We woke up today to see that rugby player Israel Folau has set up a GoFundMe to raise $3 million to pay his legal costs to defend his right to sit across a huge platform and post that homosexuals will go to hell unless they repent.
We passionately believe that the best way to counter homophobia is through sharing the intimate and revealing stories from the LGBTIQ community.
As two queer guys having faced our own battles with our journeys of acceptance, we know first-hand the power of storytelling and sharing empowering stories of love in counteracting the toxic homophobic narrative being preached by Folau and his supporters.
Stories that demonstrate the gay community loving their neighbours, forgiving people for their prejudices towards us, working with them to understand more about us and showing the world that our love is equal, consensual, valid and tender.
If you kindly donate to our campaign, we have an opportunity to film and produce a documentary that will showcase the love, generosity of spirit and warmth of the international LGBTQI community. It’ll show why we’re truly heavenly.
We believe that now, more than ever, is our time to fast track its production.
We’ve identified a story with a surprise special guest whose actions for our community demonstrate the values of forgiveness and acceptance. It’ll present one of the most extraordinary, warmest acts of human kindness ever on record.
With your donations, we’ll screen this film at rugby clubs, youth clubs and to the public.
Here’s what your donations will fund:
1. We need $30k to kick start this powerful documentary that will showcase the love, generosity of spirit and warmth of the international LGBTQI community
2. All remaining funds will be split equally between two LGBTQI organisations we’re passionate about: Equality Australia and Twenty10
In terms of the homophobes, our powerful film will show the world can see that when they go low, the LGBTQI community goes high.
We really don’t earn much money at all, as anyone who knows an on the ground journalist would know! We earn nowhere near the rumoured $1 million a year Israel Folu does as a rugby player. And out platform doesn’t yet match his.
But LGBTQI storytelling is our passion and our most powerful weapon to encourage more understanding and more love. There are fewer places than ever to tell LGBTQI stories so we want to address that.
Any amount donated over $30,000 AUD will be donated to two charities close to our hearts: Equality Australia, which lobbies the powerful to keep LGBTQI equality on the agenda, and Twenty10, which provides specialised services for young LGBTQI people 12-25 including housing, mental health, counselling and social support.
Gary previously managed the press office for UK LGBTQI campaigning charity, Stonewall and was shortlisted for Media Professional of the Year at the 2019 LGBTI awards. His feature for the Australian Women’s Weekly, Brides of Christ, told the story of George Pell’s cousin and former nun Monica Hingston, who fell in love with another nun, left the convent to become a lesbian and challenged Pell on his homophobia.
This feature by Gary won Monica Hingston the Faith Award at the 2019 Australian LGBTI Awards
He has written for every major Australian media outlet about LGBTQI issues, including ABC, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and News Corp.
Read all Gary’s articles here: https://muckrack.com/gary-nunn/articles
Luke’s skillset as a filmmaker covers Producing, Directing, Writing, Editing and Camera Operation.
Spanning a broad range of genres including, documentary, factual, kids, live events and comedy, he has worked with the likes of ABC, Foxtel, SBS, ACON, Twenty10, Nickelodeon, MTV, Red Bull, Daily Telegraph and Change.org to produce content for a range of platforms including on-air broadcast, film festivals, print media and social media.
Beyond the Mirror Ball https://vimeo.com/254370230
Annie's Story https://vimeo.com/260156849
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