Why FBi Radio says Yes

There are millions of excellent reasons to vote YES in the postal survey on marriage equality. These are some of ours.

The question is equality. Love is our answer.

Abdul Abdullah, Aurora Scott, David Capra + Nat Randall, Canvas

Canvas says yes. We are supporters, allies and participants in LGBTQIA communities, and fully endorse the yes campaign. Vote yes for love and vote yes for a shared, better future.

Alex Arnott, Weekend Lunch

This vote to me is about normalising the queer experience. A Yes win will show that our lives are equal to all others, which will trickle down so young people won’t have to feel the shame and isolation that many queer people go through. Also, send me pics of your yes vote and you can come to my wedding! Vote Yes!

Alex Pye, Mornings

I’m voting yes because love is love and fair is fair. My girlfriend and I should have the same legal rights to marry as everybody else in Australia. It’s really awful that the legitimacy of my relationship is currently under so much scrutiny as the debate spirals into whether homosexuality is right or wrong. The question we are being asked is should everybody in Australia be treated equally. I hope you decide yes!

Alice Gifford + Dean Crowe, Dead Air

Through Dead Air we get to work with LBGTQIA+ musicians, industry & audiences who enduringly find the strength and energy to make and support art that advocates for change and speaks out against systems that reject Queer lives. A Yes vote is overdue and not nearly sufficient. But a Yes vote is what we have to show LBGTQIA+ folk that we are listening. It is the least that we can do, so let’s do it.

Amelia Jenner, Music Director

I’m voting yes for my LGBTQIA best friends and family. I’m voting yes for the young Australians who can’t. I’m voting yes so future generations won’t have to go through this. I’m voting yes because queer or not, we all benefit from queer culture every day and it’s time for straight people to step the fuck up. This ‘debate’ is about so much more than who can marry who, this is state sanctioned discrimination and we need to show the stuffy, weak white dudes in power that it’s not okay and Australia won’t stand for it.

Amelia Mertha, Music Assistant

This queer brown girl is voting yes because I know that we all deserve to live without shame, fear and the barriers of bigotry, and to have an equal chance at grabbing the bull by the horns and living a life as creative and generous and fruitful as could potentially be. This is the right thing to do, an important step towards truly equal rights: I feel it in my bones.

Andrew + Pat Santamaria, Declan Pigott, Frank Xavier + Vi Hermens, Motorik

Modern dance music culture is formed from the nucleus of 1970’s queer danceterias. From disco to punk-funk and fast-forward to the Berghain or the Pav, to love dance music is to embrace a gift given to us by an incredible group of people whose joyous expression and love of the form was a beautiful rebellion against a society that marginalised them. To dance is to dance with them. Our party has always embraced the concept of being a safe space no matter who you are, what you do or who you choose to love or lust after. Everyone is equal on the dance floor, and everyone deserves to be equal in life and, as this survey asks, on the wedding aisle… to say the very, very least. We will be voting yes not just for our biological families and our logical families (aka our friends!) but also because it is a principle that matters. We hope you will be too.

Ariel Bogle, Osman Faruqi + Sam Jonscher, Backchat

Backchat will be voting Yes for marriage equality because it’s 2017 and it’s frankly insane one group of Australians don’t have the exact same rights as everyone else. It is the obvious, right, kind, necessary thing to do. Politics isn’t just talk, it’s actions too.

Bart Denaro, Office Manager

I’m voting yes because denying legal equality to same-sex couples = denying the legitimacy of same-sex relationships, full stop. Fuck that. This is a national embarrassment and indulging the fear and ignorance that keeps it in place needs to stop now. The arguments against voting yes are rooted in haggard morality and must be laughed at then consigned to the dustbin of ludicrous history. The people who seek to deny rights to our sisters and brothers don’t get to demand civility. Get this shit out of our laws, then we can wring it out of the community altogether. Love is love. People are people. Vote yes.

