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This NAIDOC Week, 8-15 July, Defence and DEFGLIS celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Indigenous Australians.

The theme – Because of Her We Can – celebrates the invaluable contributions that Indigenous Australian women have made, and continue to make, to our communities, families, rich history and to our nation.

This week provides an opportunity not only to celebrate the contribution of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members and their families but to particularly note the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

The Defence Indigenous champion said that creating a culturally safe and inclusive workplace requires a sustained and united effort from all Defence staff.

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“The unifying trans experience is rejection and repudiation.” So says Cate McGregor’s character in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor Story.

This one line summarises a sad reality of life for trans and gender diverse people. Despite coming from different cultural, religious and class backgrounds; despite there being so much diversity of opinion and politics; and despite expressing their gender identities in so many ways; what unites them is having experienced stigma and denigration.

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Air Vice-Marshal (Dr.) Tracy Smart AM, ADF Surgeon General and Commander of Joint Health Command was named as one of Australia's most outstanding LGBTI Australians. AVM Smart is responsible for the provision of strategic health advice, technical oversight, health care, and operational health preparedness across the ADF.

This initiative between Google and Deloitte is in it’s third year and seeks to identify industry and political leaders in Australia who have made significant contributions to LGBTI inclusion in the modern workplace and who have become role models for LGBTI people.

2018 05 00 BradfordIn Tell Me I’m Okay, author and retired sexual health doctor David Bradford relates a remarkable set of stories about growing up as a gay child in a strongly Christian family, struggling with his sexuality, serving as an army doctor in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, working as Director of the Melbourne Communicable Diseases Centre at the time of the arrival of HIV/AIDS, and in private practice with hundreds of AIDS patients, many of whom did not survive.

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