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by James Bonello

Australians and New Zealanders have a long history of partnership and cooperation.  Our countries are neighbours with friendship firmly rooted in our shared ethics, values, and adorable accents that other English speakers around the world tend to mix up.  Our kinship is clearly evident in our cultural, sporting, and social connections, including our longstanding military partnership, with a strong ANZAC history bridging the Tasman Sea.

The Australian Defence Force was awarded the Mardi Gras Parade GOLD AWARD for the Show Stopping Parade Entry.

Congratulations to all participants who helped to celebrate greater inclusion of all sexual orientations, sex and gender identities to strengthen capability. A spectacular first appearance by the Australian Defence Force that will be remembered for years to come.

Warrant Officer Stuart O'Brien accepted the award on behalf of the Australian Defence Force.

Aerial Photo: Jack Benjamin East

The Australian Defence Force will march officially for the very first time at the Sydney Mardi Gras on Saturday 02 Mar 2013.

The Defence decision to allow members to participate in the Mardi Gras comes 20 years after the policy on homosexual behaviour was rescinded.

Read more about the Australian Defence Force Participation and the experiences of LGBTI personnel in Defence in the following News Articles:

SX Magazine - True Colours: ADF at Sydney Mardi Gras Parade

Photo: John McRae for SX Magazine / Gay News Network, Original Source: Gay News Network

Pictured: ADF and DEFGLIS members Lieutenant Joshua Maher, Leading Aircraftwoman Andrea Pearce and Private Anthony Wilson

Same Same - Out in Australia's armed forces


PhotoCommonwealth of Australia

Pictured Right: Flight Lieutenant Nathan White, Corporal Danni Gurkin, Corporal Renae Fritzell-Flint

 

LTCOL Paul Morgan, a senior officer in the Australian Army and victim of a vicious gay-hate facebook campaign, condemns the Australian Defence Force's neglect of abuse victims.

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-07/army-officer-says-adf-fails-abuse-victims/4558834

The Chief of Defence Force responded in this video: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-07/defence-force-chief-responds-to-abuse-mishandling/4559496

"DEFGLIS will continue to advocate for greater LGBTI education and training for Defence personnel, and the establishment of improved support arrangements for LGBTI personnel as we have done since we first heard about this incident," said Vince Chong, Chair of DEFGLIS. "We continue to extend friendship and support to LTCOL Morgan and his family, and we hope for the expeditious resolution of his complaint."

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