Brooke Olsen, Ears Have Ears

I’m voting yes because everyone deserves to have their love legally recognised. I’m voting yes because my LGBTQIA friends are still not seen as equal in this country. I’m voting yes because we’re no longer living in the dark ages. Love is love.

Caroline Gates, Program Director

Equal rights should be something that our lawmakers protect, not obstruct. I guess they need a bit of help this time. It stings my pride to have to ask friends, family, and a nation of strangers to grant me equality and the right to marry my partner. But I hope that this survey makes it crystal clear to our politicians – and more importantly to the queer kids feeling lost and alone through this, and the couples who’ve been fighting discrimination for decades – that as a nation we’re for love, acceptance and fairness. I’m voting yes with my whole heart. I hope you do too.

Cass Wilkinson, Board President

Creative Sydney and queer Sydney are inseparable. FBi supports the right of our LGBTQI members, listeners and community to have equality because Sydney culture is diminished when we exclude and enriched when we include.

Danika Rose, Weekend Lunch

I am voting Yes to marriage equality because I think it is super important that we fight against homophobia in whatever we can. A resounding Yes win will give so much hope, courage and support to queer people like me across the country, so we can continue to live and love and exist in a better and more inclusive Australia.

Darren Lesaguis, Wednesday Arvos

That the lives of an entire cross-section of our community have been reduced to a yes or no, in an ultimately unbinding vote, is a hit to everyone’s human dignity. Those who laid the foundation for LGBTQIA+ rights decades before us deserve the right to marry. Marginalised queer youth, queer POC, those in the closet and a vast intersection of people whose main concern is not marriage equality, but daily survival, deserve to feel empowered within their own identity. They deserve the right to marry. A vote for Yes is a vote for more than that though, it’s a public affirmation of acceptance and equality. I’ll fight for my right to marry the one I love, but more so I’ll fight for the questioning teen I once was… to tell him that his love is real, and valuable and free to be given.

Isabelle Hore-Thorburn, Katie Winten + Mari Stuart, Agenda

We’re voting yes because we believe all relationships are equal, and deserve (long overdue) legal recognition. To all of the LGBTQI* members of our arts and music communities, especially to trans, non-binary and gender diverse friends – we stand with you, and we acknowledge that legal recognition is an important step in preventing the discrimination that LGBTQI* people face daily. This postal survey is part of a much bigger system of oppression and discrimination, let’s all look after each other in these coming months with support, empathy and love.

Jack Crane, Weekend Overhang

Marriage Equality isn’t simply a matter of opinion, it’s a matter of human rights. Equality should never be up for debate but when it is, you open the door for prejudice and discrimination against marginalised communities. I’ll be slamming that door shut and ticking yes on the ballot paper. Care to join me?

Jack Shit, Jack Off

Say yes because love is love. I’ve never said no to anything good in my life! I cannot wait to have John Howard’s execrable imposition (‘marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of a man and a woman, to the exclusion of all others’) permanently purged from the ceremonies it has scarred. Time to change that lame fucking law! As a deejay who plays countless weddings I desperately want my queer family and friends to have equal access to the full range of rites and rights. Petty, fearful discrimination diminishes everyone. This is blindingly clear in the light of love. Whether loathsome relics of separation and anxiety like it or not, we are family. I’m actually descended from some of the first activists against the institution of marriage in the western world. I agree it has a heap of sexist baggage – and I’ve zero interest in subscribing to that mode of relationship consecration personally. But I will not deny equal rights to love, society and ceremony to anyone. As FBi has shown me – respect engenders growth beyond all expectation. This long-overdue change will help us bloom together.
Right now, we need that, more than ever.

Jared Richards + Marcus Whale, Sleepless in Sydney

We’re voting yes to move towards the future queer people deserve, one without fear of violence and discrimination. It’s easy to get frustrated with this drawn out debate, which not only demeans us, but also draws attention away from disproportionate rates of LGBTQIA homelessness, suicide and violence against gender non-conforming bodies. But a ‘yes’ is a clear and resonant message of victory, a weapon from which we create a better world for all us queers.

