IT really is now or never.

We have just a three days left to go for our Pozible crowdfunding campaign. Today we have pledges of more than $42,000 towards our target of $75,000.

If we don’t hit our target of $75,000, we won’t receive a cent of money. That is how these crowdfunding campaigns work.

Any amount you can contribute to our campaign will help us reach the target, and protect the Star Observer. We have also added some new rewards, so check them out again.

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Some of the new rewards include 50 per cent off some advertising for businesses.

Over the last week, we have seen a huge ground swell of support throughout our community. Sasha Haddon, a very generous and talented film maker, helped us put together a video for our campaign (see below).

The ABC’s 7.30 Report also spent the day with us at our offices, putting together a seven minute story into the history of the Star Observer, and the role we have played in helping people within the LGBTI community.

During the ABC filming, we had a roundtable discussion with Sydney state independent MP Alex Greenwich (and former national director of Australian Marriage Equality), Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson, NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby convenor Justin Koonin, 2SER chief executive Melanie Withnall, and LGBTI historian Garry Wotherspoon.

We talked a lot about the issues faced by our community, now and in the past. I pulled a copy of our first anniversary issue from 1980 out of our archives, and the cover story was the treatment of gay refugees in Australia, and political reaction in Canberra.

It really reminded me that while our community is safer than it was in 1979, when the Star Observer started, we still face major challenges and unfinished business. (This is perfectly illustrated in an in-depth feature story about gay asylum seekers in the current monthly edition of the Star Observer.)

Those challenges in 1979 seemed monumental, but they were overcome through courage, determination, and a willingness to work together.

Through it all, our small, dedicated team have focused on telling the stories of our community, and bringing you the best possible independent journalism.

It is now or never. Help us continue the journey.

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