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Thank you Rodney!

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Raised by 178 people in 10 months
Created March 5, 2018
Thank you Rodney!

Who are we?

We're two gay men living in Tasmania - Jason Hoare, and Michael Higgins. We've been friends since 1988, which is also when we met Rodney Croome. 

What are we doing? 

We're starting a campaign to raise money to say "thank you Rodney Croome" for 30 years of LGBTI activism and lobbying. 

Why?

For 30 years Rodney has worked on behalf of ALL LGBTI Australians to make Australia a place where all citizens are equal before the law. He's opted out of the usual career path we've taken for granted and for most of his adult life has missed out on all of the good stuff that goes along with it:
- no superannuation
- no sickness benefits
- no holiday pay.

He's done this on our behalf, to make Australia fairer and safer for us, for LGBTI Australians! 

We want to thank him for his courage in the face of hatred, ridicule and threats; for his leadership of our community, helping to make our country safer and fairer for all of us; for his perseverance and hard work over 30 years.

Thanks Rodney! 

Rodney's work has moved Australia forward:

Rodney has been working for 30 years doing this stuff. It's not just been the glam marriage equality stuff... oh no...

- the ban on LGBTI service personnel in the Australian Defence Force: removed!

- national LGBTI discrimination laws and relationship recognition: achieved!

- Australian Marriage Equality: founded!

Rodney also lead the marriage equality campaign for many years, wrote three books about it, and helped stop the plebiscite. He worked ferociously to stop our community being subjected to the horror of a postal survey, and once it was a fait accompli, worked tirelessly to help win it! Tasmania actually returned a yes vote above the national average!

Current fights

So you think now that marriage equality has been achieved Rodney is going to stop? Ha! As if!  

Rodney is currently working on overturning the ban on gay men donating to the blood bank, and preventing the extension of religious privilege in our country. 

Some of Rodney's achievements for Tasmania:

- From 1988 until 1997 Rodney worked tirelessly, in the face of a strident hate campaign, to decriminalise homosexuality in Tasmania! 

- He took decriminalisation to the United Nations and the High Court of Australia, setting new global standards on LGBTI equality. 

- His work saw the passage of the best anti-discrimination laws in Australia, and at the time, the best relationship laws in Australia.

- Thanks to him, huge strides were made in LGBTI policies in education, health and the police force.

- He's brought landmark hate speech cases before the Anti-Discrimination Commission.

- His work and campaigning lead to the expungement of Tasmanian gay and trans criminal records, and an apology from the Liberal Premier, Will Hodgman.

Recognition

Rodney's work, fighting for human rights, human dignity, equality before the law for all citizens has been recognised by some VERY COOL awards!

- He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003.

- He was named the Tasmanian of the Year in 2015.

Is that enough to convince you? :) Rodney has been working for all of us for 30 years. 

C'mon... let's say thanks! :)
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Update 4
Posted by Jason Hoare
9 months ago
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WOOHOO! Thanks everyone! Look at that! $20,000 in three weeks. Derek Pennington has the odd honour of being the person who put us over the line haha Thanks Derek ;)

Your generosity and kindness has been wonderful and the comments of support and appreciation have melted our hearts. Rodney has told us that he feels humbled and truly grateful for your support, not only financial. He also has a renewed sense of the value of his work, and is strengthened by your affirmation of it too. Really - it's been amazing :)

We're gonna keep the campaign open until the end of April because it's clear that people are still coming across us for the first time.

Thanks again everyone.
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Update 3
Posted by Jason Hoare
10 months ago
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Thank you to all of our donors. We can't tell you how much we appreciate your support - and it's not just financial! Your words of gratitude, love and support have made Rodney appreciate just how much so many of us value his work. Thank you Rodney and thank you again to all of you. We don't need to stop at $20,000, so please keep sharing this campaign. I'm sure that many more people would love to know that they have an opportunity to thank Rodney in this way for all of his work for all of us living under the rainbow. Thank you again.
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Update 2
Posted by Jason Hoare
10 months ago
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Thank you so much everyone for your your generosity. It really is heart-warming that so many of you feel the same way about Rodney as we do :)

If you haven't already, please take the next step and share this campaign on your own social media networks.

There are so many more people living under the rainbow umbrella, or who love someone living under it, who would like to say thank you to Rodney for his work and courage. To reach those people we need lots of help.

So please share the campaign.

Thank you :)

Michael and Jason.
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Update 1
Posted by Jason Hoare
10 months ago
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Dear supporters,

Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity. In less than a week we have over one-third of our target. What a fantastic effort! :)

Would I be able to ask you to also share the campaign on your own social media page(s) if you haven't already done so? I've never done this sort of thing before but according to the "experts", FB shares are pretty much the best way to get the widest possible audience and the greatest number of donations. A third of the way is great but it means that we have two-thirds to go! ;)

So if you haven't already done so, would you please share the campaign?

Thank you so much again for your generosity.

Jason.
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