We Are Chasing Rainbows

Walking from Sydney to Brisbane for Marriage Equality

We’re walking to share our stories and to remind others that the marriage equality postal survey is about respecting the dignity of people like us. We know that at this time, the power to create positive change is in the hands of all the people we are speaking to. We grew up scared of who we were, and the experience left an indelible mark. Australia has since changed.

As a community we’ve moved on from singling out people like us towards respecting our difference.The idea of continuing a legal ban on people of the same sex publicly acknowledging their union by a civil ceremony (and afterwards celebrating their union with friends and family!) is unnecessary. The ban reinforces the views of the era of disrespect and condemnation. It is only right that it be overturned.

Australians please vote “yes” to same sex marriage.

The Route

We are leaving the pink bubble of Sydney and walking along the Australian east coast to Brisbane, sharing our story and encouraging people to say ‘yes’ to equality.

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Bios

Damien Woolnough

Having worked as a journalist for more than 20 years, Damien’s writing has appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, In Style and Elle. He is a consulting editor at 9Style at nine.com.au.
Damien was the fashion editor of The Australian newspaper, the first editor of vogue.com.au and a regular columnist for The Weekend Australian Magazine.
“I truly believe that Australia is still the land of the fair go. The debate surrounding same sex marriage has encouraged fear and intolerance. I look forward to falling in love with the real Australia when I hit the road".

Adam Russoniello

Adam Russoniello is a barrister working in Sydney. He grew up in Wollongong, as the big brother in a family of 4 kids. He moved to Sydney to study law at Sydney University in 2000, came out (a second time) on 4 June 2005 and has never looked back.
He has had amazing support from his employers whilst a solicitor and in 2010-2011, pursued further legal studies at Oxford University, Magdalen College. He also teaches law students at the University of NSW. He fell in love with Damien Woolnough at some point in 2016 (he knows when, but doesn't tell!).

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Blog

Follow our journey and encounters on the ‘yes’ trail from Sydney to Brisbane. Expect plenty of blisters, sausage rolls, eye rolls and phone charger searches. All in the name of love and equality.

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