ILGA » ILGA Oceania » Australian soldiers allowed to march in uniform at Mardi Gras

News

Filter by Show me news ›

Australian soldiers allowed to march in uniform at Mardi Gras

For the first time Australian army soldiers will be allowed to march in uniform at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Avatar of Alessia Valenza

28th December 2012 07:28

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Oceania

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) announced this week that it has given permission for its soldiers, sailors and air men and women to march in uniform at next year’s Sydney Mardi Gras parade.

For the first time members of the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force can show their support of LGBTQI rights and their allegiance to the ADF.

Gays and lesbians have been allowed to openly serve in the military for 20 years in Australia, and the ADF have allowed members to march in the Sydney Mardi Gras parade for five years, but 2013 will be the first year they are allowed to march in uniform.

Read the full story