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decision to allow members to participate in the Mardi Gras comes 20 years after the policy on homosexual behaviour was rescinded.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

 

DEFGLIS and the UK Army LGBT Forum have recently entered into an arrangement that allows Australian Defence Force personnel working in the UK to join and participate in networking events. Through the UK Army LGBT Forum, ADF personnel can gain access to many similar services offered by DEFGLIS including: professional networking, peer-support and connections to the local LGBTI community in the UK.  Similarly, UK personnel that are posted to Australia will be eligible to join DEFGLIS which will ease the difficulty of settling into a new foreign posting.

Defence recently released an internal policy DI(G) ADMIN 08-2, which details social media policy for Defence members.  Key principles: make it clear you only represent yourself, protect privacy, protect classified information, respect the guidelines, and remember organisational responsibilities.

DEFGLIS is seeking further information from the Department regarding whether monitoring and record keeping requirements are applicable to our website, Facebook and twitter accounts.

More Information: http://www.defence.gov.au/social/index.htm

 

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