We still don't have marriage equality in Australia and our government is going to waste $122 million dollars on a non-binding postal survey in a half assed attempt at doing the right thing without losing their bigoted, right-wing voters. The hate campaigns have been smeared across the country and hurting the people that I love. So, I ask of my Australian friends, please enroll to vote and make sure your details are up to date and correct, especially if you're living overseas. Today is your last day to do so! We need every 'yes' vote to get us across the line. #loveislove#marriageequality#voteyes#plebiscite
So great that our challenge to the shonky #plebiscite will be heard in the High Court in early September. Thank you Human Rights Law Centre, @amequality Anna Brown and @alexgreenwich #auspol
You didn’t have to vote if I could eat my breakfast and be gay. You did however have to vote whether I can get married to another man or not. Let’s hope the right/fair/equal choice wins. Haven’t posted anything during this debate but never to late to jump on the bandwagon. Love is love. 👫👭👬❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 #Australia#voteyes#plebiscite#marriageequality
Thanks to everyone who voted and to everyone who donated money in store to twenty10 who are providing social support and counselling to our LGBTIQA+ community. (You can still donate - drop off your spare change to our charity coin box). Let’s celebrate today 🎉 but the fight isn’t over.
Guess what @carinethevenau? Your wedding will be the first one where I get to declare marriage to be the union of two people, as it should be, no longer oppressing anyone in the name of the law. 🙌🏾 Today is a good day to be Australian. 🏳️🌈 Congratulations and big love to all the families, couples and individuals directly touched by this decision. #loveislove 📷 by the talented @lukejohnmatthewarnold
About to head into town to see #sia , and it feels like such a momentous occasion.
When I was struggling to come out, battling with shame and self hatred, the #itgetsbetter project started. Y'all remember that? I watched a bunch of videos, but one in particular stayed with me.
Sia Furler, an artist whose music had already seen me through several heartbreaks, made a video from her living room - no makeup, no costumes, just a human being on a couch. She talked about her journey in coming to accept that she was 'a massive queerlord' and how she learned to love herself. That video gave me hope.
When tickets for sia's stadium show went on sale, we were in the midst of the #plebiscite , and I wad suffering from the worst anxiety of my life. I was terrified to even leave the house, and the idea of going to a concert with thousands of people was beyond me.
We are nearing the end of 2017, and finally my anxiety is coming back down. The plebiscite is over, after so much hatred and hurt. I am still working on my PTSD. But I have survived, and I can go outside and be in crowds again. We managed to get tickets on a resale site.
Going to this concert feels like re-entering the world. Sia and her music have been there for me through so much, and she will be here in Melbourne tonight to embrace us all in light and love. I feel OK, and that is wonderful.
Out on the road with LauraMorelli for @nitv_au filming #interview with GaryOliver CEO @nationalcongress responding to remarks by PaulineHanson in the Senate yesterday during the debate on the Bill to legalise #samesexmarriage The QLD senator compared the #samesexmarriage#plebiscite to the historic 1967 Referendum where #Australians voted overwhelmingly to include #Aboriginal people in the census and allow the Commonwealth to create laws for #Indigenous#Australians She argued that the '67 Referendum had unintended consequences giving #ABTSI more rights. Gary Oliver from Congress responded on @nitv_au "It really demonstrates her ignorance. The Same sex Plebiscite offered something positive for all Australians & the 1967 Referendum was the most successful Referendum Australians because 97% of Australia voted for the rights of Aboriginal pple. Here we are In 2017 & we still don't enjoy those rights. There's sections of our Constitution that are racial that govern us & allow Aus government to make laws specifically that harm and damage us on hear say not on evidence so Pauline Hanson yr ignorance, your bias towards us as Aboriginal pple undoes the fabric of Australia where we should be building a nation together."
@stickyfingersbakery nailed it when the explained that a vote yes for marriage equality goes beyond marriage. It's a yes to accepting LGBTQI folk completely; closing the gap and saying "we are equal". Upsetting we needed a plebiscite, but glad we voted yes! Still love these tees 💗
On Parents and Paradoxes
“Then I guess it’s a shame that we got thrown together”, I told them.
It was 12:30am and we’d been talking for over two hours. Just your typical parent-son conversation about sexuality and religion and disappointment. I don’t believe in God and they voted no in the plebiscite. Enough said, right?
And the general conclusion we came to after two hours of debating whether or not I was born gay; and whether or not I should be allowed to marry; and whether or not god exists — was that our opinions are too solidified to be changed, and too different for us to be able to live together freely. The dynamic is no longer the same between us and I don’t think it ever will be. There are things that a son should be able to talk to their parents about that I will never feel comfortable enough to bring into conversation.
But I don’t blame them. They’re as much a product of their time as I am. They’re not bad people, or homophobes or bigots. They’re just people, like the rest of us.
But the fact still remains: we cannot see eye to eye. Our opinions on religion and sexuality will never align, and this, I believe, is our paradox. The three of us have been thrown together in this life, accidentally connected by genetics, a random selection of cells, and now we have to live together while we fundamentally disagree with the people we are. And this is where the paradox lies. This is where we must live — somewhere in the middle. Between agreement and disagreement, between love and indifference, between comfort and compromise. Because now I can only ever feel comfortable being a fraction of myself around them; existing somewhere in the middle.
And that, I told them at 12:30am, is a damn fucking shame.
— the astronomer
Quote by Tracy Letts, from the film ‘August: Osage County’
#lovewins We are so overjoyed that Australia voted overwhelmingly for equality, fairness and love! Fingers crossed the law gets changed before the festive season so we have even more reason to celebrate!
Left dress: @kwhbridal courtesy of @the_vintage_bride
Right dress: @calechebridal
With the beautiful ladies: @nezbabes and @_melissa.rachael_