Not-Another-Bill

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LOVE

By Ancilla Quena and Lucy Baker

It’s Pride Month! Aside from the parades and celebrations, it’s especially important to reflect on how far we've come and how much more we still need to achieve to strive for equality. Within this series of articles, we have the pleasure of speaking to some amazing members of the LGBTQ+ community. This week we’re talking about LOVE with Luke & Craig of the Travelling Husbands (@travelling.husbands).

If you don't already know them, you should probably pop over to their Instagram and have a gander at their crazy lives filled with endless travels. We managed to catch up with them before they jet off on another adventure to hear their thoughts about what it means to love and be loved.

Luke & Craig have been together for more than a decade now. They stumbled upon each other’s path in a local bar in the sleepy town of Perth, Australia. Luke’s energy (and more importantly, his perfectly shaped brows) immediately got Craig’s attention - we agree his brows would definitely make even Cara Delevine jealous. A few happy hour cocktails and sweaty dance sessions later, they both knew that they’d found their person. Craig talked of how comfortable they felt in each other's company, fun being at the forefront of what brought them together.

Since then, the pair have moved across the globe, travelled to 82 different countries, slept in a tent for 60 nights straight, got through COVID together and fell deeper in love with every passing day.

How would you define Love?

The couple believes love is universal and should be there for everybody to experience. "We’ve been to some countries where it wasn’t legal to love who you love. We had to do little things like sleep in separate beds and quickly move everything over in the morning so as to look like we weren’t together. You feel uneasy and become reminded of how certain people can’t express themselves and the privilege we have being born in Australia and living in a more accepting place like the UK.” says Craig.

Today, there are still 71 countries where homosexuality is still outlawed with many imposing strict and brutal sanctions. The fight for equality is far from over, one small brick initiated the Stonewall Riots and it has served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement. We can carry through this momentum of change together.

For us, gifts are definitely our main love language (we do love a sexy champagne hamper). What do you think yours is? How do you express love to each other?

For Craig, “It’s the little things, sometimes just doing small actions can improve somebody’s day so much. When you know each other so well, you don’t really have to say anything. After a stressful day of work, I make sure I make Luke his favourite dessert or buy him his favourite chocolate, or if he’s really stressed I give him a massage”

And as for Luke “Craig loves his morning coffees, it’s my duty every single morning to make his coffee. I’m basically the household barista.”

For Craig

For Craig

The first thing Craig does when he arrives at a hotel is go looking for a bathrobe. What's better than these sumptuously soft, absorbent cotton waffle bathrobes embroidered with initials, name or a special pet name?

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For Luke

For Luke

To complete the morning coffee ritual - each mug is handmade by a small family-run workshop in southern Italy. Truly one-of-a-kind, the individual mugs have red and blue splatter print that is completely unique.

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Craig proposed to Luke on New Year’s Eve 2017 at Central Park and they got married the following year.

Luke mentioned it was a bit of a challenge because "We couldn’t legally get married in Australia leading up to our planned date. So we decided to get married in French Polynesia, on an island called Mo'orea, just between Tahiti and Bora Bora. We had our close family fly in for it and officially got married there, signed the documents and everything. Then had a formal reception in Australia with all friends and family who couldn’t make it.”

It’s hard to imagine, but same-sex marriage was only legalised in December 2017 in Australia. So far, 30 countries and territories have enacted national laws allowing same-sex couples to marry, mostly in Europe and America.

What has love enabled you to overcome?

For Craig, Luke was a big factor in helping him to come out to his friends and family. “We were already dating for 4 years before I officially came out. In Australia, I was more worried about what everyone else would think. Luke definitely encouraged me to love myself and be proud of who I am. In the end everyone actually really didn’t care, everyone was so happy and supportive when I came out.” says Craig.

“We’ve also been through COVID together and that was really difficult. Not being able to go home and see family and friends, was difficult. Some of our close friends and relatives passed away - so during that time having someone to have a laugh and do Tik Tok dances with in our little tiny London flat was really precious” says Luke.

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How will you be spending this Pride month?

"Embracing and celebrating who we are with our friends here in London. Also, taking into account the areas of the LGBTQ+ communities that still need support, especially the transgender community and those who are homeless. It’s making sure people are seeing where the struggle is still persisting." says Craig.

The couple reminded us that although Pride includes having fun with loved ones, the emphasis needs to be on action and impact, how change still needs to be enforced as an everyday effort as opposed to only for one allocated part of the year.

Thank you for sharing, it was so lovely to catch up with both of you. To end, do you have anything you’d like to share with the readers?

The couple emphasised the importance of being proud of who you are and loving yourself. Craig said "When we were 18 to around 27, we didn’t accept who we were and truly missed out on a big chunk of an important time in our lives. Also, surround yourself with positive people who raise you up and encourage you to realise how awesome you are." Luke followed with "We’re all amazing and you gotta love yourself. The earlier you realise this the happier you will become."

“Love has no gender - compassion has no religion - character has no race.”

― Abhijit Naskar

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