180425 CBR CateMcGregorGordonRamsayCoverCate McGregor and Gordon Ramsay MLA laid a rainbow wreath paying special tribute to brave LGBTI personnel who have served with honour and to commemorate the sacrifice of all Australian and New Zealand soldiers, sailors and airmen.

The rainbow tribute in Canberra was a joint collaboration between the ACT Government and DEFGLIS.

Cate McGregor, the most senior transgender member to serve in Defence, placed the rainbow wreath on behalf of the DEFGLIS association and reflected on the rich diversity of veterans who have fought and died for their country.

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PrEP, the preventative medicine that radically reduces the risk of HIV transmission, will be subsidised via the Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule (PBS) from 1 April 2018.

The Australian government made the announcement in a press release today to provide $180 million of benefits to assist the fight against HIV.

The treatment involves taking PrEP once per day in order to reduce the risk of HIV infection for people who are a medium to high risk of HIV infection.

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International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights," says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem.

Within Defence, LTCOL Lara Bullpitt-Troy thrives in her role as the Commanding Officer of Joint Logistics Unit-North. A proud mother of two young boys, Lara has witnessed a positive change in the way that diversity and International Women’s Day (IWD) is embraced across the nation.

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Defence and DEFGLIS joined with 200 distinct groups to march in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, that featured a stunning array of creative concepts from all walks of the LGBTI community.

The contingent of over 150 personnel was led by Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart, AM - the Commander of Joint Health and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force.

The people in this parade are immensely proud to serve and have gathered from all over the nation to show how proud they are to be part of Australia's defence and warfighting capability
- Vince Chong, President of DEFGLIS

Warrant Officer of the Navy Gary Wight also proudly led the many soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen who volunteer their spare time to march with pride for their service and to celebrate the diversity that brings strength to the many of the warfighting roles that they undertake.

2018 02 00 MelbourneOver 75 years of LGBTI military service in Australia was presented by Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives and City of Melbourne Library Service.

To commemorate 25 years since lifting the LGB ban, this exhibition showcases the history of LGBTI military service in Australia since World War II.

The exhibition brings together photographs, objects, documents and the life stories of current and former service personnel to explore how LGBTI Defence members navigated their lives in the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army, and Royal Australian Air Force.

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