Gay Comedians Get Married

Gay Comedians Get Married

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Australia since 9 December 2017 but this article looks back when it was not possible.

Since they could not marry their actual loves, comedians Zoe Coombs Marr and Rhys Nicholson, who are both gay, got hitched in a Melbourne ceremony as a protest against Australia's prohibition on same-sex marriage.

The wedding took place as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, where Coombs Marr took out the prestigious Barry Award for best show.

The protest was in fact a colourful party with music, dances, mock protesters and an impressive cast of Australian comedians.

But not everything was a party. There were some serious moments as well. For instance, comedian Hannah Gadsby gave a powerful speech, saying the think of the children argument commonly used against same-sex marriage is actually one in favour of gay marriage.

When you say to a person, ‘No. You cannot join in. You do not belong in this community', the end of that sentence is not the end of the story. The ramifications are traumatic to the individual, she said.

Rhys and Zoe are doing this for all of the children. Because at the moment, what we are doing in this country is saying to all of the children that it is OK to exclude a minority. It is OK to be a bully, Gadsby continued.

Through their union, filled with love and disrespect, from both within and without, what Rhys and Zoe would like to say to all children is that being inclusive is just as important as being included.

The ceremony's grand finale features the bride and the groom declining to kiss each other and opting instead for giving a passionate kiss to their same-sex partners.

The idea came to me in a dressing room, she said. I was in drag, dressed as a man, and Rhys was in semi-drag as an androgynous dandy. Rhys said, ‘We look like a really fucked up wedding couple'.

We thought it was pretty funny, and the idea stuck in my head. I thought it was something we could do to assert ourselves in a way that was fun but also quite provocative.

According to Coombs Marr, the event was a massive farce.

It is a farce that we can't get married, that we're still talking about this in 2016, she said. We want to say, come on guys, this is really silly. We can't marry our partners but we can marry each other.

Apart from its goal to protest and to entertain, the ceremony also served as a fundraiser for LGBTI youth charity Minus18. The Melbourne-based group run events - including same-sex and gender diverse formals - and provide resources and support to LGBTI youth.

It's really important that young people are getting the message that their relationships are their own and as valid as anybody else's, said Coombs Marr.

Splendour in the Grass

Splendour in the Grass

Splendour in the Grass

is an Australian music and arts festival that takes place every year since 2001. Traditionally, the festival is held in Byron Bay, New South Wales, except for two years since its inauguration when it was held in Woodford, Queensland. The 2013 festival was the first to be held at the new North Byron Parklands locations, to much controversy from festival goers and the local community. The buzz recently happened in 20 - 22 JULY 2018.

The festival was created and promoted by the Village Sounds and Secret Service music companies, and began in 2001 as a one-day gathering for festival goers looking for an event in winter as it is a period when there are not that many events of this nature. The festival evolved into a two-day event in 2002.

As well as the latest and top music from Australia and overseas, the festival also features local arts and crafts and cuisine.

Since 2014, the festival holds up to 30,000 and it is considered Australia's largest winter music festival.

Splendour in the Grass was awarded the Faster Louder Festival Award for Favourite Line Up in 2009. Ode: Intimations of Immortality, by English poet William Wordsworth, was the inspiration for the naming of the event.

In 2016, the headline includes The Strokes (only Australian show), The Cure, Flume, The Avalanches (only Australian show), James Blake, At the Drive-in, Violent Soho, Hermitude, Band of Horses, Sigur Ros, Santigold, Matt Corby, Sticky Fingers, Boy & Bear, Jake Bugg, the 1975, Leon Bridges, Duke Dumong (DJ Set), James Vincent McMorrow, Courtney Barnett, The Kills, The Preatures, What so not, Years & YEars, Gang of Youths, Illy, Peter, Bjorn & John, Golden Features, Crystal Fighters, Ball Park Music, Tegan & Sara, DMA's, Hayden James, City Calm Down, Snakehips, Mark Lanegan Band, Michael Kiwanuka, Jagwar Ma, Jack Garratt, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, The Jungle Giants, The Internet, Motez, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders, Lido, Emma Louise, Kim Churchill, Nothing But Thieves, Kacy Hill, Slumberjack, Robert Forster, Beach Slang, Boo Seeka, Ganz, Spring King, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Fat White Family, Total Giovanni, Methyl Ethel, Slum Sociable, LDRU, In Loving Memory of Szymon, Blossoms, High Tension, Roland Tings, Sampa The Great, The Wild Feathres, Harts, NGAIIRE, Montaigne, Tired Lion, Green Buzzard, Jess Kent, Gold Class, Lucy Cliché, Opiuo, Mall Grab, Dom Dolla, Paces, Just a Gent, Dro Carey, Running Touch, Wafia, World Champion, Sui Zhen, Remi, Nicole Millar, Dreller, Feki, Kllo, Banoffee, Moonbase Commander, The Meeting Tree, Twinsy, Purple Sneaker DJ's, Human Movement, Planéte, Swick, Amateur Dance, Ribongia, among others.

Australian most famous celebs

Australian most famous celebs

They are a mix of good looks, nice accents and mostly worldclass talent, which have propelled their careers in Hollywood and worldwide. Here are the most famous celebs from Australia.

