We Have Equality!

Marriage Equality

Today Australia FINALLY made history. We joined so many other countries in the world who offer equality to their LGBTI+ community where marriage is concerned. Yes, we can finally get married!

Congrats to all of those friends who married overseas and with the passing of the Bill are finally now, officially and legally, married here too. It’s about damn time.

It really is something that hits so hard.

After attending so many weddings over the years of friends and family. Having, since 2004, to listen to the words enshrined by the Howard government into the marriage act declaring that I would never, as far as they were concerned, be allowed to marry.

Watching as Bill after Bill had been submitted and defeated over the years since.

Having read the Dean Smith bill and thinking, “I can live with that”.

Having sat through hours of Senate Enquiry hearings where people gladly put their hate on display, and thankfully were countered by the many that showed support.

Having been made to feel wretched leading up to and during the survey into my rights, mostly driven by so-called Christians.

Hearing the result of that survey, a resounding 61.6% of the country voting YES! Though understanding that it still meant 2 of every 5 people were against our union.

Seeing the Bill pass through the Senate.

Listening to hours more of amendments repeated in the House of Representatives that sought to enshrine a level of discrimination into the law that would reach far beyond marriage equality.
Finally seeing the count after a division was forced, that just four members of parliament were in opposition. It was great to see.

So yes, we finally join every other English speaking country in the world as well as others, including Austria, who also passed marriage equality today. I look forward to my upcoming nuptials.

I applaud all of those who fought for this, I know I didn’t do that much in the grand scheme of things and there were tireless fighters who were at the forefront of this for the last 20-odd years. I also applaud those who forty plus years ago began the marches that we continue today for equality.

This truely is the last hurdle we had to overcome, with this passing it will be understood when I’m in a hospital and I declare, “He’s my husband” there will be no quandary and no quarrel, there will be a time soon when there won’t even be a second look to that statement and for that I’m grateful always for those who came before and those who will come after.

Thank you Australia, thank you friends and family, and thank you David who has been with me for over 20 years and will finally be able to become my husband… if he still wants to.

And finally, asking for a friend: Does the Lego Discovery Centre at Chaddy have a wedding gift registry? :-P

New Lego Project Underway

Lego Cleaner

Starting work on my new Lego project today, it’s a website that will catalogue all of my minifigs, the sets they come from, what accessories they have and any other details about them I might search for.

I figure this will assist me when I’m coming up with ideas for new Lego photos. I already have the Instagram, Twitter, and Domain for it. Now I just have to build it. Then photograph and catalogue ALL of my minifigs and accessories. 😮

Future plan is to open the site to others who can make up the figures they have and they can then search only their minifigs and accessories for their use. They will also be able to suggest tags and keywords for figs that I may have overlooked.

Maybe I can wrap it up into a business thing and then I can claim my Lego purchases as an actual business expense! (may not be joking about this) 🤣

How social media manipulates us

I’ve started another Humanity Hiatus. A time when I pull away from social media and news and concentrate on my life and work for a time.

Last time it was for about six months, this time I’ll be going for at least the same amount of time, and at the end of it will see if I want to come back.

I used to watch TED talks all the time, but they fell away to Facebook, YouTube and others over time, but I do love TED. And today, while having lunch I found the following videos that likely encompasses the WHY I (and others) need to take these breaks.

Let Sleeping Dogs (and Cats) Lie

Is it “lie”, or “lay”, I always get them confused. It matters not, the title gets the point across.

 

Below are our pets, as they like to sleep while hanging out with me while I work at home.

 

Bill likes to be real close. I’m not sure how this is comfortable.

Ever the little lady is Joey.

Edie didn’t like being flashed!

More of Jo laying about, it’s her favourite thing.

Porter on the shelf above my desk.

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Gorilla Burger

Gorilla Burger - King Kong

Made it to Gorilla Grill, great recommendation from Karen from Camera Club. They have the goods.

Got the King Kong (double beef, double cheese, double bacon and bbq sauce), with loaded fries. Was delish.

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