Some of the most personal things I’ve published – which, perhaps not un-coincidentally, have been the hardest ones to write – have turned out to be my favourite posts.
Obviously, as someone who has been engaged to be married for seven years, but is still prohibited from doing so by a homophobic Government, and Parliament, marriage equality features prominently among these articles. As does LGBTI politics and law reform which, given my history as a long-term advocate and activist, is equally unsurprising.
Anyway, here’s a few of the personal posts of which I am most proud. I hope you enjoy them:
Written on the 20th anniversary of my coming out to my parents, which was a bit more melodramatic than you might expect.
“One day, hopefully not too far in the future, we deserve the right to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, and not our 8th, 9th or even 10th engagement anniversary.”
Written on Steve and my 8th anniversary – and also the 2nd consecutive census in which we had to declare that we were still not married.
About my (indirect) connection to the 1967 Indigenous referendum, and including my thoughts about the then upcoming plebiscite on marriage equality.
Written after the successful campaign to stop the unnecessary, wasteful and divisive plebiscite, celebrating the achievements of an LGBTI community that stood up and stopped the seemingly unstoppable.
As the title suggests, a look back on some of the highlights from the first five years of this blog, including thanks to the readers (and above all, to my fiancé Steven, whose support has made it all possible).
I also include the ‘Top Three’ from my countdown of the Ten Things I Hate About Marriage Inequality, which I wrote in 2014 on the 10th anniversary of John Howard’s ban on marriage equality:
- Ten Things I Hate About Marriage Inequality Number 3: Because it makes attending weddings a bittersweet experience
- Ten Things I Hate About Marriage Inequality Number 2: Because we’ve been waiting so damn long
- Ten Things I Hate About Marriage Inequality Number 1: Because I can’t marry the man I love