First and foremost, Hugh Jackman. This heartthrob became famous for his portrayal of Wolverine in seven X-Men movies. However, that is not his best work compared to his incredible performances. Some people believe his most brilliant work has been as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. Jackman was born in Sydney and started to focus on his career as an actor when he was 22.

Portia De Rossi became famous with her roles on Ally McBeal, Arrested Development, Better Off Ted and Nip/Tuck. Also many people know her as Ellen DeGeneres's wife, whom she's been married to since 2008. Portia was born in Horsham and raised in Grovedale before moving to the US in her early 20s.

Although Nicole Kidman was actually born in Hawaii, that was only during a temporary stay that her parents were undertaking in the United States. Kidman returned to Australia when she was 4. Later on in life, she made her way back to the US and performed in Days of Thunder in 1990 where she met her first husband Tom Cruise. She is also famous for her work in Moulin Rouge and The Hours.

Even though Cate Blanchett lives in Hollywood, she was born and bred in Melbourne and still considers Australia her home. She become worldwide famous with her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I of England in Elizabeth, as well as Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings. Since then, she has been starring in big-name blockbusters.

Mel Gibson is a different case. He was born in a small town in New York, but he considers Australia his true home where he moved to when he was 12. He moved to Sydney at that age, also his mother's birthplace. In his early 20s, Gibson had his big break in the Australian post-apocalyptic thriller Mad Max, and later moved to Hollywood to become one of America's biggest names.

Russel Crowe is another actor that was born offshore. He is actually a New Zealander but moved to Sydney when he was only 4 years old. After reaching a peak in his music career in Australia and New Zealand, Crowe moved to Hollywood to pursue bigger roles. Crowe become worldwide famous with his starring role in Gladiator.

Even though Rose Byrne had previously acted in secondary roles, she has only become Hollywood famous relatively recently. She has starred in numerous blockusters like Bridesmaids, X-Men: First Class, and Neighbors. Born and bred in Sydney, she has recently filmed a comedy Spy along another famous actress Melissa McCarthy.

No more selfies

No more selfies

The Wedding Cake Rock formation in the Royal National Park is one of the most beloved places to take a selfie in Australia. From handstands, selfies and couple shots, the peculiar land formation has become a popular setting to snap a daring photo.

Unfortunately, there are visible fractures observed in the formation. Therefore, the country's National Parks and Wildlife Service has warned visitors to stay away from the beloved attraction located along Sydney's Royal Coast Walk.

A recently completed geotechnical assessment of the formation's condition shows that the rock is "precariously balancing on the edge of the cliff and severely undercut," according to an NPWS news release. Accordingly, the entire rock formation could collapse anytime within a decade.

"We have now received the results and the report is clear -- standing on the rock platform risks a truly tragic outcome," said Gary Dunnett of the NPWS in New South Wales.

"We will now take action to create a new and safer way to allows visitors to take in the beauty of the site without compromising their safety," said Dunnett.

"This will likely mean a new viewing platform further back from the edge that will allow people to safely take those incredible shots of the rock formation that have become internationally recognizable. This is not about closing the site, it is about making it a safe place to visit and enjoy the view."

People have taken to social media and have linked the closure to the recent interest of the rock, encouraging daredevils to take risky photos near the edge. In 2014, a 23-year-old university student fell to his death from the rock. According to the Sydney Morning Herald "he was believed to be hanging from the edge when the soft rock crumbled."

According to park officials, the fractures are part of a natural process; however, they emphasize that visitors shouldn't go near cliff edges.

"The fractures on the rock could date back hundreds and potentially thousands of years," a spokesperson for the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage stated. It's part of the normal process of rocks being worn over time by the elements and a result of the rock geology. All visitors to national parks or other coastal headlands are warned to stay well away from cliff edges."

Despite the warning messages, visitors to the Royal National Park, south of Sydney, are continuing to risk their lives for an Instagram worthy photo. However, authorities have had enough. Therefore, from now on, park rangers will have the authority to issue on-the-spot fines of at least $300 for sightseers who ignore the warning signs, jump the fence and risk their lives for a picture.

Regional manager of Metro Southwest National Parks and Wildlife Service, Gary Dunnett, said daredevils believe the rock to be solid and safe, but the reality is that the formation is at great risk of crumbling into the sea below.

People look at this pure white rock, and they think it's as stable as concrete, Mr Dunnett said. But the white appearance is because oxides and other contaminants that are usually in the stone matrix are bleached out of it, and the result is that the rock is much more fragile than other coastal cliff lines.

He continued: People who stand on the edge of any rock or cliff face are putting themselves at peril. But Wedding Cake Rock could collapse when people are standing many metres from the edge.

Mr Dunnett said they hoped fines will deter people from risking their lives.

We put in warning signs, and even a new solid fence two months ago. But because it's so sturdy, people are using it to climb over and access the rock, he said.

We have seen on social media, people are posing next to the warning signs before they hop over the fence and take a photo on the edge. We will issue penalty notices of $300 for people who ignore the signage. Our expectation is that by issuing an amount of penalty notices, we are hoping to send a shock wave through social media, which is the same medium that started attracting people getting these photos in the first place.

But we don't want to discourage people from visiting.