationship. I have been harassed on social media and subjected to endless comments and posts where people have felt the need to link the possibility of me getting married to bestiality and pedophilia. Amongst all of that, there has been moments of surprise and raw emotion, feelings of acceptance when people at work have brought their votes in and voted yes with me as their witness, I have seen more rainbow posters and stickers than I ever expected and my family members have been loving and supportive. Which I will never take for granted. We aren’t there yet, but we can get there. If you haven’t voted or if your form has gone missing, please make sure that you have your say. #voteforlove#equality#plebiscite
These beautiful women have finally tied the knot. They’ve been together for 13 years. I remember the first time I saw them together, we spent a weekend in a burnt down house in the Makhonjwa Mountains (no roof, half walls, but a strong foundation) The intensity and sincerity of their connection took my breath away. Congrats Candi and Charelle. Your love is a magical thing.
While I was away, this fantastic LGBTIQ+ footpath treatment went in near my home. It was coordinated and painted by locals, local activists and our city councillor. The colours totally pop in the rain.
Also, if you haven’t returned your Marriage Equality survey, please post it today! //
Love er alt, for alt, og af alt.
LGBTQI? Feeling challenged or in need of healing/reikei/intuitive insight? I'm currently offering FREE Green Season healing sessions for members of the LGBTQI community in need. The recent Same-sex marriage plebiscite in Australia has given rise to a number of voices filled with hate and ignorance. I want to balance and cancel out that energy with love, compassion and support. To show you all how valued you are by providing healing or just a safe space to process your emotions either before or after the results. Based in St Kilda but free for phone or Skype sessions too - if you think it will help you or one of your friends in any way, please email: Desiree@thegreenseason.org or text if you're interested. Website link in bio for more info 🌈💚💙💛💜🌈. #LGBTQI#Plebiscite#GayMarriage#VoteYes#LoveIsLove#Equality#MarriageEquality
We all have our own story and yesterday I was lucky enough to be asked to share mine on @joy949 @chickstalkingfooty. 💜
There is so much more to me than my sexuality and who I love or who I have loved, but as the fight for marriage equality in Australia continues I'm learning how important it is to speak out about equal rights.
I hope that in sharing my story, it allows others to gain strength in coming out, being true to yourself and learning that through massive life changes, it's okay to not always know who to talk to or where you fit anymore.
If you'd like to listen, I've put the link to the podcast in my bio.☝🏽🌈💜✨
WE DID IT!! After weeks of discussions, I am happy with the public statement that was released today. I’m proud to work in a hospital that acknowledges the importance of equality and supports diversity. I’m glad to work in an organisation that listens to my concerns and takes them seriously. I encourage everyone to speak to their employers and hospitals and ask them to declare their support for equality if they haven’t done so. Change starts with one person. #auspol#plebiscite#samesexmarriage#marriageequality#voteyes#yes#loveislove#instagay#gayaustralia#gaymelbourne
We would like to thank @jamieskella for coming to our PD event in Melbourne last night to further enlighten us all about #cryptocurrency and #blockchain .
Jamie is a forward thinking entrepreneur working with a team to build cutting-edge blockchain-based voting systems through the development of @mivote. This is particularly interesting at the moment as it would cut the cost to tax payers for voting significantly - no more ($122million) postal votes!
Jamie shared his triumphs and mistakes when it came to Blockchain and talked about future opportunities and possibilities for this technology.
Thanks again for coming in Jamie and for answering all our questions!