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DEFGLIS - what we're about


DEFGLIS supports diversity and inclusion—learning about our differences, and finding effective ways to work with one another to produce the war fighting effects required of the ADF. While originally set up to provide support to LGBTI people in the Australian Defence Organisation, DEFGLIS strongly values inclusion for all people.

The tight knit cohesion required of combat units isn't achieved by hating, vilifying, abusing, degrading, humiliating—or more recently—online bullying of its people. That type of behaviour is counter productive; it harms capability and is never justified. It repels talented people from all walks of life from contributing to Australia's defence.

Defence needs diversity, which fosters innovation and unique thinking, enhancing military strategy.

Every person willing and capable of working as part of a team deserves a fair go in the ADF. We shouldn't have to protect ourselves from each other.

DEFGLIS aims to support personnel through professional networking, strengthen capability through inclusion, and educate personnel about sexual orientation, transgender and intersex issues.

We value inclusion, justice, integrity and community.

We encourage everyone in the Australian Defence Organisation to be themselves, look after and support each other.

Photo: Vick Gwyn for Australian War Memorial (C) Copyright 2013 All Rights Reserved


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Latest News

Breaking the Binary: Gender Diversity in Defence

DEFGLIS celebrates International Non-binary People’s Day on 14 July 2020 International Non-Binary People’s day is held every year on 14 July, at the midpoint between International Women’s and International Men’s days...

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LGBTI DV Awareness Day launches 28 May 2020

DEFGLIS Treasurer Don Robertson discusses active bystander behaviour and support for domestic & family violence victims - along with the launch of LGBTI DV Awareness Day with DVConnect Director Ben Bjarnesen DEFGLIS...

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DEFGLIS Board Update: May 2020

DEFGLIS is providing advice on transgender and gender diverse policies, and seeking out opportunities for networking in the wake of COVID-19. This update provides a snapshot of the key outcomes...

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Rainbow cake and conversations: 30 year IDAHOBIT milestone celebrated globally

DEFGLIS Events Director Bonnie Doyle discusses why 30 years on, IDAHOBIT is such an important day for our community. I’m at a brand new workplace this year and I raised the...

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