Exhibiting with 100% proceeds going to LGBTIQ crisis & info counseling service, Switchboard Victoria

I am pleased to be participating in a 3-month virtual exhibition to benefit Switchboard Victoria.  The exhibition entitled “series 01 // love” is in response to the Marriage Equality debate in Australia and invites artists to submit works on the theme of love.  Artworks will comprise a set of postcards to be sold, with all proceeds going to Switchboard Victoria, an information and crisis counselling service for the LGBTIQ community who have seen a 25% rise in calls since the announcement of the postal vote.

The aim of this project is two-fold, i) to promote sharing of positive images in light of the hate messages and debate going on at present, and ii) to raise funds for Switchboard Victoria. Images are released weekly via http://www.facebook.com/cartooningwithpride, pre-order your set of postcards today!

– Curator Jimmy Twin

My postcard features ‘Bec and Isa’ oil and acrylic on canvas, 2017.

Find out more about Switchboard Victoria and the amazing telephone and web counseling services they provide via switchboard.org.au

Twitter: @switchboard_vic

Insta: @switchboard_victoria

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Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby

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I am very pleased to announce that as of Saturday the 2nd of March, 2013…I’m a married woman! Well….sort of. We had a beautiful ceremony before 100 of our closest friends and family. There was a cake, photo booth, flowers…you name it! All of the trimmings that formulate a beautiful event that celebrates the union of two people. Problem #1 is that we hosted our wedding in Arizona, a state that does not recognize same-sex marriage. But hey, same-sex marriage isn’t recognized on a Federal level in the United States yet anyway. Problem #2 is that we live in Sydney, Australia where we cannot be legally married to one another. When researching our rights in New South Whales, Cole and I came across Glrl.org.

The Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) advocates on behalf of the lesbians and gay men. They provide referral and educative resources on gay and lesbian rights to the media, policy makers and the community. Here are a few excerpts from their website: glrl.org.au

“We lobby politicians, government departments, policy makers and the media to redress discrimination against lesbians and gay men.”

“We represent the gay and lesbian community at the local, state and national level through statewide consultations. Our major consultations have highlighted social injustice and legal inequality faced by lesbians and gay men, in areas such as relationship recognition, parenting and adoption rights, workplace discrimination, the age of consent and homophobic violence.”

“We empower the community to take action in the push for equality. The GLRL runs volunteer working groups which organise campaigns and events highlight equality issues.”

For the month of March I am going to be a little bit self-serving. I will be donating a portion of all proceeds from my artwork sold to support Gay and Lesbian rights in my new home, New South Whales. For now my partner and I will be married where it really counts…in our hearts!! Love you boo. 😉

Find out more about the organization at: http://glrl.org.au/

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