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Serving in Silence exhibition opens in Sydney

2018 05 03 SevingInSilenceLaunch

'Serving in Silence' the untold history of Australia’s LGBTI service personnel was launched earlier this week by Alex Grenwich, MP and supported by DEFGLIS president Vince Chong.

This exhibition brings to light the contributions of brave LGBTI service men and women performing combat and support roles, and the families that emerged in the most extraordinary of circumstances.
     - Vince Chong, DEFGLIS President

The TAP Art Gallery & Function House hosts the 'Serving in Silence' exhibition until Sunday 4th March following the successful installation at the State Gallery in Melbourne during the Midsumma Festival.

The Australian Defence Force has a long and proud history of defending Australia and its national interest, a history that is very well documented through the lives and experiences of its members; however, as you read the letters to loved ones and sweethearts in the exhibition halls of the Australian War Memorial there is a slice of history that you wont read or find.

The missing piece is the lives and experiences of those who have been forced to serve in silence for fear of being kicked out or outed, the history of Australia’s LGBTI service personnel.

DEFGLIS President Vince Chong said that the oral histories will forever provide an important lens through which we can observe and analyse Defence's cultural journey - the good and the bad.

"It is a confronting, but most remarkable journey of a Defence Force that now demands inclusion and respect, to ensure that the most talented Australians operate and support our modern and capable weapons systems, while being the best they can be, whomever they are," said Chong.

The team of researchers consisting of Associate Professor Noah Riseman, Associate Professor Shirleene Robinson and Dr Graham Whillett have worked extensively to navigate unchartered water in writing the history books for the first time regarding LGBTI service personnel.

Throughout the project over 115 current and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force have been interviewed about their experiences serving in the military. The research team will be releasing the book ‘Serving in Silence’ later in the year.

The ‘Serving in Silence’ exhibition will be on display daily between 1200n to 1800h at the TAP Gallery and Function House from the Tuesday, 27th February 2018 until Sunday, 04th March 2018.


TAP Art Gallery & Function House
259 Riley St Surry Hills NSW 2010
T: 0400 610 440  
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Gallery: 12pm - 6 pm daily

About the Author
Author: James Smith
James is the Secretary and the Communications Director for DEFGLIS. He has served as Communications Director since 2013.
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