What Next for Marriage Equality?

Last year, I posted my submission to the Senate Inquiry to determine if a non-binding marriage plebiscite should be held to determine if marriage equality should be allowed in Australia. The Australian Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee reviewed all the submissions and made its report available in September 2015. While the report contained a number of observations, it also made a recommendation to the parliament of Australia:

The committee recommends that a bill to amend the definition of marriage in the Marriage Act 1961 to allow for the marriage between two people regardless of their sex is introduced into the Parliament as a matter of urgency, with all parliamentarians being allowed a conscience vote.

The Coalition-led Government declined to follow the recommendation of the Committee, and decided that a plebiscite would move forward at an estimate cost of $170 million. This is because the Prime Minister, Malcom Turnbull – who previously fully supported marriage equality – now is beholden to his more conservative members of his party room to retain his position as leader of the government. Turnbull worked too hard to get that job for him to consider any chance of losing his title. Turnbull played a long-shot in his recent double-dissolution of parliament and lost, and now we have a Senate that is proving to be more challenging for the Government to deal with, and with the recent announcement of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) that they will oppose the bill allowing the plebiscite, it appears this particular issue is being laid to rest.

You know it’s upsetting to some coalition members, when the Attorney-General, George Brandis, is quoted as saying:

This morning the Labor party has driven a stake through the heart of marriage equality … [r]ather than working with the government to see this matter settled, Bill Shorten and Labor have chosen to play politics with the lives of gay people. Their cynical decision this morning will ensure this debate will continue for years to come.

It brings little joy to know that Brandis is championing the “rights of gay people” in his statement which is a position that has very little foundation to it given his history. Of course, as many of us who live in the USA know, this childish activity is common-place among politicians (or wanna-be politicians) who don’t get there way. It’s like the neighborhood kid who takes his bat and ball home because he didn’t like the outcome of the game: spiteful and childish.

Of course, I applaud the ALP for joining with other non-coalition Senators in taking this stance to oppose the plebiscite. While it may delay the outcome of marriage equality, it will also save the Australian people millions of dollars, and the trauma of what would be a very divisive debate that would impact the lives of so many people unnecessarily.

Learn more marriage equality in Australian here.

Clarifying The “Empire”

So it seems my recent post about launching True Blue Strategy got some people asking, “so what happened with your Rodan+Fields business?” The answer is that it is still there, and growing!

Rodan+Fields – like any business – is taking time to gets its feet on the ground and I am currently working a 2-4 year plan for that to become profitable. Well let me correct that, it is profitable now thanks to my wonderful customers and partners, but I mean really profitable.

True Blue Strategy will be the business that I work full-time (or as full-time as I can), and I will continue to spend the 10-15 hours each week working Rodan+Fields. I continue to be excited about the R+F launch in Australia later this year, and already have some amazing folks who are set to partner with me on day one. So in addition to the updates and follow-ups that I do weekly with R+F, most of my energy has been working to connect with Aussie folks and start building their teams for when we launch. #InstantSuccess

This has been one of the reasons why I didn’t launch True Blue Strategy prior to my travels to Australia. I knew where the focus needed to be (well the first trip at least), but now that I’m back home in the US, I knew it was time. Besides, R+F has helped me with my launch of True Blue Strategy by providing part of the start-up costs so that I could be open for business today.

The great thing about both of these businesses, is that they work well with each other. Each provides a very clear pathway to travel in their success, with some crossover but very little opportunity for conflict.

So whether you are looking for a partner to help with your strategic initiatives, or open to starting your very own part-time skincare company with the 2nd Largest Premium Skincare company in the USA, you know where to look.

Introducing My New Business


Now that I have returned and recovered from my extended travels to Australia, I am excited to announce that I’m launching my new consulting business – True Blue Strategy. We are now open for business.

What is True Blue Strategy and why am I telling you about it? Great questions!

The official “what is” response is:

True Blue Strategy is a full-service consulting firm that exists to help individuals, causes and organizations achieve measurable success, locally and globally. We aim to do this by providing strategic advice, practical support and focused expertise.

Our values will drive our success, and we aim to do this with an ethical and honest focus and a realistic presence.

