Love Letters: Freedom and Logan want to make it official

The opponents of marriage equality have claimed that the survey on marriage equality is about everything from education programs, to freedom of speech, to fighting political correctness.

We know that the call for equality is simply just recognising the love between two people, and their desire the formalise that commitment before their friends and families.

As we fight for the right to be able to get married to our loved ones, we’re sharing stories of LGBTI couples, and we want you to send us your story, like many couples have already done.

Meet Logan and Freedom.

Who are you?

We are Logan and Freedom Bousbury (we changed our last names and blended them to create a whole new name!) I’m Freedom and I’m the one with the dreadlocks.

How did you meet?

We actually met at work, we were both working at The Cat Haven here in Perth. We worked together for over 2 years before Logan found the courage to ask me on a date!

How long have you been a couple?

We went on our first date in June 2012, decided that we were officially going out about 2 weeks later and that was it! I proposed to Logan just a couple of months later in September 2012 and then in March 2016 we had a ‘wedding’ ceremony in Freo.

What’s your favourite thing about each other?

Logan isn’t like anyone else in the world. They are the strongest person I’ve ever met and have overcome SO much adversity in life and yet come out swinging. Logan is passionate and committed to everything that is important to them; they care about other people and the state of the world so much which is super important. Also they manage to love me because of, rather than in spite of, all my odd habits and needs.

What has been a big moment in your relationship?

We have had an awful lot in the past 5 years! The day we got ‘married’ was pretty big! We went overseas together in 2012 and that was the first time Logan had left Australia, so that was cool. When Logan came out as trans*/genderqueer was full-on and that challenged the relationship we have with each other to evolve and become different and stronger. Buying a house together so we have room for all our cats…

Why do you want to see marriage equality in Australia?

Because we need to stop wasting our time on it and be able to focus on the really BIG issues facing the queer community. Marriage equality is the elephant in the room and we need it out of here so we can worry about the high representation of queer youth in the homeless population; the higher likelihood for a queer person to be a smoker; violence and discrimination against trans* people; racism in the queer community; bi+ erasure and so many other things.

Also the big question is, how ‘equal’ will marriage equality be – will it just be same-sex marriage and therefore miss trans* people?

How do you foresee your wedding day?

Well we already had our fancy wedding and it was perfect. We had about 40 guests, just close friends and the important people in our lives (and one of our dogs, of course!)

Logan wore a stunning green suit and I had a gorgeous ensemble mainly purchased from op shops. All the food was vegan and absolutely delicious. I walked down the aisle to “Walking on Sunshine” which pretty much sums up how my life has been since having Logan in it. We ate, drank (non-alcoholic) and were merry!

Everything wrapped up by 6pm and we went to Cottesloe beach to see Sculptures By the Sea, walking around somewhat deliriously in our wedding gear. I’m not someone who dreamed of my wedding day as a little girl. I never really thought it was a huge deal. But it truly was the perfect day.

If/when marriage equality is finally legalised, we will have a quick registry wedding to make it official.

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