Johanna Roberts, In The Pines

I’m voting (have voted!) YES, because it’s such a no-brainer. Love x equal rights, is there anything better?

Johnny Lieu, Spin the Bottle

I’m voting yes because I think it’s absurd we’re still having this discussion about affording the same rights to everyone: our friends, our family, all of us who deserve to be treated equally.

Kat Dopper, Kings and Queens

I say yes because I want to marry the love of my life one day, because I want my sister to be able to marry the love of her life one day. Because this shouldn’t even be a thing, its about equality and equal rights. Lets get it done and focus on bigger issues like supporting LGBT youth! VOTE YAS

Mitch Feltscheer, Kings and Queens

I’ll admit to being a big ol’ wedding crier. Not only have I been a weepy mess but I’ve also laughed and danced and sung and spoken at so, so many amazing, beautiful weddings of friends and family. I’d love nothing more than to one day return the favour and have someone, anyone really, cry at my wedding.

Nerida Ross, Arts and Culture Executive Producer

I am voting yes because I am saying no to fear, to hate, to bigotry, to a past that excludes people I love because of the people they love. I am saying yes to love.

Sam Eacott, Ears Have Ears

I’m voting YES for past and future generations. LGBTQI+ people who fought for basic human rights have been waiting decades to marry the person they love which is completely unacceptable. Marrying my same-sex partner might not be exactly what I want for my future, but to me the question of whether marriage as a concept is worthy is mute when there are kids struggling to get out of bed and go to school everyday because of homophobia. A vote for no is a vote for prolonged suffering. Embrace love instead and vote YES.

Samantha Groth, Sponsorship + Partnerships Manager

I’m voting yes because when homophobia is given legal/institutional support it damages our community, and the people within it. It’s not normal to exclude or be unkind to people because of who they love and I want the next generations of Australians to grow up in a country that supports all kinds of unity, instead of dividing it into who can and cannot love each other under the law. It’s 2017 ffs.

Scarlett Di Maio, Ears Have Ears

I am voting yes because I stand for equal rights, civil rights and human rights. Not only is it redundant to vote no, it’s dangerous to encourage the idea that disagreeing with such a human right and need as love is a reasonable reaction. No person should be given the power to stand against another’s right to love. That obscures the very thing that makes us human.

Stephen Ferris + Kris Gale, Fire Up!

FBi says yes – at last, something that Ian Roberts, Todd Greenberg and Fire Up! can agree upon.

Stuart Coupe, Tune Up

I find it astonishing to think that in 2017 in Australia there is even an issue – let alone a debate and the need for filing out forms – surrounding marriage equality. For two people to be able to marry – regardless of any discussion of gender and sexuality – strikes me as amongst one of the most fundamental rights that people should have. One of my children desires to enter a same sex marriage with her partner and I’m flabbergasted that we have to go through this process so that they or anyone else can legally do so. Australia. 2017. Vote YES.

Tanya Ali, Monday Arvos

Marriage equality will by no means radically bring about the end to queerphobia, but it’s a simple, necessary and long-overdue step towards that. Also, my eventual queer af Brown wedding is gonna be hella vibrant, colourful and fun, and to make it happen we all need to vote yes!

Tia Newling, Spin the Bottle

Cishets are given enough platforms and enough microphones and enough privileges, and that’s why I’m voting yes. I’m voting yes for every time I’ve been afforded a privilege that has been denied to others. I’m voting yes because I wish I wasn’t allowed to be a part of this decision, and I wish it wasn’t a decision at all.

Tyson Koh, Loose Joints

I’m a ‘Yes’ man because I can coolly and calmly destroy any argument for voting ‘No’. That and I think Australia needs more love, not less of it!