SUE JACKSON Therapist/Writer/Photographer/Activist

Last year, as the unofficial blogger/photographer to the anti-East-West Link campaign, our battles were my blog's entire focus. But by Christmas, with the electoral win for people power and the dumping of the dud Tunnel, I was suddenly at a loss. What to write about now? Not sure yet. But there will be ongoing musings and images from this Australian life. So please leave a message. (No need to sign into an account. Simply comment as ‘anonymous’; then leave your name within the comment itself.)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

All You Need is Love. If only...

Equal Love rally this afternoon outside the State Library of Victoria

Despite the fact that our next-door neighbour, New Zealand, has now embraced it; the sister of our Prime Minister-in-waiting, Tony Abbott, is a gay woman who wants to marry her partner; and the majority of Australians favour it, marriage remains an elusive dream for members of the Australian LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender) community.

No fairytale endings in sight for the Oz LGBT community

But that didn't stop the community and its supporters (including me) from rallying today outside the State Library of Victoria on a beautiful autumn afternoon to apply pressure. Official advocates like the Greens were there, as well as some unions, in what turned out to be a passionate and festive atmosphere.

Police enjoying their weekend gig?

The highlight for me was a heart-felt address by X-factor celebrity Paige Elliot Phoenix, who has undergone a female to male transition. He described how a bureaucratic anomaly allowed him a very brief experience of realising his dream to marry his sweetheart. He is still grieving the fact that, after the discovery that 'female' had been ticked on both their birth certificates, their happiness was snatched away.

Paige Elliot Phoenix, an eloquent spokesperson for Marriage Equality

Some of those who attended the rally undoubtedly found words more difficult, but they still made a big impact. The beautiful greyhound Slick was clear where his loyalties lie. If you are in any doubt, check out his hash tag - the unequivocal 'gay hound'.

Slick in his rainbow coat 

Perhaps Redmond Barry, who sentenced Ned Kelly to death, would have been hard to win over to the cause.

Redmond Barry turning a blind eye to the rights of the protestors

But maybe there is hope, as not all officialdom is so hard-hearted:

Victoria's first Lieutenant Governor, with spurned female, wearing his heart very close to his sleeve 

With red roses at his feet and a placard in his hand pleading 'Why Can't We Marry?' Victoria's first Lieutenant Governor, Joseph Latrobe, looks wistfully across at Redmond Barry.

I know in my last post I promised you Melbourne street art, but that's for next time.
I hope you have enjoyed this street theatre instead.
And if it's not already in place where you live, please advocate for Marriage Equality.


Blogger Unknown said...

Absolutely beautiful! Slick the amazing wonder dog, fighting for the rights of everyone :)

5:23 AM  
Blogger Sue Jackson said...

I couldn't agree more. A creature of sartorial splendour and impeccable values as well.

5:26 AM  
Blogger Gordz said...

Thanks Guys, Slick's owner here. He absolutely love the big day out, but thoroughly passed out on his couch when we finally got home. He had his spot on the Channel Nine News and his picture on The Age, too. He's a good boy.

Regards - Your straight but supportive neighbor, Gordon

6:44 AM  
Blogger Sue Jackson said...

Hi Gordon,
I think Slick deserved his rest after all that media attention!
Good for both of you for demonstrating your support in such a classy and attention-grabbing way.

1:46 PM  

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