MPS RECEIVE NEW AD COMBATING MYTHS ABOUT MARRIAGE EQUALITY
A new advertisement combating myths about marriage equality has been sent to all federal and Tasmanian politicians. The full ad can be viewed here and is voiced by well known actor Shane Jacobson.
Australian Marriage Equality national convener, Alex Greenwich, said,
"The ad is designed to combat myths about marriage equality in a clear and informative way."
"It also carries an important message about how the underlying meaning of marriage in our society today is about two people sticking together for better and worse, and how same-sex relationships fall within this meaning."
"We hope the ad will remind politicians that their decisions should be based on sound information not scare-mongering."
The federal and Tasmanian parliaments are expected to vote on marriage equality within weeks.
Mr Greenwich also welcomed adoption of marriage equality as a plank in the US Democrat Party's national platform.
The new platform follows from President Obama's support for marriage equality earlier this year.
The Australian labor Party changed its platform to support marriage equality in December last year. "Marriage Equality is fast becoming a key policy for political parties around the world who want to prove they value families, equality, and fairness" Mr Greenwich said.
'Tired of fighting the gay marriage fight? Turn your civil rights into cash…fast!,' says new US parody video.
Tired of fighting the gay marriage fight? Turn your civil rights into cash…fast! In the United States, Cash 4 Gold’s adverts have inspired many people to create their own parody but this is definitely our favorite. Written and produced by Kate Lambert, Get Cash 4 Rights asks customers to send in their civil liberties in a sealed marked envelope and in return they can have the cash to buy, for example, the cat of their dreams. One satisfied customer says: ‘As a lesbian, I had fought for my right to marry. Then some woman at a rally yelled something at me that really opened my eyes.
‘She said if I was able to marry another woman, then she might as well marry a llama. ‘And then I realized, she was right. Me marrying my partner of eight years was the exact same thing as her marrying a Peruvian farm animal.
‘So I went home, and I signed up for Get Cash 4 Rights!’
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NEW GAY MARRIAGE TV AD FOCUSES ON FAMILY VALUES
Marriage Equality advocates have unveiled a new television campaign highlight the importance of marriage equality to families across Australia. (can be viewed here and broadcast quality here).
The new ad campaign sends the message that "marriage is about family, everyone's family":
"Our campaign will send the message that marriage is about strengthening the bonds within families, and that includes the growing number of families with gay and lesbian members" Mr Greenwich said
The ad features Ivan Hinton his partner Chris and their extended families. Mr Hinton said his motivation behind doing the ad was to show that his family was just like everyone elses.
"Marriage is a unique way to strengthen family bonds and to bring two families together, and I don't understand why some people want to deny this to me, my husband and our families."
"I love my family, I love my husband and I want our families to be treated the same as other families."
After watching this brand-new, beautiful and lengthy trailer for Cloud Atlas, you may find it a little easier to understand the new film from Andy & Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer-- but probably not by much. The sprawling, epic film is adapted from David Mitchell's novel, which tells six vaguely related stories that take place across an entire millennium of time, from a ship sailing the South Pacific in the mid-1800s to a primitive society in Hawaii that survived after the complete collapse of civilization way off into the future. You'll see both of those stories-- both of them starring Tom Hanks, as it turns out-- and many more in the trailer, which you can watch below.
Stephen Fry supports Proud2Be Project by making his own Proud2Be video
Stephen Fry is the latest public figure to lend his support to the Proud2Be Project by making a Proud2Be video and follows in the footsteps of Peter Tatchell, Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans MP, Michael Cashman MEP and Fox from Channel 4's My Transsexual Summer' amongst others. In his video which he shared with his 4.1 million followers he says "it seems funny to me to have to say that I'm proud to be gay but goodness I am...and I won't ever apologise for being born the way I was and feeling the way I do"
The project, which is currently being registered as a community interest company, began nearly a year ago in June 2011 when identical twin brothers Matt and Jon Price sat in front of their web cam and told the world they are proud to be gay. Through the project, Matt and Jon will not only be running the campaign but also facilitating workshops, creating documentaries and exhibitions and opening a centre in Central London. They said:
"As gay children the overriding message we both received from our school and church, the media and society was that being gay was something to be ashamed of. After working for several years with children and young people, still the messages our lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans youth receive are not too dissimilar to the ones we heard growing up. We believe if these messages are not questioned the likelihood is our LGBT youth will grow up feeling ashamed about who they are. We are thrilled that Stephen has joined forces with the Proud2Be Project to help combat this shame and encourage and support all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people to be proud of who they are”
The Proud2Be Project invites you to make a Proud2Be video! Whether you identify as LGBT or you are a friend, parent, co-worker or educator of someone who does, we want you to get involved. To find out more about the project and for details on how to make your own Proud2Be video, head to http://proud2beproject.org