The fight for marriage equality is not an easy one, with most of the country actually not too concerned if a same-sex couple can marry.
It’s a handful at the top that is either too scared or too concerned that the decision will affect them politically. Surely a politician is supposed to be the voice of the people. Australia’s voice has been quite clear for some time — maybe we should buy politicians some cotton buds, so they can clean out their ears.
I was talking about marriage equality with my grandfather, who raised the subject with me.
“What’s all this stuff about gay marrying? You don’t want to get married do you?” This is from a man who has been married five times and has settled down with a fabulous German lady who is just as much a smart arse as he is.
“Take it from your Pop, you don’t want to bloody marry anyone. Too much of a headache. They move in and touch your stuff because they don’t like it, then when you break up, they want to take your stuff they didn’t like in the first place.”
After I went through the ins and outs of what being married actually brings to the table of a same-sex couple and how it would be one more step to being treated as equals, my grandfather paused.
“Oh bloody hell, I thought you just wanted to do it for the dresses. Well, you should all be able to do it, just be careful. As you know, I’ve made a couple of mistakes.”
Our conversation then led to my crazy sister. This went on for another 30 minutes before a we had big laugh and off he toddled.
To keep up the fight, Australian Marriage Equality (AME) is putting on two fundraisers this Friday night, with all money going to the cause, straight to AME. We have at Q Bar the Dirty Hens Night starting at 9pm with DJs like Feisty, Kate Monroe, Kelly Lynch, Sandi Hotrod, to name a few, and shows by the always gorgeous diva Shauna Jensen and Pretty Strong Lady.
Then there is Buck$ Party across the road at Slide, also with an extremely impressive DJ list, with Dan Murphy, Juan Velasco and Kitty Glitter, and shows by some of the sexiest boys in Sydney, from the Bears to lifesavers and El Circo pole dancers.
You can still buy tickets from Slide and they are selling a double pass for just $60.
Both events should be an absolute hoot and you’re safe in knowing that all funds raised are helping to fight for the right to marry whoever you love. If my grandfather can do it five times, surely I can do it once.