When they think of Australia, most British people think of beautiful beaches, Kylie Minogue, Neighbours and the legendary Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Party. They think of a forward – thinking young country – not a country where it’s illegal to marry the person you love.
Living with my partner in Sydney for 5 years was an amazing experience. It is one of the most gay- friendly cities in the world, hosting an elaborate and famous Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Party. The party has hosted many famous names – Kylie and Dani Minogue, the Scissors Sisters and Boy George to name a few – who have supported the gay community through the years.
Being gay and wanting to marry in Australia, I wanted to add my own voice. So, as a creative and singing songwriting effort, I wrote and performed my own electro-pop track, History, to say whats its like living a gay lifestyle and wanting to marry.
Link to the YouTube video: Singstress – History (feat. Sharon Ferris)
I completed a pop video to have my own voice. The inspiration for the song was the rule changes around gay marriage & equality all over the world and the legalization of gay marriage in Australia.
It all started with Mardi Gras, when my partner and I fell in love with #rainbowcrossing and realize how important it was for our community. Susan, my partner, took it on board to save the crossing. The visit of Ellen and Portia to Australia was another inspiration. They were welcomed as an openly gay couple, and Ellen is such an massive icon for the gay community. Everyone fell in love with her, and it inspired me to look at how popular culture and celebrities can push gay rights forward.
From Lady Gaga openly supporting gay marriage, to Pink being Bisexual and Kylie always being a strong advocate for gay rights, this song tries to capture the ongoing trend of celebs helping to make the gay everyday.
The song includes my heroine Kylie because she has inspired me my whole life. Kylie Minogue and her fiancé Joshua Sasse have now come out as supporters of the “Say I Do Down Under” marriage equality campaign. The couple say they won’t marry until same-sex marriage becomes legal in Australia.
So no matter how much we support the vote, only time will tell the outcome.
And as my song goes “Lets make History” and change Australia future for the better.