Of course, you and I both know that this is far more than just that. True Blue Strategy has grown from a passion that has driven me since moving to Frisco in 1999, and continues to excites me today. Politics, civic/community engagement, and public affairs have always been in my blood, and while the drive has always been there, the opportunity has only recently surfaced. I am excited to turn one of my passions into a career choice, and I am thankful that I have someone like you to share this exciting news with.

I want to invite to learn more about True Blue Strategy by visiting our website (more content coming soon). Take a moment to learn about what services we offer, or find out the why and the who (not the band), or if you want to jump right in, learn how you can partner with us.

While you are clicking on links, please take another moment to like our Facebook page, and follow us on twitter and Instagram. Our social media presence is growing, and you can help with three simple clicks. So click away…

Thank you for allowing me to share this exciting news with you, and invading your inbox for a brief moment to do so. You may have questions or would like more information on this step in my life, and I welcome those (just hit reply). Also, thank you for sharing my news with your friends, family and colleagues; or forwarding this to members of your church, organizations that you belong to or your circles of influence. You are very much appreciated.

With appreciation,

James Nunn

Basket of hate

“You know, just to be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. They’re racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people – now have 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric. Now some of these folks, they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America. But the other basket–and I know this because I see friends from all over America here–I see friends from Florida and Georgia and South Carolina and Texas–as well as, you know, New York and California–but that other basket of people are people who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures, and they’re just desperate for change. It doesn’t really even matter where it comes from. They don’t buy everything he says, but he seems to hold out some hope that their lives will be different. They won’t wake up and see their jobs disappear, lose a kid to heroin, feel like they’re in a dead end. Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well.”

This is what Hillary Clinton said.

Could she have used a better descriptive word, most likely; does it take away from the truth of her statement, not one word.

I’m fortunate to know many other folks in that “other basket” and they do have their concerns about the direction of the GOP this election cycle, and they do have their issues with the language of politics – on both sides. I share most of that same thinking. It concerns me, and it bothers me.

Today, more than any day, as we remind people to #NeverForget, try to remember what happens when you blindly follow charismatic people who promote hate (however thinly veiled), and persecute a group of people based on their sexuality, religion or their gender. We end up with wars, we end up with planes being flowing into buildings and killing thousands of people and we end up repeating history … the bad version of history. Just because an American says it, doesn’t make it more right or more true, than if someone from Germany, Cambodia, Afghanistan or Iran said the same thing. Hate is hate, and right now, there is one group, one big basket of people who enthusiastically stand behind one voice that is – in my own thinking – deplorable.

I’m tried of this, and I’m tired of people not thinking for themselves, regurgitating hate, and hiding behind it because it’s politics. We are better than that.

(X-posted: Facebook)

Today is my birthday…

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So today is my birthday. Thank you Google for recognizing this today with my personalized search graphic.

On this day, forty-eight years ago in Australia I was born. I was a winter baby, born in the month of June in the southern hemisphere (I’ve discovered I prefer having summer birthdays!). I love celebrating my birthday; getting older has never been an issue with me. Sure there have been a few that I’ve been more apprehensive about than others (my 25th birthday comes to mind), but I’ve always appreciated that actually having the opportunity to celebrate a birthday is better than the alternative.

This year will be another difficult year for me. Not because of my birthday, but because of so many that will no longer celebrate their birthdays because of the actions of gun wielding lunatics. Today, I’m reminded that the joy of responding to my friends on Facebook, texts and emails will not be something that 75 people who were murdered in a mass shooting this month alone, will never have the opportunity to do again. Families no longer celebrating with their husbands, wives, sons, daughters; friends no longer being able to celebrate at a restaurant, home, or at a bar.

So this year, as I hope I will remember every year, I will continue to celebrate my birthday, but I will remember those that were taken from us last Sunday morning in Orlando; those taken from us in Charlotte last year (on this same day); those taken from us in Sandy Hook in 2012; those taken from us in Columbine in 1999; and those taken from us everyday in a mass shooting (75 people so far this month alone; 288 this year).

To my family and friends, thank you for your kind words and greetings. As always, they are much appreciated, and I love you for thinking of me for that moment.