Rio Olympics Prove Sexuality Doesn’t Matter

The Rio Olympics are seriously kicking off…

First, we witnessed a marriage proposal on field (which could possibly be the most romantic thing we’ve ever seen at the games), where Brazilian woman’s rugby sevens player Isadora Cerullo was proposed to by her long-term girlfriend and manager, Marjorie Enya. Enya took centre stage at Deodoro stadium following her girlfriend’s rugby finals with heart shaped balloons, making a heart warming speech before asking her girlfriend to marry her.

Enya said; “She is the love of my life. The Olympic Games can look like a closure but, for me, it’s starting a new life with someone.. I wanted to show people that love wins.”
(Find the full article by The Guardian here).

Not only this, but Nike has recently aired it’s first ever advertisement with a Transgender athlete. Chris Mosier, being the first transgender athlete to make the US men’s Olympic team, has become Nike’s newest ambassador in their most recent mass television advertisement.

Mosier says “Everything that I’ve done in the last five, six years since I started to transition, has been with [a] ‘Just Do It’ mindset.” As part of Nike’s Unlimited Campaign, this duathlete has definitely ‘just done it,’ having broken through the invisible glass wall to compete at an international level in a sport he truly loves…

According to Outsports, there are at least 45 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex athletes competing in Rio this year and there are several athletes taking part in the Paralympics as well!

There’s no doubt that the Rio Olympic Games are breaking boundaries, not only in world records, but also in bringing further acceptance of individuals that identify themselves as something other than heterosexual!

You can be part of the solution. Make a change and let love win by joining #TeamEquality here!

EJ

Myth 2: Gay sex is unnatural

Bottleneck dolphins are well known for forming homosexual pairing bonds which often last for life…

People who use this mythologically based argument obviously shows a considerable ignorance of the animal kingdom. In reality, many animals engage in homosexual behaviour. In fact, among the 1500 species whose behaviours have been studied extensively by socio-biologists and researchers over the years, all species have shown signs of homosexual activity.

And it isn’t one offs – or as we call ‘one night stands’ – either.

This same-sex behaviour ranges from occasional displays of love and affection to life long pairing bonds where sex, adoption, raising orphans and even rejections of potential heterosexual partners have been documented. For example, bottleneck dolphins are well known for forming homosexual pairing bonds which often last for life.

It is common, and thus has evolutionary significance not only to human beings but also to the whole animal kingdom.

So why are we prohibiting something so natural?

EJ

Myth 1: Marriage is an ancient institution that shouldn’t be changed

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If anything, there’s one thing this ancient institution (and society as a whole) is not, and that’s static. A lot of things were considered ‘tradition’ and were ‘always the way they are’ until they were changed and improved. Lets take a retrospective look on some examples:

– Dowries being paid for arranged marriages
– Unions between cousins for political relations (commonly practiced by European royalty)
– Slavery
– Dictatorships by kings and emperors
– Human sacrifice rituals
– Witch hunts
– Curing physical illnesses with spells and magic

Should we go back to doing all of this? No.

Sometimes change is good.

Due to the realization of the evils, fallacies or to simply keep up with the dynamism of contemporary society, these ‘traditions’ must be broken to make way for new, fairer and all inclusive conventions.

Plus, no one is proposing changes to heterosexual marriages in any way, shape or form. So what’s the problem?

Help #ChangeAustralia for the better

“To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, until death do us part.” Extending the boundaries to include same-sex couples doesn’t weaken this definition of marriage – It reinforces it.

Welcome to From the Closet to the Aisle, a project aimed at overcoming marriage inequality and towards the recognition of same-sex marriage in Australia. Here, we believe in beating this ongoing issue by educating, supporting and debunking the misconceptions associated with gay marriage. Together, we can take action and help achieve marital recognition for gay and lesbian couples!

How?
– Join the conversation on social media by hashtaging #ChangeAustralia
– Share your comments, experiences, opinions and ideas with us
– Take action! Sign the petition to help make marriage a reality for all Australians.

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Remember, love doesn’t discriminate and neither should Australia.