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After almost two years working at getting our constitution developed and working out how to incorporate DEFGLIS, we're finally ready to hit the go button! We invite all our current members and subscribers to register and create the formal incorporated association by passing a Special Resolution. Members who sign up between now and 26 March 2014 will be recognised as the Foundation membersof our association. After we incorporate, we'll vote in the new board from the nominations we received last year. Register online here.

Its been a fairly busy past few month for us all and unfortunately we haven't been able to bring you the news in the usual fashion. The major highlights include a community event with Brisbane's Gay and Lesbian Business Network, the our first participation at Western Australia Pride and our members participating in the New Zealand Pride in Defence conference.

The 'Outgames' is a multisport event targeting the LGBTI community of the Asia Pacific region. Registrations are now open via their website and they would like to invite DEFGLIS and our members to participate in the games. This event has a large range of activities with 18 sports on offer being; athletics, aquathon, badminton, basketball, dancesport, dragon boating, soccer, golf, hockey, lawn bowls, roller derby, softball, squash, swimming, tennis, tenpin bowling, touch football and volleyball.

Alternatively if you would like more information about the games, Olivia the Sports coordinator would be happy to chat to people further about potential involvement in the games via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The New Zealand Defence Force has launched an "It Gets Better" video - featuring members of Overwatch - the counterpart of DEFGLIS in New Zealand. To our knowledge it is the first time a Defence Force has produced such a video which is aimed at reducing the risk of suicide in young people.

Access to assisted reproductive technologies (ART) for same-sex attracted women was clarified in a recent Health Directive issued by the Department of Defence.

Health Directive No 203 released 11 Feb 2013 stated that “Medicare provides benefits for ART only where ART is the clinically appropriate response to medical infertility. Benefits are not payable for surrogacy or for social infertility.”

A spokesperson from Joint Health Command indicated that the use of the term ‘social infertility’ in the Directive means non-clinical reasons for infertility, and that the revision to the policy does not discriminate against lesbians who are infertile.

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