Because We Are Diverse – A Presentation

Because We Are Diverse TitleSo in December last year I did a presentation on the Because We Are Diverse project. It lasted for about 30 mins and briefly covered everything I had learned over the past year. From the very amazing talents of Bunny Bennett, Joseph Harwood and Robyn Archer to Marriage Equality, homophobia, transgenderism and the many identities there are. The presentation required me to be quite personal and honest about my experiences, something I was incredibly nervous to do in front of family, friends, peers and teachers. I hadn’t revealed much of what was said to them before. In the end it turns out that I shouldn’t have worried. The audience were so open minded and recipient to all the issues and ideas I presented. You can probably see me lose my head at the end when I realised the audience were giving me a standing ovation. The support for this project was overwhelming (as I’ve already said a dozen times) and I could not have asked for a better response. Truly can’t believe it. Thank you to all who follow this blog and the project. You. Are. Amazing. Xx

 
There is a thesis documenting all the events and research activities as well as the results available for reading so contact me at becausewearediverse@gmail.com if you want a look. Be warned, it’s long!

Check out the full Joseph Harwood interview here: https://becausewearediverse.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/a-chat-with-joseph-harwood-3/

Bunny Bennett interview: https://becausewearediverse.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/lgbtq-interview-with-bunny-from-steam-powered-giraffe/

If you support this project I’d really appreciate it if you would like its page on Facebook. Like it here: https://www.facebook.com/becausewearediverse

Full list of thank you’s here: https://becausewearediverse.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/the-end-of-the-year-thank-yous/

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“Rainbow Territory” ACT Passes Marriage Equality (being part of Australian history)

This morning I was lucky enough to watch Australian history being made.

Watching Mr. Barr & the debate in the reception room.

Watching Mr. Barr & the debate in the reception room.

At round 10am this morning I made my way over to the ACT Legislative Assembly to watch the Debate on the ACT Labor Government‘s Marriage Equality Same-Sex Bill take place. As I arrived a little after 10, I was told that the public gallery was full and was ushered into the small reception room next door. The room was decorated with balloons and I do believe a few rainbow flags made their appearances. Taking my seat, I sat down to watch projected live footage on a screen of the debate. It was absolutely incredible to feel the warmth, excitement and joy in the room as I looked around the room and saw proud faces of same-sex couples openly holding hands and sporting their rainbow accessories and flags. As we listened to Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury give his powerful speech, consisting of letters from members of the public who wrote of what the passing of this bill would do for them, I became aware of a couple behind me passionately expressing their agreement for his statements. In fact, the whole room was a buzz of nodding agreements, happy “aw”s and excited applause. So much so that the Speaker was forced to remind the public of the appropriate customs of the Legislative Assembly. While those in the gallery calmed down, upon speaking with MLA Shane Rattenbury he informed me that the cheers of all of us in the reception room could still be heard.

act-ME-bill2-memeIt was easy to see that the over 100 members of the public (some had even flown in from Melbourne and Sydney to be present) were passionate and personally effected by the Bill as many began to tear up. I felt proud to be keeping my tears in check, that is until Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr was brought to tears as he explained the importance of marriage equality laws to LGBTIQ families. But while Mr Barr valiantly held it together and continued bravely, I can’t say I did the same. I did indeed start tearing up. However, I cheered up when I began hearing Mr. Barr’s plan to make the A.C.T. the most LGBTIQ friendly territory in Australia. The “rainbow territory” as it were.

Approaching the end of the speeches, the Speaker called for the votes…”and the Ayes have it!” Nine members to eight. The noise that followed was deafening as everyone rose to their feet, screaming in applause. Once the amendments were passed (again another close call on 8 members to 7) everyone made their way into the foyer and were drawn in by the LGBT Canberra Qwire who fittingly sang “Love Is In The Air” in the chamber and everyone proceeded to join in enthusiastically. I was briefly able to speak with both Mr. Barr and Ms Berry before being whisked away and asked to be interviewed by Get Up Australia and Australia Marriage Equality on what the passing of the bill meant personally (if the interview is posted anywhere online later, I’ll link it on the blog.) Upon leaving the building we heard that activist Ivan Hinto had just proposed to his long time partner Chris Teoh. If you haven’t seen the video where this happens please check it out here.It’s one of the most heartfelt and adorable things I have ever seen. Check out the video here: Activist Ivan Hinton proposing to his partner Chris Teoh.

The first marriages in the A.C.T. are expected to take place early December.

440069532_640Evening at the Chief Minister’s celebration drinks, there were rainbow jewels everywhere. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, wrist bands – everyone was wearing something to show their support. The main concern on everyone’s lips was the likely overruling of the High Court. For those who do not know, the Australian Federal Government (which is currently conservative) is intending to take the newly passed bill to the High Court and have it over ruled as it directly interferes with the Marriage Act. However, it was known before the bill passed today that this would happen and it did nothing to deter the bill from being brought to the table. The optimism was blooming as people began to express that even if the bill is revoked, it was a large step for Australia to take in the way of Marriage Equality and when it comes to big change, the small steps multiply into more significant counters.

Congratulations A.C.T. you are the first in Australia to legalize Marriage Equality! Finally, as a bisexual lady, discrimination against the gender of the person I may wish to one day marry is no longer possible! BIG CHEER FOR AUS!!!!

Australia: Proposed Canberra LGBT Legislation Under Fire

EILE Magazine

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A Bill to override the ACT’s  (Australian Capital Territory)  proposed gay marriage legislation has been suggested by the Australian Christian Lobby to Tony Abbot, and his fledging government. The lobby group, variously described as “extremists” and “dominionists”, is a public company, limited by guarantee, and files political expenditure returns with the Australian Electoral Commission.

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Just To Say Hi

Hi! I am a 17-year-old bisexual girl living in Australia. I will be using this blog as an outlet of all the information I have gathered over the past year on LGBTQ history, issues, my own experiences and just some general musings on the subject. Since coming out, I have been conducting several LGBTQ projects centered around education in my local community as I felt that although attitudes are generally good in Australia, with over 60% of Australians wanting Marriage Equality to be legalized, we still have a bit of the way to go. So join me on my walk and help me navigate my way through this world. Because we are different from the norm, because we are united in our differences, because we are a mixed bag of gender and sexuality. Because we are diverse.

Check me out on the Tumblr companion to the main blog: http://becausewearediverse.tumblr.com