Equal Love Rally, Melbourne, August 11 2012

On August 11 several thousand people rallied against eight years of being second class citizens and then participated in a mass illegal wedding.

Eight years after the Howard Liberal government introduced the delightfully discriminating Marriage Amendment Act (2004), we’re still rallying for marriage equality.

A fruity message highlighted the discrimination:

We cant-elope
We cant-elope

Ernie & Bert were planning their wedding in New York (and Colin was planning his wedding to a handsome police officer):

While Ernie & Bert want to marry in New York, Colin has his eyes on a handsome policeman
While Ernie & Bert want to marry in New York, Colin has his eyes on a handsome policeman

Straights were fighting hate:

Straights against hate
Straights against hate

There were thousands of people there:

Huge crowds!
Huge crowds!

Two gorgeous guys got illegally married to each other:

Even gay zombies want to get married
Happy illegally married

Enjoy all the excitement of the day – photos on Picasa and Facebook.  View all my Equal Love Rally posts here.  Please contact me if you want to use any of my photos from this event.

Equal Love Rally, Melbourne, May 12 2012

An amazing Equal Love Rally was held on May 12, 2012. Guest speakers included Magda Szubanski, Carl Katter and Adam Bandt. The next Equal Love Rally will be held on August 11, 2012. See you there.

Eight years after the Howard Liberal government introduced the delightfully discriminating Marriage Amendment Act (2004), we’re still rallying for marriage equality.

Magda Szubanski was guest of honour at the Equal Love Rally on May 12, 2012:

Magda Szubanski calling for marriage equality
Magda Szubanski calling for marriage equality

Carl Katter was there too:

Carl Katter
Carl Katter

Adam Bandt, Federal MP for Melbourne and Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens returned to speak out for equality:

Adam Bandt - Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens
Adam Bandt – Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens

Dear Julia, my partner Gregory and I have been in a relationship since November 2008. Gregory is a father of two. We want the right to get married. Why does the government not allow us to get married?

Julia, why can't Gregory and I get married?
Julia, why can’t Gregory and I get married?

Even gay zombies want to get married:

Even gay zombies want to get married
Even gay zombies want to get married

Enjoy the excitement of the day – photos on Picasa and Facebook.  View all my Equal Love Rally posts here.  Please contact me if you want to use any of my photos from this event.

Global Atheist Convention 2012

I attended the 2012 Global Atheist Convention. It was an amazing weekend of intelligence, open-mindedness, life changing events and so much more. Enjoy my photographs.

The inaugural Global Atheist Convention was held in Melbourne in March 2010.  I wrote a little about it here.

My partner Gregory and I decided to attend the second GAC, having enjoyed the first one so much.  It was held last weekend, April 13-15 2012.

Again I took my camera, to help record the excitement of the weekend.  Please enjoy my photos.  I invite your comments.

Oh yeah, there was also that little kiss that changed the world for the better.  Check it out here.

Lastly, take a few minutes to help remember the legend that was Christopher Hitchens and watch the tribute to him.

From 20120413 Global Atheist Convention Launch
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From 20120414 Global Atheist Convention Saturday
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From 20120414 Global Atheist Conference Gala Dinner
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From 20120415 Global Atheist Convention Sunday
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From 20120415 Global Atheist Convention – fanatical Islamic protesters
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I kissed a man and Allah-ked it

Gregory and I had a smooch in front of a group of radical, fanatical Islamic protesters at the 2012 Global Atheist Convention. Allah liked it, but these whack-jobs didn’t feel as compassionate, saying we would burn in hell.

A group of radical, fanatical Jihadi Islamic protesters gathered at the Global Atheist Convention on Sunday April 15 2012.  Seemingly they felt that atheism was a threat to humanity and their very existence.

Gregory and I had a smooch in front of these whack-jobs and they started howling that we would “burn in hell”.

Our friend Pete Darwin captured the moment with my trusty Nikon and the rest is history.

There’s been a bunch of coverage online:

If you find any other places that have covered this story, please let me know.


Dead links

  1. http://digg.com/newsbar/topnews/gay_guys_kiss_in_front_of_islamic_fanatics_at_2012_global_atheist_convention
  2. http://www.dnamagazine.com.au/articles/news.asp?news_id=16500
  3. http://www.libertarianrepublican.net/2012/04/two-gay-men-give-each-other-big-fat.html
  4. http://obama2012election.com/gay-men-kiss-as-muslims-protest-atheist-convention-in-australia
  5. http://shadedspriter.tumblr.com/post/21518900834/gregory-storer-and-michael-barnett-gay-kiss

Original photographs on Google Photos and Facebook.

Thanks to Katy Perry for inspiration.