A popular wedding magazine in Australia, White, has come under fire for failing to feature any same-sex couples in their online or print media.
Same-sex marriage has been legal in Austrailia since 2017 when Australia joined Ireland in being the second nation to put the case of marriage equality to a democratic vote.
Since the legislative change, White has made no reference to the change and has not featured any same-sex couples in any subsequent editions despite a surge in gay weddings.
A photographer who has contributed to White has come forward and alleged that they have an informal policy of blocking coverage of same-sex weddings.
Photographer Laura Holtz who has had her work featured on the cover has raised this issue with the editor and he responded with a text message saying: “we aren’t sharing Same-Sex weddings at this point”, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Hotz, who is married to a woman, said: “I imagine the majority of LGBTQI persons would be feeling hurt regarding not being represented equally or at all.”
Other industry professionals have echoed Holtz’ comments.
Photographer Alex Vaughan wrote: “Over the past twelve months, emails have been sent, calls have been made and some of the best wedding photographers in Australia have put their support behind a movement asking White Magazine to include and represent same-sex weddings.
“Either White Magazine should represent same-sex weddings or make public their unwillingness to do so so that consumers and vendors can make informed choices on whether or not they want to support the magazine.”
Advertisers have also hit out at the magazine. Ona Janzen who has advertised her wedding photography business in White Magazine told AAP: “If I had known they don’t support SSM I wouldn’t have chosen to spend a good portion of my marketing funds with their magazine, on principle.”
The magazine has yet to respond.
Speaking of same-sex weddings, GCN’s annual Weddings Issue will be out next month and we are looking for married couples who met through the personal ads of GCN.
If you or someone you know met their other half this way, please email us at [email protected], we would love to feature you in our next issue.
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